In reality, it was three months ago. Still, the right-hander completed his speedy ascent to the big leagues on Friday when the Indians called up Allen from Triple-A Columbus, a mere 13 months after the organization selected him in the 23rd round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.
"It's always a good feeling when you're going up," said Allen, who posted a 2.27 ERA in 24 appearances for the Clippers. "You want to keep moving up. The ultimate goal is, obviously, to play here and play here for a while. It's been a little bit surprising. If you would've told me two years ago that I would be here, then I probably wouldn't believe you."
Allen made his Major League debut on Friday night in relief of Tribe starter Derek Lowe, who made an early exit. Allen pitched a scoreless fourth inning, issuing a pair of walks and recording one strikeout.
To create roster space for Allen, the Indians optioned left-hander Scott Barnes to Columbus. Barnes compiled an 8.10 ERA in seven appearances for Cleveland this season.
Allen opened the season with Carolina. After two outings spanning four scoreless innings, he was promoted to Double-A Akron. He didn't stay there long, either, as he headed to Columbus after allowing one run in 7 2/3 innings for the Aeros.
In all, the 23-year-old has compiled a 1.87 ERA in 31 appearances out of the bullpen this season. The Indians like his propensity to miss bats. Allen is averaging 11 strikeouts per nine innings and has limited opposing hitters to a .166 batting average (25-for-151). While with Columbus, he held left-handed hitters to a .133 average.
"He's a guy that attacks the strike zone with a power arm and he has a good breaking ball," Indians manager Manny Acta said.
Allen is the second player from the 2011 Draft class to reach the Major Leagues along with D-backs right-hander Trevor Bauer, who was the third overall selection in the first round. Allen said there is no secret recipe for his immediate success.
"It's baseball. It's 60 feet, six inches," Allen said. "Obviously, the players are better and they have advanced scouting reports and things like that. But you still have to make good pitches, you still have to get outs and you still have to perform."