DETROIT -- There are still times when Indians rookie Cody Allen takes a look at his surroundings and he can't believe he is actually in the Majors. It is easy to understand why, considering he opened this season with Class A Carolina.
Allen has enjoyed a rapid ascent to The Show.
"I still have a moment, probably every other day," Allen said on Sunday morning, "where it's like, 'I'm in the big leagues.' But I try not to be in awe of it too much."
Whether the 23-year-old Allen is in the clubhouse or on the mound, the right-hander does not appear to be in awe. He has just five big league relief appearances under his belt, but Allen has started to settle in and Cleveland is making plans for the young pitcher.
The hard-throwing Allen might have a future in the back end of the Tribe's bullpen.
"He's a guy that projects to pitch fairly high-leverage innings for us," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "[He could pitch in the] seventh inning and progress to a point where, whenever we probably give [setup man Vinnie Pestano] or one of those guys a break, he can fill in there. That's something we're preparing him for."
Through his first five outings for the Indians, Allen has turned in 7 1/3 scoreless innings with seven strikeouts and five walks (two coming in his big league debut against the Orioles on July 20). Allen's scoreless streak (no runs or earned runs) is the longest for an Indians reliever to start a Major League career since Edward Mujica opened his time with the Tribe with eight scoreless frames in 2006.
Allen joined the Indians after posting a 1.87 ERA in 31 games between Carolina, Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus this season. In his first two professional seasons, the right-hander fashioned a 1.74 ERA with 128 strikeouts against 23 walks in 98 Minor League innings.
"He was dominant in the Minor Leagues. That's why he's up here," Acta said. "He's a pretty confident kid. That's one of the things that has impressed our staff in the Minor Leagues and up here. He doesn't get fazed by anything, and he'll get after people."
While Allen still has his moments, the initial shock of reaching the big leagues so fast is beginning to wear off for the reliever.
"I was disappointed when we broke camp and I was in A ball," Allen said. "But I knew my future was in my own hands. If you pitch well and get better at the things they want you to get better at, odds are they'll move you up."