Monday, September 8, 2014
Minor League Monday - Steve Allen, 1990 ProCards Tulsa Drillers.
Kicking off the team set is pitcher Steve Allen on card #1148. Allen had been with the Gastonia Rangers at Single A in 1989. He's actually been featured here on a second card for his 1989 season. He got the promotion to Double A Tulsa to start the 1990 season.
Steve was a reliever and mostly a back of the bullpen guy. He made 54 appearances for Tulsa in 1990 and finished 23 games. Over the 89.1 innings he pitched he put together a 3.83 ERA and a 1.556 WHIP. His strikeout to walk ratio was a very respectable 2.00 as he struck out 84 opposing batters while walking 42.
Allen's ERA was up from the previous season in Single A but that was to be expected with the increased ability of the batters. Perhaps it was a bit too much of a jump for the Rangers. They traded Steve and fellow minor leaguer David Lynch to the Dodgers for Jim Poole on December 30, 1990.
After leaving the Rangers organization, Allen pitched for four more seasons with in the minors with LA and Colorado. He topped out at Triple A and hung up the spikes following the 1994 season.