GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Shane Bieber, Zach Plesac and Aaron Civale have locked themselves in as the core of the Indians’ rotation. While Triston McKenzie seems to be the clear choice to be the Tribe’s fourth starter, the last spot won’t be as simple to fill.
Cal Quantrill may be the early favorite to round out the starting crew — especially after tossing two scoreless innings in Sunday’s Cactus League opener — but other starters, including Logan Allen, have already proven that the battle is just beginning.
“I’m gonna be a little surprised if [Allen] doesn’t make some noise this spring,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “I think he’s positioned himself where he’s situated himself for success.”
Allen impressed in the Tribe’s two-and-a-half-inning intrasquad scrimmage Saturday, giving up one run on one hit (a homer by Owen Miller). But what did the left-hander do to position himself for success in 2021? It started by switching to a keto diet last July and receiving guidance from Cleveland’s strength staff.
“Oh my gosh. Doughnuts. One thousand percent doughnuts,” Allen said, when asked which food he misses eating the most. “I’m a coffee and donut fiend, so that was like probably my toughest thing. … When I was coming through the Minor Leagues, younger, you don’t pay attention to those kinds of things as much. You eat fast food all the time.”
But changing his diet was just the beginning. Allen spent the entire…