Signed to be the closer for the Angels, Cody Allen continues to climb the draft boards. Perhaps it’s the association with Mike Trout or Allen being named a closer with so many fluid situations about to ensue with the season fast approaching. Either way, it could be a risky venture even with perceived clarity.

Last year did not go well for Allen. He recorded four wins among his 10 decisions and 27 saves over 67 innings in 70 games. But his ERA rose to 4.70, his FIP to 4.70 and WHIP to 1.36 accompanying a 11.4 walk percentage. Working from behind in the count forced Allen to throw more fastballs resulting in predictability and a spike to 38.4 in hard hit rate allowed.

Over the last three years, Allen’s tied for seventh in baseball in saves (91) with Aroldis Chapman . Allen’s appeared in 208 games with a 261:81 K:BB, 3.35 ERA, 3.66 FIP, 1.16 WHIP and 13.9 swinging strike percentage. Perhaps last year could be an outlier? Before investing in those rose-colored glasses, note...