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Chad Allen knew importance of school, saw four pro seasons

Chad Allen 1990 Watertown Indians card

When Gonzaga's Chad Allen was drafted in 1989, he was about as far away from pro baseball as he could be, in the Soviet republic of Georgia, on a trip to teach Georgians baseball with his college team, The Tri-City Herald wrote.

Once he learned, on the return trip, that he'd been drafted by the Indians, the deliberations began, The Herald wrote. Did he want to go? Or finish school?

"I'd be lying if I said I didn't want to play pro baseball," Allen told The Herald. "But school is very important to me."

Allen did turn pro, but he waited until the next year to sign. His pro career then lasted four seasons. He topped out at AA.

Allen's career began in 1990, taken by the Indians in ninth round of the 1989 draft out of Gonzaga.

At Gonzaga, Allen threw a fife-hitter in an April 1989 win, The Spokane Spokesman-Review wrote. Afterward, he praised his pitching coach, former major leaguer Tom Gorman, for his help.

"He's brought to the staff an attitude that's really helped our club," Allen told The Spokesman-Review. "I think it's helped me more than anyone on the team."

Allen started with the Indians in 1990 at short-season Watertown. He saw 15 starts and went 7-6, with a 3.48 ERA.

He then moved to high-A Kinston for 1991. He saw 26 outings, 25 starts and went 9-8, with a 2.48 ERA. He split 1991 between Kinston and AA Canton-Akron. He saw 12 outings, five starts at AA, with a 5.54 ERA.

Allen started 1993 at Canton-Akron. He went 0-1 over 18 relief appearances, with a 5.16 ERA. He then moved to the Brewers system and high-A Stockton. He saw 26 relief outings there to end his career.

Chad Allen 1990 Watertown Indians card

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,206
Made the Majors:1,380-32.8%
Never Made Majors:2,826-67.2%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:561
10+ Seasons in the Minors:344

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