ASU alum Brad Allen shines in California League debut

VISALIA, CA ( - It's been a season of firsts for Brad Allen.

The 24-year-old made his Minor League debut in May and tossed a seven-inning shutout in just his fourth start. He pitched South Bend's second no-hitter of the season on Aug. 10 and fanned 10 batters his last time out.

Allen earned his first professional promotion this week and, on Saturday, earned the win in his California League debut.

The D-backs prospect allowed two hits and struck out eight batters over six innings, pitching Class A Advanced Visalia to a 2-0 victory over Stockton at Banner Island Ballpark

"Trust me, it's been crazy sometimes," said Allen, who signed with the D-backs out of an independent league last December. "I woke up this morning and said, 'Wow, I'm in California. How did I get all the way over here?'

"But it's been fun and I've learned a lot and met a lot of great people in the organization. Every step I take, I hope it keeps going."