The Pirates' minor leaguers today went up against Toronto's in two class A level exhibition games. (The level designations mean little at this stage, as players haven't gotten their assignments yet and much of the AAA teams are still in major league camp, forcing a lot of temporary upward movement.) The main attraction was the Pirates' hard-throwing 2010 second round draft pick, Stetson Allie, who started the "low A" game. He drew a crowd of onlookers, most of whom were probably disappointed. Allie struggled through two innings, failing to get three outs in either--in these exhibition games, the pitchers are on single-inning pitch limits and the teams don't make mid-inning pitching changes, so the inning just ends if the pitcher hits his limit. Allie threw in the mid-90s in his first ...
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