Stetson Allie will convert to a position player this year in the GCL.
The GCL Pirates are very much about projection this year. The team is made up of a lot of international players making the jump to the US, and a lot of young draft picks. On the pitching side, the Pirates feature their usual assortment of high school pitchers with projectable arms. On the hitting side, there are a lot of potential breakout candidates. The big story this year will be Stetson Allie, who is converting to a hitting prospect, and starting his hitting career in the GCL, playing third base and serving as the designated hitter.
A lot of the prospects at this level are hard to project for the long-term, even with general projections such as a possible ceiling. There's a lot of upside, and a lot of players have the chance to be this year's Alen Hanson -- as in candidates who could be a breakout prospect in the system as early as next year. However, picking the actual breakout prospects pre-season might a...
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