First Pitch: Why I Don’t Like Stetson Allie’s New Position

First Pitch: Why I Don’t Like Stetson Allie’s New Position

Tonight we learned that the Pirates are converting Stetson Allie to a position player, ending his brief run as a pitcher. As a pitcher, Allie had one of the best arms in the system, if not the best. He was sitting in the 94-96 MPH range in Spring Training, and has touched 100 MPH in the past. He also throws a sharp breaking slider, which is a plus pitch. The problem was always control.

Allie lacked control and command of his fastball, which was partially due to his inexperience as a pitcher. He first started pitching as a senior in high school. He showed improvements with his command from 2011 to 2012, and his control was much better in Spring Training outings. But that control quickly went away, as Allie gave up eight walks in 0.2 innings over two appearances. His control only got worse in extended Spring Training, which prompted the move to a hitter.

Coming out of the draft in 2010, Allie was regarded as one of the top power hitters in the prep class. He still has that raw power, w...

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