According to Dejan Kovacevic and Rob Biertempfel, the Pittsburgh Pirates will be converting 2010 2nd round draft pick Stetson Allie from a pitcher to a hitter. Allie struggled on the mound this year in West Virginia, walking eight in just 0.2 innings of work. He showed improved command in Spring Training, but his control still suffered at times, and completely fell apart in West Virginia.
I saw Allie hitting last fall in a pitcher’s only home run derby. Allie beat Brooks Pounders in the finals, hitting several shots to center field at Pirate City. When he was drafted he was considered one of the best power hitters in the 2010 prep class. He also had an arm that could touch triple digits, with a plus slider.
It’s kind of a surprise to see him making the switch this early, especially a few weeks after Pirates’ General Manager Neal Huntington saidthat they didn’t want to create any undue drama, and they were continuing their plan with him as a starting pitcher. He immediately becomes one of the best power hitting prospects in the system, although it will be interesting to see how the rest of his hitting goes after being a pitcher for the last two and a half years.