Stetson Allie is the best hitter so far in the Pirates' system, and in the South Atlantic League.
I have a new rule for Stetson Allie. Whatever he's doing in Spring Training, I'm going to take the opposite and that's going to be my prediction for the year.
Last year -- when Allie was a pitcher -- I thought he looked good in Spring Training. That wasn't just me. That was the opinion of other people who were watching, whether that was scouts, other people on the site, or coaches and players. It was a continuation of what I saw at the end of the 2011 season. Allie was showing a bit more control and command of his pitches. He was starting to look like a guy who could make it to the majors as a power arm.
Then he went to West Virginia. And it was a disaster. In two appearances he recorded just two outs, giving up four runs and walking eight batters in the process. That was nothing at all like his Spring. The Pirates eventually switched him to becoming a hitter.
Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.