Comments on: Is Stetson Allie a Future All-Star, Platoon Player, or Minor League Director? Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 18:59:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: Slugger14 Wed, 29 May 2013 11:39:00 +0000 Tim.
You should know that there is some compromise for power hitters and strike outs- Adam Dunn, Atlanta Braves, etc. etc. Atlanta Braves lead all of baseball in home runs but, they also lead all of baseball in strike outs. Adam Dunn has had strike out issues but, I know a lot of teams would like that bat in the middle of their line-up.
As to your comment- “doesn’t necessarily lead to great things in upper levels. Man, that is why they call it the “minor league”. All I hear about is how hard he works at the game- great sign! I watched him a lot in spring training- kid really works hard at his game every day. What a tremendous development from the beginning of spring to how he was swinging it at the end of spring training.

By: piratemike Mon, 27 May 2013 16:17:52 +0000 The same people who want him in AA now are the same ones who will blame the Pirates for moving him too quickly if he fails.
In a previous article it was pointed out that Allie had the tools to play 3rd but the Pirates wanted him to concentrate on his hitting by playing an easier position.

By: Tim Williams Mon, 27 May 2013 15:25:29 +0000 “You guys just do not get it. This kid has done some amazing things and you still refuse to give him “Props”.”

Giving him “props” is one thing. I’ve acknowledged that he’s had a great season. But a great season in low-A doesn’t necessarily lead to great things in the upper levels or even the majors. And especially not with a big strikeout rate.

“He’ll never convince some of YOU”

He’ll convince me when the strikeout rate goes down consistently, or when he can dominate upper level pitchers while having a high strikeout rate.

By: Slugger14 Sun, 26 May 2013 23:15:04 +0000 You guys just do not get it. This kid has done some amazing things and you still refuse to give him “Props”.

Platoon Player my ………..! This guys has tools, man! All he needs is to continue with the process. Stay within himself and take it one day at a time! One level at a time!

He’ll never convince some of YOU- this kid has come a long way. I bet he could go out on the mound right now! He is that ATHLETIC.

By: BuccoMike Sat, 25 May 2013 13:17:20 +0000 he needs about 100 plate appearances or so in AA this year then about 200 to 300 next year.

By: BuccoMike Sat, 25 May 2013 13:15:00 +0000 Platoon player at best.

By: glassers Thu, 23 May 2013 16:53:08 +0000 This could really end up being a great story . Drafted as a pitcher who could not find the plate then converted to first where he has displayed some power . It will be interesting watching this kid develope .

By: maguro Thu, 23 May 2013 03:07:16 +0000 None of the above. He’s a future Navy SEAL.

By: Susanne Klich Langford Wed, 22 May 2013 21:11:28 +0000 He is definitely way behind other 22 year old hitters experience-wise…many of whom have 4 years of college, 4 minor league seasons or more, or a combination of the 2 under their belts. It will be interesting to see if they speed him along or take their time. To me, really no hurry because he has so few abs. I am surprised he got switched to 1B so soon considering he would probably have the strongest arm at third of any player in the minors. I think if he continues to destroy it like he has he probably will play at High A this year and then he could do AA at some point next year and play in the fall league to catch up some at bats. Great story to even have hope of getting something back from the 2.25 mil investment. -frederick langford

By: Kevin Anstrom Wed, 22 May 2013 20:09:47 +0000 leadoff – I have seen Allie play a few times including last night.

A few observations …

-He’s a pretty good athlete – quick hands and feet. There are several players at more “athletic” positions with fewer defensive tools. If the Pirates wanted they could stick him in LF, RF, or 3B. I don’t think that should change his value as a prospect.
-I think he’ll be a better than average @ 1B.
-Dilson Herrera and Allie are the stars of the team. The players know who the best players are.
-His second homer was hit so hard that the guy next to me asked if it broke the Chick-Fil-A sign. It was an absolute rocket hit ~ 350 feet.
-I think he has more raw power than anyone in the organization (Alvarez included). His power is in the Mike Morse category.
-I could see him developing into a Mark Reynolds-type 1B.

BTW I remember Broadway from his days as a college player. He was one of the best in the ACC. However, his power was very average for a pro 1B.