Comments on: Top Performers: Stetson Allie Mashes His Way to the Top Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 17:13:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: Lee Young Mon, 27 May 2013 16:51:49 +0000 ‘Your’ not you’re.

By: Lee Young Mon, 27 May 2013 16:51:18 +0000 Tim…welcome back. I hope you’re time off was rejuvenating.


By: Tim Williams Mon, 27 May 2013 16:09:42 +0000 I could see him being promoted.

By: clemo83 Mon, 27 May 2013 16:04:59 +0000 Tim,

I’m sure you’ve had this question before, but if Allie continues on this pace do you see him being promoted this year or given a full season where he is, given his lack of hitting experience?

By: Tim Williams Mon, 27 May 2013 15:12:14 +0000 We did worry about the strikeouts from Alvarez. However, Alvarez had the following strikeout rates:

A+: 28.8%
AA: 26.6%
AAA: 28.1%

Not considerably better than Allie this year (31.9%), but better at higher levels. Also, we’re seeing now why strikeouts are a bad sign. The upside from Alvarez in the majors is very limited right now, and it’s largely because of strikeouts.

By: leadoff Mon, 27 May 2013 14:35:01 +0000 We worry so much about Allies’ strikeouts, but we never worried about Alvarez’s in the minors, makes me think that we are being overly concerned about something that comes with the long swing.
In High School Allie was a power hitting 3rd basemen, he did not just start hitting with power, IMO, the Pirates should move him up near the end of the season and see what he can do a little higher, but the strikeouts just don’t bother me at this point.
One other note: I am not worried about Alvarez’s strikeouts now either, IMO players like Alvarez and Allie have to be mature before I start being concerned about strikeouts and I don’t believe either one is fully mature yet.
When Alvarez is 29-30 the Pirates won’t be able to sign him with a Brinks truck parked out front.