Prospect Watch: Stetson Allie’s Strikeouts Are a Concern

TOP OF THE SYSTEM

A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. Rankings are from the mid-season rankings, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player page.

1. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 5.25) – DNP

2. Gregory Polanco, CF, Altoona (.264) – DNP

3. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (8-3, 2.50) – DNP

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona (.196) – DNP

5. Austin Meadows, CF, GCL Pirates (.331) - 1-for-4, 3 K

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.283) – DNP

7. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona (3-3, 3.02) – DNP

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power (4-3, 3.57) – DNP

9. Reese McGuire, C, GCL Pirates (.313) - 1-for-2, 2B, BB

10. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.269) - DNP

11. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.261) - Low-A DL

12. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 19.29) - Triple-A DL

13. Stetson Allie, 1B, Bradenton (.231) - 1-for-5, 4 K

14. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.185) - 0-for-1, 2 BB (GCL Rehab)

15. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (4-5, 4.27) - DNP

16. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Indianapolis (2-4, 3.30) - DNP

17. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (2-2, 2.27) – DNP

18. Harold Ramirez, CF, Jamestown (.308) – DNP

19. Blake Taylor, LHP, GCL Pirates (0-1, 1.32) – DNP

20. Jin-De Jhang, C, Jamestown (.279) - DNP

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Robby Rowland, RHP (5.28) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: D.J. Crumlich, 2B (.189) – 2-for-3, 2B, 2 BB

Home Runs: None

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Indianapolis was off today.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Altoona was off today.

 

Stetson Allie is striking out 39% of the time.

Stetson Allie is striking out 39% of the time.

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Box Score

Result: Charlotte 5, Bradenton 4

Starting Pitcher: Robby Rowland, RHP (5.28) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: D.J. Crumlich, 2B (.189) – 2-for-3, 2B, 2 BB

Other Notable Performers:

Gift Ngoepe, SS (.308) – 2-for-5, 3B, BB

Ashley Ponce, 3B (.250) – 2-for-4, BB, 2 RBI

Stetson Allie, 1B (.231) – 1-for-5, 4 K

Game Notes: Stetson Allie struck out four times tonight, which puts him at a 39% strikeout rate in 169 at-bats in his time in high-A. He has been drawing a lot of walks, but he isn’t hitting for a lot of power, and isn’t hitting for average. Usually the high strikeout/high walk combination isn’t a good sign. You’d think that the walks are encouraging, and a sign that the hitter is being selective. However, most guys who have that high strikeout and high walk combo are getting there because they’re being too selective waiting on a pitch to crush. They will see that pitch in low-A, they will see fewer of those pitches in high-A, and once they make the jump to Double-A they’ll face more pitchers who get ahead in the count, which means the strikeouts remain and the walks drop. Allie was streaky in his time in West Virginia. He’s still in his first full year as a hitter, and still developing. He came on rather quickly, and overcame some issues almost as soon as they came up in low-A. He isn’t adjusting as quickly in high-A, which might keep him at the level for the start of the 2014 season.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

West Virginia was off today.

 

A-: JAMESTOWN JAMMERS

Jamestown was off today.

 

RK: GCL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Blue Jays 2, Pirates 1

Starting Pitcher: Jon Sandfort, RHP (2-2, 4.88) – 4.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Reese McGuire, DH (.331) – 1-for-2, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Austin Meadows, CF (.313) – 1-for-4, 3 K

Wyatt Mathisen, C (.545) – 0-for-1, 2 BB

Game Notes: Jon Sandfort got off to a great start in the GCL, but has struggled in his last four outings. The right-hander has combined for 11 earned runs in 11.2 innings in that time, with a 12:8 K/BB ratio. That compares to four earned runs in 16 innings over his first four starts, with a 16:3 K/BB ratio. Reese McGuire picked up his tenth double of the year. Wyatt Mathisen is now 6-for-11 with five walks and no strikeouts in five rehab games. The more important thing is that he has now played three games in the last four days, which is a good sign that he’s getting back to being healthy.

Tim Williams

Author: Tim Williams

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.

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  • Alley2Maz

    Allie is a hopeful return on investment, as all draft picks are.

    He has done well this season. He was a dominant LowA power hitter.

    I believe next season he will do the same thing at Bradenton—-and then struggle again in Altoona.
    I believe the kid is a worker and the Pirates can coach him up.
    He has a hell of a lot more value now than he did at this time a year ago

    • http://www.facebook.com/lee.young.161 Lee Young

      amen to that last statement.

      still a lonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnng way to go.

  • derekbellstutu

    Tim, any idea when Wyatt Mathisen might end his rehab assignment & return to West Virginia?