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Watch Josh Bell and Stetson Allie Take Batting Practice at the Same Time (Video)

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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, 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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  • themmis

    What is Allie’s primary position?

    • Tim Williams

      First base

      • themmis

        Ok, that is what I thought.

      • Bonds Top Hand

        Has the organization considered working him out at third at all Tim to your knowledge? Because I may very well be mistaken; but I thought Allie played alot of third in high school?

        • blcartwright

          Allie’s played some 3B, rather badly. Strong arm but erratic hands

  • Bonds Top Hand

    Looks like both these kids really like to “admire” their work while in the cage taking their hacks.

    • Tim Williams

      They do have some extra time between pitches. Plus there’s a lot to admire. Allie was crushing them today.

      • Bonds Top Hand

        Looked like he really stroked a few of those balls well to the opposite field. And as long as he was watching, they must’ve traveled quite a few feet! Stayed inside the ball really well it appeared.

  • Matty19

    It looks like Allie has a more polished swing, which surprises me. Bell seems to cut his swing short and not fully extend.

  • frompittwithlove

    really impressed with Stetson’s swing…simple setup with really good upper and lower half connection

    he’s cut down a ton of movement…the big leg kick and the “squat” when he goes back are all gone…the end result is a much more balanced, repeatable swing…he’s going to cut down a ton on his strikeout #s this year

    Josh Bell…yikes…just look at the difference between he and Stetson when they finish…Bell is falling off a lot and his hips and hands seem disconnected…definitely early but Allie definitely looks like the better prospect here

  • C Shint

    Phew Bell looks like a monster physically. Perhaps a preview of the 3-4 spots in Bradenton lineup? I’m also high on Allie. First full year back as a hitter under his belt, I expect him to have a solid year this year and get back on the prospect big board.

  • Rick Meyer

    Is there a reason they both have a line of baseballs sitting on home plate? The seem to be there on purpose.

    • Nickmid13

      I’m not sure. Maybe the pitcher was having trouble seeing the plate?

      Edit: after listening to a few pitches, it sounds like a machine so there goes that theory.

  • Nickmid13

    You can tell Allie has a much easier swing where Bell’s is more violent. With that said, it looks like Allie finishes his swing a little more upright. It is tough to be certain since the video is from the side (and it is only spring training), but I wonder if he’s going to have issues with pitches down and away.

  • mickmartinGE

    Do the Pirates videotape these batting sessions at all or do they have instructors that provide on the spot feedback?

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  • Brian Bernard

    Definately looking at the future competition for 1b in the show.
    Allie looks great. A natural.
    Bell looks like he wan’t to kill everything. I kinda like that.
    A little giggle here as I’m dreaming on these two developing into a killer combo at the plate. They are the power on the farm to watch IMO.

  • Matt Beam

    Bell looks like he could use another 2-3 yrs in the weight room. He still looks like he has a skinny lower half. Allie is MUCH more stout and strong in his lower half, plus he looks smoother since he releases his top hand post swing while Bell doesn’t

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