Allie led the Pirates system in walks the last two seasons (Photo credit: David Hague)

Prospect Highlights: Stetson Allie Homer, Broxton’s Having a Solid Season

The highlights have been a little slow the last few days for Altoona and Indianapolis, so we waited a little bit to show this first clip. This is Stetson Allie’s 16th homer of the season, one behind JaCoby Jones for the Pirates organization lead. It’s an impressive shot from Allie, who has been on a recent hot streak, improving his two biggest weaknesses, low average and high strikeouts.

Even after an 0-for-3 yesterday, Allie has raised his average since the All-Star break 21 games ago. He is batting .269 over that time, which is 34 points higher than his pre-break average. More recently, he has shown a great 7/5 BB/SO ratio in his last ten games. Prior to the break he was striking out once every three at-bats, but since then he is at 5.5 at-bats per K.

We praise the power output from JaCoby Jones(17 homers) and Willy Garcia(16 homers) this year, though we always mention that neither has shown great plate patience. Allie has 52 walks this year, more than both of them combined. His 104 strikeouts is high, but well behind both of those players, so his plate patience is less of an issue than it is for them. I mentioned a week or so ago in another highlights article that Allie needed to show some improvements to be a possible addition to the 40-man roster over the off-season and so far, he is headed in the right direction.

Keon Broxton showed some hustle on this RBI double in the video below. For those that follow minor league baseball, the title of the video suggests some wishful thinking on the part of Altoona, but I assure you that Byron Buxton wasn’t traded to the Pirates. Keon Broxton is having a solid all-around season as a 24-year-old(turned 24 in May) in his second season of AA. He’s displayed improvements over last year, cutting down on his strikeouts while improving his walks. He also has 11 homers and 18 stolen bases, both surpassing last year’s totals. He’s still a fringe prospect at this point, but he has shown that he deserves a shot at AAA next year.

Some other clips to fill out your Saturday. Jose Tabata had two highlights from Friday. This double here….

…and this sliding catch that he went all out for in foul ground. It’s actually quite impressive with all the bullpen distractions, players/wall/mound.

Chase d’Arnaud picked up this outfield assist with an unusual twist.

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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  • Red_Skully

    Next year, I would rather see Keon Broxton than Jaff Decker on the 40-man roster. Although Decker is the same age and has 1-1/2 at a higher level, I think Broxton has more upside and could have more trade value in the coming years.

  • st1300b

    Seems like Eric Weiss is quietly having an almost equal year to JaCoby Jones minus the power display, but plus showing a little better plate dicipline?
    Is he a potential breakout based on his performance this year? What kind of an athlete is Weiss compared to Jones?

    • John Dreker

      Weiss doesn’t have much power and he lacks the speed and overall ability Jones has. Weiss is a month shy of his 23rd birthday in Low-A ball, so anything he does should be taken with a huge grain of salt. He’s having a tough time against lefties too, so that’s not a good sign. He’s basically performing how a player with his college experience at his age, should in Low-A ball, which limits his upside right now. He also has 20 errors at second base, so there is a lot not to like with him. He’s going to have to prove he can hit at higher levels and show overall improvements in his game before he really is considered a prospect. Jones is rated higher because he has all the tools to be special, it’s a matter of consistency for him. A shortstop with 30/30 potential is extremely rare, but there is no guarantee he will reach that.

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