Stetson Allie is the Pirates Prospects Player of the Month For April

Each week we run our “Top Performers” series, looking at the best pitchers and hitters from the previous week. This year we will also be recapping each month in order to award the Pitcher and Player of the month. Below are the top Runs Created* totals in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the month of April. The rankings include every hitter who had an at-bat for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, not including DSL teams, and with no limitations on whether the hitter has prospect eligibility. Players who spent time at different levels are counted multiple times, once for each level, rather than combining their stats.

*Runs Created is a stat created by Bill James used to estimate how many runs an individual contributes to his team. There are many formulas for runs created. For these purposes the basic formula is used. That formula is ((H + BB) * (1B + (2*2B) + (3*3B) + (4*HR))) / (AB + BB).


Stetson Allie is the Pirates Prospects Player of the Month for the month of April.
Stetson Allie is the Pirates Prospects Player of the Month for the month of April.

Player of the Month

It should come as no surprise that Stetson Allie is the Player of the Month for the month of April. Allie had a huge month, hitting for a .351/.409/.660 line in 97 at-bats, with eight home runs. Only two players in minor league baseball hit more than eight homers in the month of April — Miguel Sano (Twins, A+) and Devin Harris (Giants, A+), who each had nine. Seven other players in minor league baseball tied with Allie with eight homers.

Allie’s .660 slugging percentage finished 20th in minor league baseball, although a lot of the players in front of him are organizational guys. Nine of those players are 26 or older in Triple-A. Two others are 24-25 years old and in high-A (including Devin Harris). Allie’s OPS of 1.069 was 21st in minor league baseball, again with a lot of organizational guys and upper level veterans ahead of him.

In the Pirates’ system, there wasn’t anyone close. Allie’s runs created was 10 runs more than the next closest hitter, Jordy Mercer. Even more amazing is that no two players could match Allie’s home run total.

The Other Candidates

Jordy Mercer got off to an impressive start in the month of April, hitting for a .330/.398/.440 line in 91 at-bats. The most impressive part of Mercer’s game was the walk rate. He walked 11 times this month, which is one-third of his total walks between 2011-2012 in 486 plate appearances.

Andrew Lambo got off to a great start to the season, reaching base safely in his first 21 games and having an 11 game hitting streak at one point. Lambo is off to a .287/.349/.457 start in 94 at-bats, although he’s spent so much time at the Double-A level that it’s hard to take his numbers seriously.

Josh Bell was right up there in the top five in runs created, coming in at number four.  That’s good to see from Bell, who is hitting for a .277/.306/.485 line in 101 at-bats. The power is there with 12 doubles and three homers, but you’d like to see more than five walks, and the 27 strikeouts are too much.

Rounding out the top five is Gregory Polanco, who has gotten off to a quietly strong start this year, following his big breakout season in 2013. Polanco hit for a .311/.373/.444 line in 90 at-bats in May. The plate patience remains outstanding, with an 8:9 BB/K ratio. He hasn’t been hitting for a lot of power, with six doubles, two homers, and a .133 ISO, but everything else in his game has been working well.

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Tim, when will Allie have to be added to the 40 man roster?


I don’t get everyone talking about Barmas has great D & Mercer not having any range. Gabe would probably beat Barmas in a foot race. Mercer has some speed. Barmas has absolutely butchered several plays that has directly cost the pbc some games. Bring up Mercer & if the vet loving clown won’t play him fire him. It would be no big loss.


Mercer has a chance to be a halfway decent SS, defensively I mean. Barmes, however, is very good defensively already. Better than Mercer and Ive seen Mercer play many, many times. It’s not an insult against Mercer, its just that Barmes is legitimate.
Mercer is not a fast runner. He is not an above average hitter. He doesnt have a lot of power. He’s basically a UT guy just like Harrison except a better defender.
You cant just give a guy a starting position because of one really good month in AAA, just like you shouldnt give a spot to a player who had an awesome spring like Hague had last season. Mercer is improving, especially with patience at the plate, and to be honest I would rather a “tweener” like himself to play everyday in AAA until he’s definately needed in the majors. which, to be honest, may be really soon unfortunately.

Susanne Klich Langford

Barmes’ defense is excellent. No one doubts that…well except jamminjoe. Footspeed and range are two different things. Although I agree that Mercer should be in the majors. He played decently last year.

joe g.

Its probably better that Jordy stays with Indy for now if you want to see him in Pittsburgh long term. If he gets called up now, he’ll spend all his time in the dugout testing new sunflower seed flavors. At Indy he can apply pressure thru his play and performance.


its ok i’ll be the guy to bring it up. Posted this on the “winning in Milwaukee” article last night but it fits more here. I know the timing is convenient, with John McDonald struggling the way he is right now but what do you think the chances are that we eventually release McDonald and bring up Mercer for some decent playing time, or even just giving Barmes a day off here and there? And if so when do you think it could happen? Mercer is obviously our future SS as of right now(unless we bring somebody else in) and with the year he is having so far I think he might be in a good place to see if he can carry some of that hitting over to the big league level. I was just never a big fan of the McDonald signing in the first place, I think we have enough of a veteran presence without him personally with Inge, Barmes, Burnett, etc. and think Mercer gives us a better opportunity to improve our lineup. His age alone gives him a higher ceiling and his defense is solid enough. But it is true, for whatever reason Mercer can get no love from Hurdle… Any thoughts on that as well?


I dont see how Mercer is definately our future SS. Hes barely even playing SS in tripleA right now. If anything, hes our future UT guy, even though I think the pirates view Harrison > Mercer.


Huntington can bring Mercer up, but Hurdle controls the lineup and he won’t play him, Huntington seems to have learned Hurdle and bringing Mercer up with Barmes and McDonald here is a bad idea, Hurdle is not going to play him. IMO, Huntington would have to do what he did with Marte when he made it clear that Marte was the starting left fielder at the beginning of ST. IMO, Hurdle would not have started Marte if Huntington would have done what he did, I don’t think even at this point that Hurdle likes Marte. I just don’t think he likes young players.


I wonder if they will move Allie up a bit this year?


If Allie maintains his current pace, of course they will move him up. At his age he needs to advance quickly. If he can get his strikeouts under control he can play in the majors.


I was referring to this year, also how far he might get moved if he gets moved at all, I don’t think the majors this year or next year is very likely no matter what he does, the Pirates are sticklers for their minor league talent touching all the bases.
I think the fact that the Pirates don’t have a power hitting 1st basemen anywhere in the organization besides Jones and Sanchez bodes well for Allie. The Pirates have Jones and Sanchez for the next couple of years, so I don’t think there is a rush on Allie.


Tim, you had to show Mercer in the two spot, now we are going to hear the whining of get rid of Clint. We got a SS that can hit, why is he not in the Majors playing every day?
The answer is Hurdle, he wants his middle infield as defensive as he can make it, Mercer does not have enough range for him.
Mercer looks to me like a Neal Walker clone.

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