The Pirates announced that infield prospect Stetson Allie has been re-assigned to minor-league camp. Allie's depature means the Pirates are down to 57 players in spring training. Allie hit .246 with 21 home runs at Double-A Altoona a year ago.
Pirates first base prospect Stetson Allie homered twice, which included a grand slam, during a 10-9 win for Double-A Altoona Wednesday. Allie finished 3 for 3 with one double, two walks, three runs and five RBI. Allie has homered four times in his last five games to bring his season total to five. He is batting .291 with a .400 on-base percentage, .655 slugging percentage, 1.055 OPS, five doubles, 11 runs and 13 RBI in 15 games. He also has nine walks and 13 strikeouts. "Getting a good cage routine, sticking to my approach and really focusing on the work before the game," Allie said about his early season success, per MLB.com. "When I go into the game where I had a good work day, it seems like in the game I'm a little bit more patient, I'm looking for a little bit better pitch selection and everything seems a little bit slow in the game instead of speeding up."
The Pirates have promoted prospect first baseman Stetson Allie to High Class A Bradenton, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Allie has made his conversion from pitching to hitting a success thus far. In 66 games at Low Class A West Virginia, Allie hit .324/.414/.607 with 17 home runs and six stolen bases. At 22, he was a touch old for the league, so the promotion will be a good test of if his talent can play.
According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review the Pirates have decided to move pitcher Stetson Allie off the mound and back into the batter's box, deciding that the high-priced pitching prospect's future lays in the field. Allie, a hard-throwing right-hander that the team gave $2.25 million to in the 2010 Draft as a second-round pick, has walked 37 batters in 26 2/3 career innings, which has prompted the move. "Stetson was one of the few athletes in each draft to be considered a prospect as a pitcher and as a hitter," general manager Neal Huntington said. "We believed his highest upside was as a pitcher. We obviously were very pleased to sign him as a pitcher. Since then, we've faced some challenges with him as a pitcher."