By Jason Shetler
According to Tim Williams of Pirates Prospects, Stetson Allie will be moving from first base to right field for the 2015 season. Williams also mentioned that Allie will be heading back to AA Altoona.
Allie played in 117 games last season for the Curve, hitting 21 home runs while posting a .362 on base percentage. The 24-year-old certainly has shown raw power and the ability to draw walks, but the strikeouts have been a concern, as he’s struckout 27% of the time for his career thus far. Defensively, he committed nine errors at first base in 2014, so perhaps the Pirates feel like a position change for him is in order.
While it obviously remains to be seen what kind of range Allie will have in right field, he’ll definitely have the arm for the position, being a former hard-throwing pitcher. A part of me also thinks that the move was made in order to give Josh Bell a clear path to the big leagues as the future first baseman.