By Jason Shetler
In the 2010 MLB Draft, the Pirates selected two hard-throwing high school pitchers in first round pick Jameson Taillon and second rounder Stetson Allie. The scouting reports had Allie having the higher velocity, but Taillon being better overall. Allie’s control numbers were awful, as he put up an insanely bad 12.5 BB/9. It was in 2012 that the Pirates had Allie go the “Rick Ankiel route” from pitcher to position player.
From 2012 to 2014, Allie really held his own at the plate, as he posted a .358 on base percentage along with a 129 wRC+. In 2014, he hit a career high 21 home runs. Allie had a down year in 2015 for AA Altoona, posting a wRC+ of 92 and striking out at a very high 28.8% rate. He did however have an above average walk rate of 10% and had an .846 OPS against left-handed pitching.
Back in January, I put out my rankings of the Top 50 Pirates prospects going into 2016. On the list, Allie was placed at #29, mainly because I like his power and on base combination, despite coming off a down season. He just turned 25, so although he’s still a prospect, most would consider him fringe right now. What hurts Allie more so is the fact that the Pirates have plenty of outfielders in the system who are better, as well as having Josh Bell, which led to Allie being moved from first base to right field prior to 2015. Even if Allie isn’t apart of the Pirates future plans, he could still bounce back while having a very productive season, and be used as a potential trade chip.