MORNING PIRATES BUZZ
Two years since being drafted in the 2010 amateur draft, Stetson's Allie's tenure as a power pitcher in the Pirates organization is over. The Pirates internally decided over two weeks ago to ditch the plan to develop Allie as a pitcher and have decided to move him to third base. Allie was the Pirates 2nd round pick in 2010 and signed for $2.25 million.
Just last year he was regarded as one of the "Big Four" pitching prospects but it became evident very soon that despite having the best power arm of any pitcher in the organization and topping 100 mph at times, Allie just didn't have it. He has struggled to make it out of extended spring training and has developed no command for the strike zone.
When selected in the second round in 2010, the 6-foot-4, 225-pound Allie was 9-1 with a 1.29 ERA and 134 strikeouts in 60 innings during the 2010 season for St. Edward.
Moving Allie to third base after making a huge commitment financially and less than two full seasons of being in the Pirates minor league system, would seem a bit early and skeptical,Ã‚Â but the overall consensus from scouts we spoke with so far is that the move is not a surprise.
"He didn't have a lot of polish and couldn't command the strike zone, " a scout said this morning who last saw Allie pitch in April. "I saw him pitch in April and it was clear that he's still learning how to pitch and needed a lot of work on his mechanics.
Allie was more of a third baseman in high school and didn't start pitching until his senior year. Now the Pirates hope he can make a Rick Ankiel type switch from pitcher to hitter.
There's at least some hope as Allie coming out of high school had a ton of raw power as a hitter and some feel could have been drafted in the third or fourth round as a hitter. The knock on Allie as a hitter in high school though is that he has little to no plate patience.