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Pirates nab a top 10 prospect in the 2nd round
Allie’s asking price starts at $3 million
The Pittsburgh Pirates selected right-handed pitcher Stetson Allie in the second round of the First-Year Player Draft (52nd pick overall).
The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Allie was ranked by Baseball America as the eighth-best prospect in the country prior to the draft and as having the second-best fastball among all high school pitchers behind RHP Jameson Taillon, who was selected in the first round of the draft by the Pirates.
As a senior this past season at St. Edward High School in Lakewood, OH, the 19-year-old Allie went 9-1 with a 1.29 ERA and 134 strikeouts in 60.0 innings of work. He struck out 13 batters in 6.0ip while leading St. Edward to the Division I state championship this past Sunday, June 6, while also reaching 100 mph on the radar gun a half-dozen times.
A North Carolina recruit, Allie fell into the second round due to sign ability reasons. Scouts and league executives have been under the assumption that Allie is fully committed to attending North Carolina in the fall.
Randy and Alan Hendricks are advising Allie and also advise No. 1 pick Jameson Taillon. The Hendricks brothers are regarded as being tougher to deal with than Scott Boras. The price tag to sign Allie is believed to start in the mid-to-high $3 million range.
One industry source says Allie is believed to be looking for top-5 money.
Allie is an exceptional talent and will considered a major steal in the draft if the Pirates can get him signed.
Allie’s fastball reaches 98-100 mph and his slider hits 89-90 mph with consistency. Scouting services compare Allie to Taillon when it comes to pure stuff. One area Allie struggles with at times is his command.