Stetson Allie set to make professional debut

Stetson Allie ended his senior year of high school last year as the 8th best prospect heading into the 2010 Draft. He had a very strong commitment to North Carolina and went undrafted the first day due to high bonus demands. Luckily, for the Pirates, he fell all the way to them in the 2nd round as the 52nd overall pick in the draft.

Allie signed with the Pirates just before the deadline, agreeing to a bonus of $2.25 million. Due to his late signing, he did not pitch last season. This spring, he was assigned to Extended Spring Training as he still had some issues with his control, as evidenced in this video taken by Tim over at Pirates Prospects.

Allie can pump his fastball up to triple digits, but normally sits in the mid-90s range with it. He has a devastating slider, also, which he throws in the high 80s, but can hit the low 90s. His changeup is his third pitch and is still much a work in progress as he did not have to use it much in high school.

On Monday, Allie will take the mound for the State College Spikes in his professional debut. He will obviously be under a strict pitch count and innings limit this season, but it sure is nice to now see what Allie can do.