Allie, 21, was lured away from a strong commitment to North Carolina from high school thanks in large part to a $2.25 million signing bonus. But since his signing, he has struggled mightily with his command. This year, he has pitched in two games and has recorded two outs while walking eight batters.
“Stetson was one of the few athletes in each draft to be considered a prospect as a pitcher and as a hitter,” Huntington said Sunday night from Bradenton, Fla. “We believed his highest upside was as a pitcher. We obviously were very pleased to sign him as a pitcher. Since then, we’ve faced some challenges with him as a pitcher.”
Allie played both shortstop and third base in high school, but his 100 mph fastball made him more of a pitching prospect instead of a hitting one.
This a very interesting move and a pretty bold one, because despite his command issues on the mound, he still possesses amazing stuff. Hopefully this works out.
Baseball Prospectus’ Kevin Goldstein tweets that Allie was a 3rd to 5th round talent as a hitter coming out of high school, so Allie really is a solid prospect as a hitter.