Stetson Allie, the Pirates' second-round pick in 2010, is being converted to a position player, former Baseball America correspondent Dejan Kovacevic reported in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review today.
The move is a stunning one, as Allie was one of the most significant signings of the 2010 draft–his $2.2 million signing bonus was the ninth-highest in that draft. Now after just 27 pro innings, Allie is becoming a hitter. He was a legitimate two-way prospect coming out of high school, but he was a significantly better prospect as a pitcher. He was considered a top 100 prospect as a hitter; a first-round talent as a pitcher.
Our 2010 pre-draft scouting report said:
He had expressed a desire to hit, and he does have some of the best raw power in the draft. He famously hit a broken-bat homer at the East Coast Professional Showcase last summer, though his swing has gotten long this spring. With his size, power and arm strength, he could be an early-round pick as a third baseman, but he now accepts that his future is on the mound.
The Pirates were as aggressive as anyone in using above-slot bonuses to bring in draft talent under the previous rules, but they have not seen many dividends yet. Here's a look at Pirates picks after the first round who received significantly above-slot bonuses from 2008-2010 (we left out 2011 because they have played so little).
Top 30 Ranking
|Robbie Grossman, of||2008||6||$1,000,000||8|
|Breakout year in 2011 repeating high Class A Bradenton. Has struggled in 2012 in jump to Double-A|
|Quinton Miller, rhp||2008||20||$900,000||NR|
|Moved to pen as he repeats high Class A Bradenton, 5.25 K/9 for his career|
|Zack Dodson, lhp||2009||4||$600,000||23|
|Has gone 1-4, 5.36 while repeating level low Class A West Virginia|
|Zack Von Rosenberg, rhp||2009||6||$1,200,000||21|
|Fastball struggles to top 90. Held back in extended spring this year after going 5-9, 5.73 at West Virginia last year|
|Trent Stevenson, rhp||2009||7||$350,000||NR|
|2-10, 5.94 for his career, retired at the end of April|
|Colton Cain, lhp||2009||8||$1,125,000||13|
|Struggling this year at high Class A Bradenton (1-3, 5.18), had solid '11 except for lack of Ks (6.8 K/9)|
|Jeff Inman, rhp||2009||12||$425,000||NR|
|Plagued by injuries; in four pro seasons has thrown 58 total innings|
|After 37 BB in 27 pro IP, being converted to being a position player|
|Nick Kingham, rhp||2010||4||$485,000||14|
|On track, making full-season debut at West Virginia this year. Proving hittable this year, but also striking out a batter an inning|
|Drew Maggi, ss||2010||15||$468,000||NR|
|Hitting .248/.323/.373 for high Class A Bradenton|
|Ryan Hafner, rhp||2010||17||$450,000||NR|
|Walking 7.5 per 9 IP, striking out 4/9 IP at West Virginia to go with 0-4, 6.96 record|
|Jared Lakind, 1b||2010||23||$400,000||NR|
|Has hit .158/.264/.311 in two seasons with GCL Pirates, currently in extended spring training|
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