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Pirates' Stetson Allie Wobbly In Debut For State College Spikes

Top Pirates prospect Stetson Allie made his professional debut Monday night in what also happened to be the State College Spikes' home opener. He allowed three runs and three hits in 2.1 innings while striking out three. He pitched well in his first two innings, registering all three of his strikeouts while walking none, but he ran into control problems in the third.

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Allie was the Pirates' second-round pick in 2010, and he's known for throwing a blistering fastball and a great slider. It sounds like the Bucs want him to work on his control and his secondary pitches, however. Tim Williams from Pirates Prospects is at the game, and he says that Allie was throwing 90-93 MPH, and that the Pirates had him working on several different pitches, even though their usual approach with pitchers in the low minors is to have them throw mostly fastballs.

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Allie will probably need some time to acclimate himself to professional baseball, given that he came from a northern state (Ohio) and was seen as being fairly raw when drafted. That he pitched well in his first two innings is probably a good sign.

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