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Stetson Allie Continues Struggling With Control

I don't want to focus on the negative in the West Virginia Power's 4-3 loss to Charleston (that's Charleston, South Carolina) Friday night -- it was a strong outing for starting pitcher Zack Dodson, who had eight strikeouts, and Alen Hanson continued his brilliant hitting, going 2-for-4.

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But: Stetson Allie. The Pirates' big-bonus 2010 second-round pick had had just one outing earlier this season. In that one, he recorded one out (a strikeout), walked four batters, and took two earned runs. And on Friday, he did it again, recording one out and walking four batters yet again. Two-thirds of an inning, eight walks.

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This comes on the heels of a 2011 season in which Allie struck out 28 batters and walked 29 for Class A- State College. Allie was supposed to be a project when he was drafted, but I don't think the Pirates imagined the project would be this complicated. At this point, if you made a list of the Pirates' top 20 prospects, I don't think Allie would be on it.

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