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Bucs decide to switch Allie to position player

Bucs decide to switch Allie to position player

Bucs decide to switch Allie to position player
The Pirates are making a major move with a major talent.

The club is converting hard-throwing pitching prospect Stetson Allie into a hitter, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on Sunday.

Allie, 21, was selected by the Pirates in the second round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft and signed for $2.25 million. Allie, drafted out of St. Edward High in Ohio, could hit 100 mph on the radar gun.

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Huntington, who said that the conversion was "recently" made, didn't specify what position Allie would play.

"Stetson was one of the few athletes in each Draft to be considered a prospect as a pitcher and as a hitter," Huntington told the Tribune-Review. "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 compiled a 6.58 ERA with 29 walks and 28 strikeouts in 26 innings at Single-A State College last year. This season, pitching for Single-A West Virginia, Allie walked eight batters in two appearances.

After a recent batting-practice session, the Pirates decided to make the switch.

"Through that process, the determination was made that our best next step is to make the conversion full-time to position player," Huntington told the Tribune-Review.

Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB and read his MLBlog, Youneverknow. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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