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MLB Draft Notebook Excerpt: Stetson Allie

Stetson Allie Position: RHP/3B School: St. Edward HS
State: OH Height: 6’4’’ Weight: 225

Bats: R Throws: R Birth Date: 3/13/91
Seiler Rating: XXX Commitment: North Carolina

Stetson Allie is probably one of the more well-known players in this draft class, and he profiles as a true first-round arm. What makes it interesting is that Allie can put a charge into a ball with his bat, too. On the mound, Allie features a plus-plus fastball that sits in the mid-90s and has touched 99. It’s truly a special pitch, and even though it isn’t known for any amount of movement, it’s still unhittable to the vast majority of hitters he’s ever faced. Combined with a high-80s to low-90s slider, Allie can simply be unhittable at times. He’s had no use for a changeup yet, and there’s no rush for it, either, as he can develop as a closer in a fairly short amount of time. His command is never even going to be average, but his delivery is fluid and easy, and there aren’t a lot of concerns for injury. At the plate he features plus raw power, but he has a much higher bust rate there. He’s a below-average runner and his fielding is currently rated the same. I expect Allie to be taken in the middle of the first round by a team looking for the kind of raw arm that can impact a game in the ninth inning. Starting is likely not in his future. His North Carolina commitment may cost $2 million or more, as he’ll be a draft-eligible sophomore in 2012 if he follows up on his commitment.