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Dodgers Farm Update: Stetson Allie

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Feb 24, 2017; Glendale, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Stetson Allie (73) poses for a photo during photo day at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports
At the age of 27 years old, Stetson Allie has played baseball professionally since 2011. Just one accolade is missing. Play at the Major League level.

Early Career

Stetson Allie was drafted in the second round of the 2010 MLB draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Following the draft, the prospect rankings had been released and of course Stetson was on that list. Baseball America had him listed at #79 and Baseball Prospectus had him at the #39 spot.
The first team Allie reported to was the State College Spikes. They were the low A farm team in the Pirates system. Stetson Allie finished the remainder of the season with the Spikes. In those three months of baseball, Allie appeared in 26 innings where he allowed 19 runs as well as 29 walks and 28 strikeouts. Those stats are pretty loud and really grab my attention. On one hand, he’s collecting at least one strikeout per inning. On the other hand, he walks on average at least a batter an inning. So obviously the control was a struggle for him early on.
Stetson Allie continued his trudge through the Pirates farm system. In those five seasons, Allie made it no further than the Double-A level in Altoona. Stetson Allie was now through his age 25 season. At this point in his career, I’m sure he was invisioning some sort of major league stint.

Stetson At The Plate

Now most of you might be thinking that Stetson Allie is mainly a pitcher. Well yeah, but he can also do things at the plate. Stetson Allie is listed as not only a pitcher, but a First Baseman and Rightfielder as well. During his eight seasons in the minor leagues, Allie has recorded a .248 batting average, .761 OPS, as well as 79 career home runs.

His strongest season at the plate came in 2013 where he hit .324 in 66 games with the West Virginia Power. Oh yeah, he also had a ridiculous 1.021 OPS! Understandbly a small sample size in 2013, but it shows that Stetson is a versatile ballplayer.

New Organization

In the fall of 2016, the Dodgers signed Stetson Allie to a minor league deal. His run in the Pirates system had officially come to a close. Come May 2017, Allie first reported to Double-A Tulsa Drillers. He played in Tulsa for a little over a month. Stetson Allie was then kicked down all the way to the AZL Dodgers and then made his way up to Rancho where he finised the last few games of the season there.

While with the AZL Dodgers, Stetson Allie appeared in just eight games. Allie worked eight innings in those games and did not allow a single run. The 2017 season was a wake up call for the 26 year old. He knew that there was no way he was going to play rookie ball ever again. After that season, everything changed.

New Year, New Me

I’m sure we’ve all heard it before. The famous line before the ball drops, “New year, new me”. Some say they’re going to hit the gym more often. Some say they’re going to cut out junk food. Just about every year we hear it all and more.

Stetson Allie made his way to southern California, where he played the first couple of months of the 2018 season with the Quakes. Once a minor league slugger, the Dodgers have now steered Allie’s focus to the mound. He was now solely a pitcher, a position the Dodgers organization knew he could excel in. In 22 appeareances and 19.1 innings of work with the Quakes, Stetson allowed 15 earned runs as well as 31 strikeouts and 15 walks. Just as he did early on in his career, the control issue was still lurking

Despite a rough couple of months in Ranch0, Stetson earned a call-up to Double-A Tulsa. He appeared in just half the games with the Drillers compared to his time with the Quakes. Allie owned at 2.84 ERA in the 12.2 innings of work alongside 8 walks and 18 strikeouts. Notice a pretty similar pattern? Both his walk rate and strikeout rate are sky high.

As the calender turned to August, Stetson Allie has been called upon to the next level. That’s right, Triple-A baseball. Stetson threw just one inning with the OKC Dodger in 2017. He’s now been given a full-fledged oppourtunity in Oklahoma City. Now just over a full calender year after playing in the rookie league, Stetson is just a step away from the big leagues.

Stetson Allie has played a few weeks with OKC. He has worked 6.1 innings out of the bullpen in 6 games. He’s recorded 4 strikeouts while allowing just two runs. He also owns an outstanding 1.42 ERA with OKC. Allie has proven that he belongs at this level.

Analysis

It’s pretty amazing how quick someone like Stetson Allie can make that type of turn around. Now in his 27 age season, Allie is just one small step away from making it to the major leagues. Something he has never done in his professional career. Considering the Dodgers bullpen injuries and continued struggles, Stetson Allie is a top candidate as a September call-up.

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Written by Tyler Hawk

Currently living in Central California. Life-long Dodgers and Chargers fan.

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