South Atlantic League All-Star Game Outtakes: Stetson Allie
By Ashley Marshall
Over the next week, I’ll be publishing a series of short posts featuring players I spoke with at Lakewood’s FirstEnergy Park during the South Atlantic League All-Star game.
Stetson Allie’s journey from failed pitcher to feared slugger took another big step forward this month when he was named to the All-Star team as the North Division’s starting first baseman.
He hit .324 with 17 homers, 16 doubles and 61 RBIs in 66 games with the West Virginia Power prior to his promotion to Bradenton.
While he’s improved his approach at the dish, there’s still one pitch he has trouble handling.
“I’ve been laying off pitches that I knew I couldn’t handle and I’ve been sticking with my approach,” Allie said. “My strength is definitely the fastball middle, middle-away. If it’s off-speed, I’m looking for something up.
“I would say it’s only particular pitches that I struggle with. If it’s a fastball inside, I have trouble getting my hands to it and I can only get to it if I cheat. Luckily, they don’t tend to go in three times in a row.”
It hasn’t all been smooth sailing for Allie, who had as many strikeouts as hits (79) and saw his average drop 22 points from .346 as part of a 15-for-59 end to his time with the Power. Still, he’s happy with the progress he’s made.
“I’m definitely jumping on pitches I know I can handle and that’s a good sign,” Allie said. But if you have a bad series or bad week, you have to make the adjustments. It’s a big part of my maturity to make that switch. For me, I know when I’m off. When I need to make those changes, it’s pretty obvious.
“I feel a lot more comfortable with what I’m doing and I’m having a lot more fun and that is huge. I know I have the tools, it’s just about having fun and remembering that it’s the same game I’ve played since I was two years old.”
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