Closer: Stetson Allie
Stetson Allie is likely the biggest bust in the 2010s from the draft ranks. The Bucs gave Allie $2.25 million out of high school and hoped to utilize him as a future closer with a fastball that was clocked at 100 miles per hour. Instead, Allie’s command issues showed up immediately, walking 29 batters in his first 26 innings of work. The next season he walked eight in 2/3 of an inning causing the Bucs to promptly move him to another position. Allie was released after 2015.
The Pittsburgh Pirates had a lot of hope during the 2010s. They regularly had a top 10, if not top five, ranked minor league system in baseball. However, what led to the last few years of missing the playoffs and ultimately the demise of the previous regime was the inability to get the prospects to perform to expectation.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have had some top prospects pan out, but for the most part, many of the “top” prospects have not worked out. Hopefully, under new leadership, the Pittsburgh Pirates can turn their farm system into a top-rated one but also get continuous production out of it over the coming years.