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Cam Alldred earns promotion by pitching rather than throwing


With Cam Alldred getting the call to the big leagues yesterday, he will give the Pirates bullpen a much different look.

Alldred is versatile. He has started and relieved. He works multiple innings. All of those things have him fitting into the Pirates philosophy perfectly.

Where Alldred is unique is that he only throws in the low 90s on a good day. He has a cross-body action that is deceiving and his stuff just plays. Simply put by Indianapolis manager Miguel Perez, Alldred just pitches.

“[Alldred] just consistently gets guys out,” Perez said. “He has great stuff. I know the trend right now is guys throwing in the high-90s, but [Alldred] actually pitches. He takes control of every situation that he has been put in.”

Even without the elite velocity, Alldred has struck out 15 in 17.2 innings this season with Indianapolis. Alldred has as many strikeouts as baserunners allowed this season, allowing only 12 hits and three walks. He has also only had two appearances where he did not work into at least a second inning. He has one start and seven relief appearances, but has worked into at least a third inning three times, with four full frames as his high water mark.

Additionally, he is a ground ball pitcher, with 2.5/1 ratio in favor of groundouts. Alldred is also purely filthy against lefties, striking out nine and surrendering just one hit in eight innings. He is solid against righties too, but they did hit .289 against him in 9.1 innings.

Alldred has dominated Triple-A this season, and he just passes the eye test in a different way. With the news of Wednesday’s promotion, now he will get a chance at a new test in Pittsburgh.

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Ryan Palencer
Ryan Palencer
Ryan has been following Indianapolis baseball for most of his life, and the Pirates since they became the affiliate in 2005. He began writing for Pirates Prospects in 2013, in a stint that ran through 2016 (with no service time manipulation played in). Ryan rejoined the team in 2022, covering Indianapolis once again. He has covered the Pirates in four different big league stadiums. Ryan was also fortunate enough to cover the 2015 Futures Game in Cincinnati.

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