Stetson Allie hoped a change in perspective - from the pitcher's mound to first base - would revitalize his very young professional baseball career.
It has, at near-record-setting levels.
After one of the hottest hitting months in West Virginia Power history, Allie sits among the South Atlantic League's leaders in several offensive categories, and hopes further experience as an everyday player will help him continue his rise.
"My personality is ... my mind's racing every day," Allie said. "I like to be on the move. I like doing something every day."
He showed why he was high on those lists, and some areas he still needed to work on, during the Power's 8-1 loss to the Greensboro Grasshoppers on Thursday night at Appalachian Power Park.
Allie was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the second round of the 2010 draft out of St. Edward High School in Ohio as a flame-throwing right-hander. He was the third-rated prospect in the Pirates' system entering the 2011 season, but control issues ballooned his earned run average and quickly stalled his career.
Allie went from the Power's roster to start the 2012 season to extended spring training to switch to the infield. He said the move fit his personality. It allowed him to shake off bad nights quickly, rather than be forced to stew over them as a pitcher.
"I like the fact you can go 0-for-4 one night and you get another night," he said. "As a pitcher, you have a bad night, you have five days to think about it."
There were few bad nights for Allie in April. His eight home runs for the month tied Mat Gamel and Stephen Chapman for the second most in a single month in Power history. Only Jose Osuna hit more in a month when he smashed nine last July.