Two reports in a row in the 2020 Major League Baseball Draft Scouting Report series that looks at a high school pitcher. We had to get outside of the top 10 players before reaching a single high school pitcher, but now we’re taking a look at another one and the debate is on as to which one is the top in the class. Mick Abel, Portland’s Jesuit High School right-hander, is currently rated 11th overall on the Baseball America draft prospects list, 8th on the Fangraphs list, and 10th on the MLB Pipeline list.
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Mick Abel Scouting Report
Height: 6′ 5″ | Weight: 180 lbs.
Bats: Right | Throws: Right
Position(s): Right-Handed Starting Pitcher
Coming from Oregon, the shutdown of sports left Mick Abel without any high school games during the 2020 season. Unlike many of the other potential first round selections in the upcoming draft, Abel doesn’t have much of anything from the current year to look at.
With that said, Mick Abel looked good as a junior and into the summer season between the two years. His fastball works in the 91-95 MPH range and has touched 97 more than a couple of times. There’s also room on his frame to add plenty of size and strength, leading to the belief there could be more velocity for him down the line.
While he doesn’t have the best velocity among the high school class, the overall package could be the best in the class. He mixes an above-average fastball with a potentially above-average slider, potentially above-average change up, and a solid curveball. He’s also noted for good control.
Where the concern could be
Last summer after his high school season was over he saw his fastball velocity drop off a little bit in where he would sit according to Fangraphs report. Without a spring season this year, that’s the last look scouts had a chance to really see him. There’s not much concern there – but if you’re looking for something, this would probably be it.