Over the past 10+ years, the Phillies have really struggled at finding MLB quality players in the first round of the MLB Draft. The Front Office is hoping that changes this year. With the 15th overall selection in the MLB Draft, the Philadelphia Phillies have selected Pitcher Mick Abel.
Abel is a 6’5 Right Handed arm out of Jesuit High School in Oregon. He was ranked as the 11th overall prospect according to MLB Pipeline. At the moment, Abel is verbally committed to play college baseball at Oregon State University.
Mick Abel features a four pitch arsenal which includes a fastball that sits mid 90s and has been known to reach up to 100mph, as well as a devastating mid 80s slider. He also has a curveball and a changeup he is still developing.
The MLB Comps for Mick Abel are certainly intriguing as he has at times been compared to World Series MVP Stephen Strausberg. He has also been compared to fellow division rival Mike Soroka of the Atlanta Braves.
What this means
With Mick Abel being drafted out of High School, the first thing the Phillies need to worry about is getting him signed. Oregon State certainly is a perennial power house in College Baseball. A commitment to play ball there is no joke. With Abel being a first round pick, I am confident the Phillies will get a deal done. But let’s be clear, nothing is certain until the pen hits the paper.
Assuming everything goes well and they get Abel signed, the future appears to be incredibly bright. I am not in love with the idea of drafting High School players especially pitchers this early. With that said, the Phillies need to continue to bring in young arms as the cupboard is a bit barren at the moment.
Recent history tells us this pick is more likely to bust, but I have decided to be optimistic with this. My guess is by 2023, Mick Abel will join a loaded rotation that will already feature Aaron Nola, Zack Wheeler, and Spencer Howard.
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