The Phillies have selected Mick Abel, an 18-year-old right-handed pitcher from Jesuit High School (Ore.), in the first round (No. 15 overall) of the 2020 MLB Draft, Brian Barber, Director of Amateur Scouting, announced tonight.
The 6-foot-5, 190-pound Abel was twice named the Gatorade Oregon Baseball Player of the Year (2019 and 2020). Last year during his junior season, he went 10-0 with a 1.26 ERA and 111 strikeouts in 72.1 innings. He also helped lead Jesuit High School to a state championship in 2019.
In his high school career, Abel went 18-3 with a 1.98 ERA and 213 strikeouts in 150.2 innings. In 2019, he won a silver medal with Team USA in the World Baseball Softball Confederation U-18 Baseball World Cup.
"Mick has outstanding makeup and an above average repertoire of pitches for someone his age," Barber said. "He really knows how to compete, especially with his fastball. We believe he has a bright future with us."
A native of Oregon, the righty is the first high school pitcher selected in the first round by the Phillies since Shane Watson (supplemental pick, No. 40 overall) in 2012.
The Phillies are scheduled to make their remaining selections tomorrow night in the third round (No. 87 overall), fourth round (No. 116 overall) and fifth round (No. 146 overall).