Mick Abel is the Phuture Phillies’ Readers’ Second Pick.
McLean Stine “Mick” Abel was born in Portland, Oregon. His baseball pedigree is bolstered by his father, Neil, who was a catcher for Eastern Oregon University.
It’s a lot more difficult finding amateur information on prep players than college players.
Abel grew up in Cedar Mill, Oregon. He led his Cedar Mill Little League team to a state title. He played baseball for and graduated from Jesuit High School. He was both a first baseman and a starting pitcher. His sophomore season was cut short by an injury to his non-throwing shoulder that required surgery. As a junior Abel posted a 10–0 record with a 1.26 ERA and 111 strikeouts in 72.1 innings pitched while also batting .294 with 12 runs scored and 14 RBIs as he led the team to a state championship. He was named the Oregon Gatorade Player of the Year and a Junior All-American by MaxPreps. In 2019, he was selected for U-18 United States national baseball team. Entering his senior season Abel was named a preseason All-American by MaxPreps and Baseball America and was considered a top prospect for the 2020 MLB Draft. He was ranked the 4th-best collegiate prospect in the nation and committed to play at Oregon State after his freshman year of high school.
One scouting report described Abel as having an extra long and tall frame with tremendous physical projection. Long arm action from a 3/4 arm slot, low energy release, looks like he’s warming up when he’s throwing 96 mph, fastball gets on hitters. Slider is an elite-level pitch at times, tunnels it well with his fastball with a power break in the mid-80’s. Change up still developing. Incredibly high ceiling as he fills out and gets more innings under his belt. Good student, verbal commitment to Oregon State. Named to play in the Perfect Game All-American Classic.
Abel’s senior season was lost to the pandemic. He was drafted by the Phillies in the first round of the 2020 draft, number 15 overall. The attached article (below) relates much more about Abel and better than I can tell it. I recommend reading it. It confirms one of my observations that he is unflappable on the mound. His demeanor never betrays any previous action on the field whether a fielding error or putout. When he walks off the mound, you can’t tell if it’s the end of the inning or if he’s coming out because of pitch count or a developing situation.
Abel also missed his first professional season after being drafted because of the pandemic. He attended the Phillies’ Instructional Camp that fall. He made his pro debut in 2021 with the Low-A Clearwater Threshers. He was every bit as inpressive as a first-round, prep pitcher should be after missing so much time on the mound to a pandemic.
His season was over after 14 games due to a reported case of tendonitis in his throwing shoulder. I have sources I trust more than a team report that told me the injury was not serious, just some tightness that passed by the next morning. The Phillies shutting him down appears to have been an overreaction.
Abel has volunteered locally by packing clothes for children in foster care on behalf of Northwest Children’s Outreach and has also donated his time at a camp for adults with disabilities and at a nursing home.
Mick’s father played for EOU from 1991-1994. He was All-Conference 1st team and Co-Player of the Year in 1993. He was also voted the team MVP twice held and various records including runs, hits, triples and RBI’s. He played one year professionally with the Tri City Posse in 1995. In 2010, he was inducted into the EOU HoF.
Personally, I can’t conceive of a deal where I would include Mick Abel. If the Phillies don’t screw things up, I think he could be a generational talent.