Red Sox Linked to Oregon RHP Mick Abel Ahead of the Draft

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If you are reading this you probably miss baseball like I do and you're chomping at the bit for Red Sox baseball. While we wait to figure out what the owners and players finally decide on doing for this upcoming season, the MLB Draft will take place next week. 

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This will be an interesting draft considering they’ll only be five rounds and the Red Sox will be without their second-round draft pick.  They’ll be without that selection as part of the penalty from the commissioner for their involvement regarding the sign stealing allegations from 2018.  Besides having one less selection for the Red Sox, this will be Chaim Bloom’s first draft as Chief Baseball Officer.  During his time in Tampa Bay with the Rays, Bloom was part of a very successful organization that would draft talent to cultivate their system, and the Red Sox are hoping for the same. 

The Red Sox will pick at Nos. 17, 89, 119 and 149 versus having 40 draft picks in any given draft year.  Bloom will be looking for upside in his draft picks as he looks to retool and replenish the team's farm system. 

According to R.J. Anderson, who is a staff writer for CBS Sports, he tweeted on Tuesday that he has “heard from multiple front office types that a team with a top-10 pick is at least considering punting the draft.  That would include taking a player in the first round who they don’t intend to sign.”  He would go on to add, “they would still offer the minimum required to net a comp pick for next year.” 

Hopefully teams do not do that and select talented players who will be a part of the game for years to come.  The Tigers have the first overall selection, and if they punt that pick to get another pick for next year that would be bush league to say the very least. 

One player that has been connected to the Red Sox as a potential first-round pick is Oregon high school right-handed pitcher Mick Abel.  If the Red Sox target Abel and draft him they would be getting a young player with a high ceiling.  That is important, especially since the team will be without that second-round draft pick. 

Abel, who is listed at 6-foot-5 and 190 pounds, is ranked as the No. 11 overall prospect in the MLB Draft.  The Oregon State commit was his state’s Gatorade Player of the Year in 2019 with a fastball that clocks in at 93-95 mph.  Abel will also mix in a curveball and slider in addition to a changeup.  He would be the first player from the state of Oregon taken in the first round once Abel is selected this week. 

Abel has the build of a future ace in baseball.  He has an extra long and tall frame, long arm action, and throws from a 3/4’s arm slot.  If the Red Sox are looking for upside Abel is the player they need to draft. 

In baseball when looking at young players we try and find comps to project what these players will look like.  According to MLB.com, Abel draws comparisons to Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg and Braves right-hander Mike Soroka.  He draws those comparisons based off his build, arm strength and similar repertoire to Strasburg and Soroka. 

The Red Sox have selected some young arms in the first round the last few years - LHP Jay Groome, Trey Ball, Brian Johnson and Matt Barnes.  Of that list, only Barnes and Johnson have made it to the majors, with Barnes having more overall success.  The Red Sox need to hit on their first round pick this season considering they only have four picks. 

Abel is verbally committed to Oregon State for 2021, but that could change depending on where and who he is drafted by.  If the Red Sox select Abel, they will get a potential future front of the rotation starter in a system that barely develops pitching.  Abel would be a wise selection for Bloom and the Red Sox.  Bloom has taken some criticism since taking over in Boston, but I personally think he is one of the bright baseball minds in the game and based off Tampa Bay, he will bring in the right young talent to Boston. 



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