There's an outpouring of emotions one feels when they hear their name called in the 2020 MLB Draft. For some it's nervousness, it's anger, it's excitement and it's joy.
Congratulations to Jesuit's Mick Abel for being selected in the first round of the MLB draft at # 15 pick by the Philadelphia Phillies! pic.twitter.com/AE9Rr3mecR— Jesuit Crusaders (@TheSaderNation) June 11, 2020
But it wasn't the pick that surprised Abel. It was what happened moments later when Abel received a Facetime from an unknown number and picked up to see a Phillies star on the screen. It was Bryce Harper.
"That was pretty cool," Abel told NBCS Philadelphia. "I got caught by surprise like, oh, who's FaceTiming me? I answered and see his face pop up and I'm like, whoa, that's Bryce Harper, what the heck?"
The veteran major leaguer and new teammate had a message for Abel, who is a committed to Oregon State but expected to sign with the Phillies.
"He said welcome aboard, and the biggest thing I took away is that the grind starts now," Abel said. "Better get to work."
In 2019, Abel, a 6-5, 198-pound flamethrower, led the Jesuit Crusaders to the state championship. His team was expected to repeat before COVID-19 halted prep spring sports.
The team's scouts visited Abel, who has been compared to Justin Verlander and Stephen Strasburg, in person in January and watched his indoor workouts. Then on Wednesday, he became the first pitcher taken by the Phillies in the first round since Aaron Nola in 2014.
Bryce Harper welcomes starstruck Mick Abel to Phillies via video chat originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest