Jesuit High School right-handed pitcher Mick Abel is expected to be drafted in the middle of the first round in tonight's Major League Baseball draft.
Abel, a 6-5, 198-pound flamethrower, led the Crusaders to the state championship last season and his team was favored to repeat before COVID-19 called a halt to prep spring sports.
Abel has already committed to play at Oregon State, but as a first-round choice, he will likely be offered a minimum of a $2.4 million bonus for signing with whichever team picks him. Bonus money escalates the higher the draft slot.
Normally 40 rounds, this year's draft will be only five rounds and only the first round will be staged tonight. The next four will be tomorrow night, where a couple of University of Oregon players could be selected.
Ducks pitcher/designated hitter Kenyon Yovan may go at some point, even though arm problems limited his opportunity to pitch last season. Yovan is also a prospect as a power hitter but it did not help him that this season was canceled.
Another Duck who could be selected is football recruit Robby Ashford, who is from Alabama and has signed to play quarterback at Oregon. But with only five rounds in this year's draft, teams seem to be reluctant to use their valued picks on players they aren't sure will sign with them.
Jesuit's Mick Abel expected to go in the first round of tonight's MLB draft originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest