Alec Rash of ADM picked by Philadelphia Phillies in 2nd round

Alec Rash of ADM picked by Philadelphia Phillies in 2nd round

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Alec Rash of ADM picked by Philadelphia Phillies in 2nd round

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Alec Rash knows one thing: He’ll take the mound for ADM of Adel Wednesday night.
What his more distant future toeing the rubber holds is something even he doesn’t know.
The ADM right-hander became the first Iowan selected in this week’s Major League Baseball first-year payer draft when the Philadelphia Phillies selected him Tuesday in the second round.
“When I found out, I was speechless,” Rash said.
Rash, a 6-foot-5, 200- pound pitcher, was the 95th pick overall in the three-day event and the final selection of the second round.
A hard thrower, Rash impressed scouts when he topped out at 95 mph during Perfect Game’s National Pre-Draft Showcase.
The electric arm has drawn interest from college recruiters throughout the nation, including Missouri, where Rash has committed to play next season.
Rash will have to decide whether he will ever play there. Now, even his high school career is in limbo.
Rash, who owns a 2-1 record with a 0.93 ERA in three starts this season, will take the hill when ADM hosts Dallas Center-Grimes Wednesday night at 7:30.
His next start? That’s up in the air.
“I’m just going to go out and have fun and compete like always,” Rash said. “I’m not going to try to think about it being my last game or anything, even though it very well could be.”
Rash, who was watching the draft from his family’s home, was on the phone with coaches from Missouri, preparing to tell them he would be coming to college.
Then he heard his name finally called.
“I would love to go play pro baseball,” he said. “It’s just got to be right for everybody.”
ADM baseball coach Mitch Krumwiede said he wasn’t planning one way or the other.
“If he goes, he goes,” Krumwiede said. “Obviously with him, it’s going to be a huge, huge help for us — and in the field, too.”
Rash didn’t know when he would make a decision, saying it could take weeks. He declined to provide details about what type of money he was seeking.
“I’m just looking for the right opportunity for me and my family so I can develop the best I can,” Rash said.
Rash, who grew up a Cubs fan, said he’s also a fan of the Phillies organization.
“I like some of the players,” Rash said. “I like (Phillies first baseman) Ryan Howard. They’re a fun team to watch.”
Cherokee native and prep star Matt Koch, a University of Louisville pitcher, was selected in the third round Tuesday by the New York Mets.
Koch was 1-2 with a 3.34 ERA and four saves for Louisville this season.
“It’s kind of surreal,” Koch said. “It hasn’t really set in yet. I still feel like a young kid that’s still chasing his dreams.”
Koch, a junior, said he hadn’t set a time-line for his decision.
“I guess we’ll have to see,” he said. “I hope I have the opportunity to sign and go and play pro ball.”

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