ADEL, Ia. – Alec Rash’s promise and potential made him one of the most coveted high school players in the nation.
On Wednesday, he showed that’s all it is right now — potential.
Rash, the hard-throwing right-hander from ADM of Adel (6-7, 4-1 in the Raccoon River Conference), struck out seven and got a no-decision in his team’s 5-3 loss to No. 4 Dallas Center-Grimes.
“It just shows I’ve got a lot to work on, a lot of improvement to make,” Rash said.
Rash, who was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the second round of Major League Baseball’s first-year player draft on Tuesday, was the center of attention Wednesday night.
Fans crammed into the town’s ballpark, stretching beyond both base lines, filling up the bleachers behind home plate.
Rash, whose fastball has been clocked in the mid-90s, showed flashes of dominance, allowing just three hits and two runs (one earned) in five innings.
He also showed reminders that he is still young and still learning, just a high school senior, hitting four batters in a two-run fourth inning for the Mustangs.
“The kid is continuing to grow,” ADM coach Mitch Krumwiede said. “It’s going to get better.”
Dallas Center-Grimes (9-1, 3-0 in the Raccoon River Conference) plated three runs in the top of the seventh inning off ADM reliever Tyler Spencer to take a 5-3 lead.
Rash was in line for the win heading into the final inning.
“We really, really wanted to face him to see what it’s like,” Dallas Center-Grimes pitcher Tyler Peyton said.
Peyton, who was 2-for-4 and got the win, got his look.
“He throws hard, I’m not going to lie,” Peyton said. “He’s all the second-round material.”
A member of the Phillies organization was in attendance watching one of the organization’s top picks.
Rash, who has committed to playing baseball at Missouri, said he planned to meet with Phillies officials this morning to discuss his future.
After Wednesday’s loss, he said he hoped to make at least one or two more starts for the Tigers.
“Not positive,” Rash said with a smile. “Nothing is 100 percent.”
After the game, Rash stayed behind and signed autographs for young fans and talked about coming back.
“I’ve just got to work on overall pitching,” he said. “Get better every day.”
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Leading hitters–D: Schroeder 2×4, Peyton 2×4; A: Goeden 2×3, Nelson 2×3. W–Peyton. L–Spencer. S–Kearney.