The Class of '20: The top 20 athletes in the Class of 2020

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The Class of '20: The top 20 athletes in the Class of 2020

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The Class of '20: The top 20 athletes in the Class of 2020

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15. Mick Abel

Mick Abel (1) during workouts at IMG Academy. (Photo: Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

School: Jesuit (Portland, Oregon)
Sport: Baseball
Position: RHP/First baseman
College: Oregon State

The new No. 1 player in Perfect Game’s 2020 class rankings, Mick Abel looks to establish himself in the upper echelon of high school athletes come draft time. The right-handed pitcher’s talents are off the charts with speed and movement, with a fastball that can hit 97 miles per hour and an 86 mile per hour slider, according to Perfect Game.

Last season, the Oregon State commit was named Gatorade Oregon Baseball Player of the Year with a 9-0 record, an ERA of 1.34 and 90 strikeouts in 57.1 innings pitched, only giving up 33 hits and 19 walks. He was also productive at the plate, batting .294 with 12 runs scored and 14 RBI.

Then, in the Prospect Development Pipeline over summer, Abel was one of the top pitchers. He started the High School All-Star game, and after allowing a pair of hits, he struck out the next three batters. Abel is part of the group that will play for USA Baseball at the U-18 World Cup in Busan, South Korea, in September.

After a strong year and summer that pushed Abel to the top of the Perfect Game rankings, another dominant season would do wonders for the pitcher/first baseman. Oregon State is losing Adley Rutschman, the No. 1 pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, but the team is hoping that another star will soon join to lead the team — that is, if he doesn’t sign with the MLB team that drafts him next year.

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