Kevin Abel

CLASS OF 2017

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Kevin
Abel

Oregon State
Madison (HS) • CA
6-1 • 190LBS • R/R

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8/15/20

After missing most of last season due to Tommy John surgery in April of 2019, Abel is now more than one year post-op, and reports of his throwing program and arm strength have been very encouraging. Prior to the injury, Abel showed the ability to work both sides of the plate with an 89-93 fastball that has bumped 94-95 at times. His curveball had 11/5 shape with depth through the zone at 77-78 and he could mix in an above-average changeup at 80-82. The changeup was devastating even to righthanded hitters, seemingly hitting a wall at the 50-foot mark. He would show lapses in his command, but his misses would typically be down in the zone, avoiding barrels. Abel projects as a starting pitcher in pro ball, with advanced feel for pitching along with top-of-the-charts competitiveness, which he showcased in his legendary CWS-clinching two-hit shutout on short rest against Arkansas in 2018.

2020 DRAFT:�After missing most of last season with TJ surgery in April of 2019, Abel is now one year post-op and currently ahead of schedule, throwing long toss and progressing with his bullpens. He was up to 90 mph during a recent pen, according to a source. With three years of eligibility remaining, it will be interesting to see what this summer's MLB draft brings for Abel and his signability.

3/9/19:�A proven winner at the collegiate level, Abel shows no signs of slowing down or letting up on opposing offenses. The 6-foot-2, 190 pound righty works from an over the top release and hides the ball well to create some added deception. Slight shoulder tilt after hand break helps give him some additional angle to all 3 of his offerings. FB ranged between 89-92 and peaked at 93. Relatively straight but he can work to both sides of the plate and elevate when he wants to. CB has 11/5 shape with depth thru the zone at 77-78. Shows the ability to manipulate break when he wants it for a strike compared to when he's trying to bury it in the dirt. CH is above average offering at 80-82. Ideal speed differential from FB. Devastating at times on RHH. Seems to just hit a wall after the 50 ft mark. Abel manages to throw all of his offerings with FB intent and hand speed at release. He has lapses where he loses command at times, but his misses seem to always be down in the zone, avoiding barrels. He rarely makes mistakes out over the plate or up in the zone. Consistently repeats his delivery. Executes in high leverage situations out of the stretch. Effectively holds runners. He's going to continue to win games for as long as he's in a Beaver uniform. (Jurik)

8/2016 - Fastball sat 88-90. 71-75 curveball, 79-82 changeup and 77-78 slider. High arm slot. Tilted shoulders with deep arm action. Good shape to curveball. Sharp slider. Curveball flashes depth. 3.1 IP, 3 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 4 K.

6/24/16 - Went two innings, allowing a run on three hits and two walks while striking out four. He collapses his backside and had trouble getting back over the rubber, leaving a lot of pitches up and flattening out his fastball. It also made it difficult for him to finish his curveball. When he got to it, it had depth and 11/5 shape at 73-75. He has a quick arm that produced an 87-90 fastball. He pitches with a high-3/4, almost over-the-top, slot.

8/10/15 - Pitched from a high-3/4, almost over-the-top, slot with a quick, loose arm and threw strikes with three pitches. In three innings, he allowed two walks while striking out six. He has a shoulder tilt in his delivery and his arm didn’t always catch up to his body in his delivery. His fastball sat 85-87 with some arm-side life and his curveball had 11/5 shape. His changeup was 74-75 with fade.

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