The state’s returning Gatorade Player of the Year, the 6-foot-5, 180-pound senior right-handed pitcher and first baseman was a member of the USA Baseball 18U National Team that won a silver medal at the Baseball World Cup in September. One of two unanimous selections for the Baseball America High School Preseason All-American Team this spring, Abel is ranked as the nation’s No. 3 prospect in the Class of 2020 by Baseball America and Prep Baseball Report. He concluded his prep baseball career with an 18-3 record, a 1.98 earned run average and 213 strikeouts in 150.2 innings pitched.
Abel has maintained a 3.29 GPA in the classroom. He has signed a national letter of intent to play baseball on scholarship at Oregon State University, but is projected as an early round selection in June’s Major League Baseball draft.
Abel has volunteered locally by packing donated clothes for children in foster care on behalf of Northwest Children’s Outreach and has also helped out at a camp for adults with disabilities and at a nursing home.