Freshman Mick Abel starts as varsity baseball pitcher

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Standing 6’4 and 175 lbs., starting pitcher for the varsity baseball team, Mick Abel is only a freshman.

Abel’s days of baseball started back when he was only three years old. He started with t-ball and soon found that his passion was going to take more than the conventional track.

To help him along, Abel’s father was always behind him. Abel has always looked up to his dad who used to play in the minor league.

“My dad is my biggest inspiration,” Abel said.

Before attending Jesuit, Abel went to school at Valley Catholic. During his middle school days he played baseball for the all-year-round team, The Back Company.

It was only when Abel starting high school that he specialized as a pitcher. Before that he played all positions, and transition solely to the mound when colleges started noticing his talent.

“[Abel] has the natural genetics to throw a ball a lot harder than basically 95% of the world can,” head coach Griffin said.

Not only can he throw a fastball at 91 mph to take down the competition, Able is developing different types of pitches.

Anyone who knows Abel can account for his great work ethic.

“He works really hard, he’ll stay after practice,” senior John Arndorfer said.

Self-motivation is the foundation of Abel’s attitude. He is consistently trying to push himself whether that’s on the field or in the classroom.

“I’ve always been a pretty driven student and I’ve always worked my hardest in the classroom and its equal on the baseball field,” Abel said.

As college coaches have started to scout Able, it has increased his motivation to perform well in school as college coaches are looking for not only a good baseball player but someone who performs well in school.

Earlier in the season in a game against Lincoln, Oregon Live credited Abel for the entire win, “he [Abel] allowed four runs (three earned) on four hits, but struck out seven and walked one on 79 pitches.” (oregonlive.com)

He may be a freshman but his teammates and coaches have no doubt in his ability.

“I’m not used to it [pressure], it’s not a lot of pressure,” Abel said. “I just go out there and do what I like to do and hopefully I do it will and if not it’s a learning opportunity.”