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Abel vs Buehler as HS Prospects

Perfect Game Staff        
These comparisons are meant to compare each player at similar stages in their prospect journeys in high school and not comparing the high school prospect to the current MLB star. 

Walker Buehler 6-2 160, 2012 grad 17.10 on MLB Draft Day

2011 PG National Report
Walker Buehler is a 2012 RHP/OF with a 6-2 160 lb. frame from Lexington, KY who attends Henry Clay HS. Slender build. Leg tuck delivery, over the top release point, pulls head off plate but lower half stays directional, repeats well. Very fast, loose arm, steady 90-92 mph fastball, throws it to spots. Nasty upper 70's curveball, plus/plus sharpness and bite, big downer shape, excellent curveball command despite size and shape, got ahead with fastball, closed out with curveball and completely overmatched hitters. Strong comparison to former Pirates #1 draft pick, Bobby Bradley. Outstanding student, verbal commitment to Vanderbilt.

PG Observations. 
The one thing Buehler has always shown is an absolute hammer. Looking back through all the notes from when he first showed up at the 2010 Ohio Valley showcase all throughout his HS career the breaking ball always stood out. Was always upset super projectable and young for the class and was no surprise to see him develop into a first rounder a Vandy and dominant MLB starter. 

Mick Abel 6-5 198, 2020 grad, 18.9 on MLB Draft Day

2019 PG National Report
Mick Abel is a 2020 RHP/1B with a 6-5 185 lb. frame from Tigard, OR who attends Jesuit. Extra long and tall frame with tremendous physical projection, young in the face. Long arm action from a 3/4's arm slot, low energy release, looks like he's warming up when he's throwing 96 mph, fastball gets on hitters. Slider is an elite level pitch right now at times, tunnels it well with his fastball with a power break in the mid-80's, couple of sliders just disappeared at the plate. Change up still developing. Incredibly high ceiling as he fills out and gets more innings under his belt. Good student, verbal commitment to Oregon State. Named to play in the Perfect Game All-American Classic.

PG Observations
I first saw Mick Abel during the 2016 14u World Series and after just a couple of pitches it was evident he had the potential to be a special arm. He was already 6-foot-3 and was showing the same long and fluid arm stroke we see today, only he worked in the 84-86 mph range with his fastball then while showing a nice feel for a low-70s slider. Jump to this past June and Abel grew a few inches and gained obvious strength and was now showing off a fastball that peaks in the upper-90s with a plus slider, one of the better breaking balls in the entire country. It's been fun to follow his career over the years and it's scary to think his best ones could still be ahead of him.
Jheremy Brown
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