The Phillies are taking a cautious path in the development of 2020 No. 1 draft pick Mick Abel. The 19 year-old was quickly removed last night in the Clearwater Threshers game against the Daytona Tortugas with two out in the fourth inning.
Abel had thrown 62 pitches in 3.2 innings in the game. He allowed only two hits, no runs, walked one and struck out six. It was the second straight start where he has been taken out after only 3.2 innings of work. He has not pitched more than 3.2 innings in any of his six starts.
Abel showed he is a tough competitor. In Thursday’s game, he struck out the final batter he faced swinging on the 10th pitch, according to the Tortugas’ audio stream of the game.
Mick has been dominating in his last four starts where he has pitched a total of 12.2 innings. He allowed only six hits, two runs, walked four and struck out 18 in those starts.
It appears the Phillies are not anxious to move Abel up quickly in the organization. We can only project, if he continues to dominate Low A ball, he would get a chance to move up to High A, Jersey Shore, during the second half of the season. He is still a teenager who turns 20 years old on August 18th.
The Threshers return home next week. We are looking forward to seeing Abel in another dominating performance.