Kevin Abel Selected By Cincinnati
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State right-handed pitcher Kevin Abel has been selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the seventh round, 210th overall, in the 2021 MLB First-Year Player Draft on Monday.
The selection is the second of Abel's career, following a 35th-round pick by his hometown San Diego Padres in 2017.
Abel is 13- 6 with a 3.31 earned run average in 42 games for the Beavers, which includes 26 starts. He has 242 strikeouts in 179 2/3 innings while limiting opponents to a .172 batting average.
Abel won eight games in his first season in Corvallis in 2018, and was named the National Freshman of the Year by D1Baseball.com and Baseball America. He won four of those eight games in Omaha, including a complete-game shutout over Arkansas to win the 2018 NCAA National Championship.
He is the fifth Beaver selected by Cincinnati all-time, and the first since Matt Boyd in 2012.
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