Oregon State right-handed pitcher Kevin Abel has been named a freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball, the publication announced on Wednesday.
With the selection, the Beavers have now had at least one freshman All-American in four consecutive seasons and 12 of the last 13.
Abel, who hails from San Diego, is coming off eight shutout innings in a win over LSU on Sunday that clinched the Corvallis Regional. Abel is 4-1 on the season with a 3.58 earned run average in 60⅓ innings. He has appeared in 19 games — five starts — and has recorded 85 strikeouts while opponents are batting just .206 against him.
Drew Rasmussen and Nick Madrigal, who were drafted earlier this week, were freshman All-Americans in 2015 and 2016, respectively. Current and former Major Leaguers Jacoby Ellsbury (2003), Darwin Barney (2005), Sam Gaviglio (2009), Matt Boyd (2010), Michael Conforto (2012), Jace Fry (2012) and Andrew Moore (2013) were all recognized as well during their freshman campaigns.
Heimlich not drafted
No Oregon State players were selected on Day 3 of the Major League baseball draft.
The three-day, 40-round draft wrapped up Wednesday with rounds 11-40.
Second baseman Nick Madrigal (fourth overall, Chicago White Sox), outfielder Trevor Larnach (20th, Minnesota Twins) and shortstop Cadyn Grenier (37th, Baltimore Orioles) all went in Monday’s first round. Center fielder Steven Kwan (fifth round, Cleveland Indians), pitcher Drew Rasmussen (sixth round, Milwaukee Brewers) and third baseman Michael Gretler (10th round, Pittsburgh Pirates) were picked Tuesday.
Luke Heimlich, the two-time Pac-12 pitcher of the year, was not selected. The senior left-hander also went undrafted last year due to concerns about his now-sealed juvenile record.
Right-handed pitcher Bryce Fehmel, lefty Jake Mulholland and first baseman Zak Taylor are all expected to return to school after going undrafted.
OSU signee Jayce Easley, a middle infielder, was taken in the fifth round by the Texas Rangers and could sign. Fellow recruit Jake Pfennigs (35th round, San Diego Padres) has stated that he plans to play college baseball.
OSU football recruit Jake Dukart was drafted in the 36th round by the Boston Red Sox.