Kevin Watson Jr:
The center fielder out of Beaverton High school was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 18th round of today’s draft. The 6 foot 1 Watson originally committed to OSU in the fall, but will now have to decide if he wants to turn pro early. Watson boasts great range in center field and is considered a plus athlete with above average speed. If he is to join OSU next season the left handed hitting Watson would have to compete with several returning veterans for playing time. Turning pro would possibly give him the opportunity to begin his career in nearby Hillsboro with the Diamondback’s single-A affiliate the Hillsboro Hops.
The 6-2 175 lb RHP pitcher committed to OSU last year, but that could be in doubt with today’s selection in the MLB draft. The San Diego native, who was drafted by his home town Padres in the 35th round, is regarded by most to be the top recruit in OSU’s class and could be in the weekend rotation as early as next season. Abel has hit 91 MPH with his fastball, but many expect that number to increase significantly as he continues to fill out his slender frame. Along with his fastball Abel has an arsenal that includes a change up that is essentially a screwball with a big fade, as well as a plus curveball has hard biting action and a developing cutter. The biggest issues for Abel at the next level will be improving his command and adding to his frame.
Watson and Abel will have until mid July to decide whether they want to take their talents to the pro ranks or head to Corvallis for the next 3 years.