Kevin Abel is returning to Corvallis, and no one is more excited than Oregon State baseball coach Mitch Canham, who will have one of the best pitchers the program has ever had back in the fold.
Canham joined Beavers Insider Ron Callan this week on the Talkin’ Beavers podcast to discuss the right-handed pitcher electing to return to Oregon State for another season of action after not being selected in the shortened MLB draft’s format of five rounds.
Kevin’s no doubt a very special young man. Not just what he does when he holds the baseball in his hand, but what he does without the baseball. How he impacts the clubhouse, how he goes about everything that he does…Everything he does, he’s extremely competitive and you can see that fire. He made a post on social media about coming back and no doubt it’s going to ignite excitement all across Beaver Nation. -- Mitch Canham
Abel could certainly have a shot at being an early-round selection in 2021 if he returns to his pre-Tommy John surgery form that garnered national attention in the 2018 College World Series.
Abel and the Beavers were about to begin Pac-12 play when the season was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Canham said he and his players were getting on a plane to Arizona when they received the news.
Getting off the plane and getting everyone together and addressing it was very important. Getting back to the clubhouse and trying to focus on these guys, making sure they know that they’re loved and that we are going to work through this thing together. -- Mitch Canham
Hear more from Canham on the Talkin’ Beavers podcast. He discusses how he’s managed to find good in the coronavirus pandemic, how he’s always dreamed of coming back to Corvallis, the guidelines of returning to baseball this upcoming season and more.