Something that has been in the works for almost two decades may finally have a payoff in the next two weeks. Senior pitcher Ashe Russell from Indianapolis Cathedral High School is one of the top prospects in this year’s draft.
Many scouts have Russell valued as a mid-first round pick. Players of that value have been known to sign to $2.5 million deals in the past. However, if Russell decides to pass on the majors (for now at least) he will be pitching at Texas A&M next spring.
In an interview with the Indianapolis Star, Russell was quoted, “It’s going to be a family decision. Definitely, 100 percent. For me, it’s not really about the money. My grandparents would like to see me go get an education. If the opportunity is right in pro ball, I’ll go play pro ball.”
Russell has a vicious arsenal to go with his large frame. Standing at 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds, Russell has already begun to fill out his frame at a young age. To go with his size is a fastball that has been clocked up to 96 MPH and a slider that breaks harder than most would expect coming in at just over 80 MPH.
A good amount of movement, complimented by control and velocity makes some of his pitches unhittable. Mixing his fastballs, sliders, curveballs and change-ups more efficiently will certainly be something he could improve upon in college.
However, depending on the money on the table, it could be hard to walk away.
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