Ashe Russell went from coveted prep prospect to a drafted player in the matter of minutes tonight. The Kansas City Royals selected the recent graduate of Cathedral High School in the first round of the MLB Amateur Draft
The right-handed pitcher dominated Indiana high school baseball during his years at Cathedral. The two-time Gatorade Player of the Year for Indiana was selected with the twenty-first pick in the draft.
With his nasty fastball, Russell was the first high school righty selected.
Russell gained national attention last summer. He pitched at the Perfect Game All-American Classic in San Diego and the Under Amour All-American Game at Wrigley Field last summer, wowing scouts along the way.
Committed to Texas A&M to play baseball, Russell now has a major decision to make between signing his contract with the Royals or going to college with the hopes of improving his draft position.
If he does sign with the Royals, Russell will have to develop his secondary pitches, including his changeup, if he wants to make it the major leagues.
Whatever decision he makes, tonight was a life changing night for the Cathedral graduate.