DES MOINES - Alec Rash passed on $500,000 and another $120,000 for college.
But before the ADM senior heads off to pitch for the University of Missouri, the Sioux City Heelan baseball team will get an up-close look at the second-round draft choice.
Second-seeded and fourth-rated Heelan (34-10) will face seventh-seeded, unrated ADM (26-14) in an 8 p.m. Class 3-A state quarterfinal on Tuesday at Principal Park.
Jim Callis of Baseball America has called Rash "the best prospect to come out of Iowa since Jeremy Hellickson a few years ago.'' Hellickson, a Des Moines Hoover product and a member of the Tampa Bay Rays, was the 2011 American League Rookie of the Year.
The 6-foot-5, 200-pound Rash was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies at No. 95 overall in last month's Major League Baseball draft. Rash, whose fastball typically is clocked in the lower 90s, passed on the Phillies' offer and instead will play in the Southeastern Conference at Missouri.