2. Reds pitcher Andrew Abbott wins 2023 NL Rookie of the Year.
Nick Krall has basically stuffed the ballot box by calling up so much of the organization's young talent. Someone on this Cincinnati Reds squad is going to win National League Rookie of the Year.
Elly De La Cruz has arrived and will draw a ton of national attention. Matt McLain has been terrific since making his debut last month. Spencer Steer has been vastly underrated and could get a lot more chances to make an impact with his bat now that he's hitting behind De La Cruz in the lineup.
But these are supposed to be bold predictions, right? While the focus coming into the 2023 season was on the Big Three of Hunter Greene, Nick Lodolo, and Graham Ashcraft, look for Andrew Abbott to emerge as the best pitcher in the Reds rotation.
That's a bold statement to be sure, but Abbott is polished. We've seen struggles from all three of the Reds sophomore starters, and Abbott could endure his fair share of struggles as well.
But after seeing the southpaw dominate in the minor leagues this season and then put an end to the Milwaukee Brewers three-game dominance over the Reds, it's time to insert Abbott's name into the discussion for NL Rookie of the Year.
Andrew Abbott will face the stiffest competition from within his own clubhouse. Elly De La Cruz, Matt McLain, and Spencer Steer will all be in the hunt. As far as other hurlers go, Abbott will get a run for his money from the likes of Bobby Miller (Los Angeles Dodgers) and Kodai Senga (New York Mets).