MLB Futures Game features 1 Reds prospect you already know and 1 who's flying up through the farm system

Cincinnati Reds minor league pitcher Andrew Abbott (21) delivers during a spring training game.
Cincinnati Reds minor league pitcher Andrew Abbott (21) delivers during a spring training game. / Kareem Elgazzar/The Enquirer / USA TODAY

The 2022 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game will be a week from Saturday at Dodger Stadium. The Cincinnati Reds will have two representatives in this year's game; one player who I believe everyone's already heard of and another who's been dominant in 2022.

Both Elly De La Cruz and Andrew Abbott will represent the Reds organization in this year's Futures Game. De La Cruz is mashing down at High-A Dayton while Abbott is striking out opposing batters left and right down at Double-A Chattanooga.

De La Cruz, an international free agent signee in 2018, rose to prominence after a fantastic 2021 campaign, while Abbott is in his first full season as a professional. According to MLB Pipeline, De La Cruz is a Top 100 prospect and ranks No. 2 in Cincinnati's farm system. Abbott comes in at No. 12.

Elly De La Cruz and Andrew Abbott represent the Reds in the MLB Future Game.

Elly De La Cruz has been impressive this season, so it comes as no surprise that the shortstop will represent the Cincinnati Reds in the MLB Futures Game. According to FanGraphs, De La Cruz is hitting .294/.349/.561 with 15 home runs, 46 RBIs, and wRC+ of 145.

There was some concern that De La Cruz might not be able to duplicate his hot hitting once he made the leap to High-A, but he's proven the doubters wrong and I think we can expect to see the 20-year-old find his way to Double-A later this year.

As for Andrew Abbott, I don't think many scouts expected the left-hander to be as good as he was during the first-part of the 2022 season. A four-year player at the University of Virginia, Abbott got the opportunity to start for the Cavaliers during his senior season and has turned that into an opportunity to be a starter in the big leagues.

Abbott dismantled opposing batters High-A Dayton and after 27 innings of pure dominance, the Cincinnati Reds quickly moved the lefty up a level to Double-A. As a member of the Chattanooga Lookouts rotation, Andrew Abbott has seen his ERA go up, but he' still striking batters out.

Abbott owns a 6.11 ERA at Double-A Chattanooga, but he also has a 29.8% strikeout-rate. That's not as impressive as his 38.8% strikeout-rate while he was with the Dayton Dragons, but the step up in competition will typically produce those types of results.

The future looks bright for both Elly De La Cruz and Andrew Abbott. I doubt we'll see either in a Cincinnati Reds uniform this season, but both could figure into the equation in 2023. We'll have to wait and see.

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