Reds prospect Andrew Abbott joins taxi squad, will start this week

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Andrew Abbott
Cincinnati Reds pitcher Andrew Abbott / Steph Chambers/GettyImages

In a rather surprising turn of events, the Cincinnati Reds added pitching prospect Andrew Abbott to the team's taxi squad. Abbott will appear in a game for the Reds later this week.

Abbott, who was just drafted by the Reds back in 2021, has been utterly dominant at both Double-A and Triple-A Louisville in 2023.

The southpaw fills up the strike zone with regularity, and is not overly-reliant on velocity to get outs. Abbott will start Monday against the Milwaukee Brewers, as Hunter Greene's next start has been pushed back due to a mild hip issue.

Reds news: Andrew Abbott joins taxi squad, will start this week.

This is just the latest in a flurry of moves by the Cincinnati Reds front office that have seen some of the organization's top prospects added to the major league roster over the past month.

It all began with the addition of Matt McLain in mid-May. McLain won NL Rookie of the Week honors a little over a week ago. Shortly after that, Brandon Williamson was added to the Reds starting rotation. The left-hander had his first quality start last week, and the command issues that plagued the left-hander in the minors has not been a concern as of yet.

On Saturday, TJ Friedl was placed on the 10-day IL after suffering a hamstring injury. That forced the Reds' hand, and the team selected the contract of prospect T.J. Hopkins. The right-handed hitting outfielder got into the game late in the ninth inning with the bases loaded and drew a walk.

The Cincinnati Reds aren't done either. Look for top prospect Elly De La Cruz to make his major league debut later this month, and fellow infielder Christian Encarnacion-Strand may not be very far behind. There's a lot to like about this young Reds team.

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