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Reds prospect Andrew Abbott has been quickly, but correctly, promoted to Double-A Chattanooga

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
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He's coming, Reds Country. Get ready! Cincinnati Reds prospect Andrew Abbott was promoted from High-A Dayton to Double-A Chattanooga on Tuesday. Abbott has absolutely obliterated the competition at High-A.

Abbott only appeared in five games for the Dayton Dragons, but that was more than enough for the Reds development team to know that he was well ahead of the competition. Perhaps a promotion to Double-A will offer a bigger challenge for Abbott.

Reds prospect Andrew Abbott was absolutely dominant at High-A Dayton.

Honestly, you could argue this was overdue. Much like Matt McLain, who's now Andrew Abbott's teammate at Double-A Chattanooga, the former Virginia Cavalier could have probably started the 2022 season with the Lookouts.

But, the Reds wanted to be sure and Abbott answered the bell. The left-hander appeared in five games, striking out 40 batters over 27 innings of work. Abbott only issued seven walks and owned a 0.67 ERA.

Abbott's time in Tennessee is doubtful to be as short-lived as his time in Dayton, but one could easily see the southpaw making his way to Triple-A Louisville before the end of the 2022 season. That, of course, assumes that Abbott has similar success once he toes the rubber for the Chattanooga Lookouts.

Abbott ranks No. 13 among all Cincinnati prospects according to MLB Pipeline and FanGraphs has a much less favorable outlook for the 22-year-old as they consider him to No. 21 among the Reds farmhands.

The former second-round pick does have some scouts concerned that he'll ultimately turn out to be a reliever. But after starting during his senior season in Charlottesville and starting nine games over the last two seasons for the Cincinnati Reds, I'm certainly not going to bet against Andrew Abbott becoming a fixture in the rotation.

Abbott has all the tools to be a solid contributor to the Reds, perhaps as soon as next season. Depending on how things turn out with the Cincinnati Reds rotation after the trade deadline, you don't have to squint very hard to see the lefty joining the big leagues in 2023.

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