As the Cincinnati Reds continue to search for ways to bolster their pitching staff, one name that should be on their radar is left-handed pitching prospect Andrew Abbott.
Abbott, a 22-year-old who was drafted in 2021 out of University of Virginia, has been nothing short of dominant. In seven starts this season between Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Lousiville, Abbott has posted a 2-0 record with an 3.03 ERA and 65 strikeouts.
However, it's not just the numbers that make Abbott an intriguing prospect. Abbott features a low-to-mid 90s fastball that he pairs with a devastating slider and a changeup that has developed nicely since his college days. His ability to command all three pitches has allowed him to dominate hitters at every level he's pitched at so far.
Andrew Abbott should be the next Reds prospect to make his major league debut in 2023.
Andrew Abbott has several admirable attributes, but one of the most impressive things about his game is the ability to miss bats. His strikeout per nine innings of 16.40 K/9 is the best in all of minor league baseball.
Another thing that sets Abbott apart is his competitiveness. He's a bulldog on the mound who doesn't shy away from big moments. In his college career, Abbot was known for coming up big in postseason games. He was the MVP of the 2021 Columbia Regional after throwing a complete game shutout against Old Dominion.
Abbott has the stuff and the makeup to be a successful big league pitcher. While he would certainly face a tougher challenge in the majors, there's reason to believe he could hold his own rather quickly.
Of course, there are also reasons why the Reds might want to wait before calling Abbott up to the big leagues. Abbott is still very young and has limited professional experience. The Reds might want to see him get more reps in the minors before throwing him into the fire at the big league level.
If the Cincinnati Reds do decide to call up Andrew Abbott, he could provide a much-needed boost to their rotation down the stretch. Cincinnati will be without Nick Lodolo for at least a month and just placed Connor Overton on the 60-day IL. They're running out of arms.