What Reds prospect Andrew Abbott is doing is unfathomable

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

The fact that Andrew Abbott is not among the Top 100 prospects in all of baseball is outrageous. The Cincinnati Reds have a good one down on the farm, ladies and gentlemen.

Abbott, who dismantled the opposition in his first start of the year at Double-A Chattanooga by going 4.2 innings and striking out 11 of the 15 batters he faced, was at it again on Thursday night.

Abbott is making opposing batters look foolish. Ranked 10th the Reds farm system according to MLB Pipeline, the left-hander spun another gem during his second outing of the young season. At this rate, it won't be long before Abbott jumps from Chattanooga to Louisville.

What Reds prospect Andrew Abbott is doing is unfathomable.

Andrew Abbott tossed six innings for the Chattanooga Lookouts on Thursday night. He allowed just two hits and struck out 14 of the 20 batters he faced. Oh yeah, and didn't walk a single hitter. That's unheard of.

So through the first two starts of the season, Abbott now has 25 punch outs in less than 11 innings pitched. That's a 71.4-percent strikeout-rate according to FanGraphs. His K-BB-rate is 68.6-percent. Brace yourselves, because it gets better. Not only is Abbott carrying an ERA of 0.00, but his FIP is in the negative. Abbott has -0.76 FIP.

According to Baseball Savant, Abbott got 25 swings and misses during his start on Thursday. To give you a comparison, Hunter Greene induced 21 swings and misses during his 10 strikeout performance on Wednesday night against the Atlanta Braves.

Andrew Abbott is essentially playing chess while everyone else is playing checkers. The same was true in 2022 when after a handful of starts, the Cincinnati Reds decided to bump the left-hander from High-A Dayton up to Double-A Chattanooga.

Abbott was constantly seen as a reliever throughout his college career and questions still lingered during the 2021 MLB Draft. The Reds got a good one after Abbott fell to the second round, and it won't be long until the left-hander makes his way to the big leagues.

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