Ranking the Reds 4 best replacements for injured starter Nick Lodolo

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Nick Lodolo
Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Nick Lodolo / Sam Greene/The Enquirer / USA TODAY
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1. Andrew Abbott could fill Nick Lodolo's spot in the Reds starting rotation.

Alright, if the Cincinnati Reds are tired of just dancing around the obvious, the front office could very simply just give Andrew Abbott his shot in the big leagues. No pitching in the entire organization has pitched better than Abbott to begin the season, and that includes anyone on the major league roster.

There are drawbacks, as Abbott has just a handful of starts at the Triple-A level. Every GM is nervous to "rush" any prospect to the big leagues before they're ready, but being that Abbott spent all four years at the University of Virginia, he has a bit more seasoning than other prospects.

Abbott has been utterly dominant in the minor leagues this season. The left-hander, according to FanGraphs, has a 2.59 FIP and a 46.8-percent strikout-rate in seven starts this season.

Abbott has been roughed up a bit more since arriving at Triple-A Louisville. The southpaw enjoyed a 1.15 ERA and 36 strikeouts through 15.2 innings pitched with the Chattanooga Lookouts. After joining the Louisville Bats at the end of April, Abbott has a 4.50 ERA and 29 punch outs in 20 innings of work.

Andrew Abbott has also allowed five round trippers at Triple-A after seeing nothing leave the park in Double-A this season. Those numbers should give you some insight as to why the Cincinnati Reds brass is a bit hesitant to call Abbott up to the big leagues so quickly.

The Reds could always surprise the fanbase and make a trade, sign a veteran free agent, or make a waiver claim. But with the pitching depth in the Cincinnati farm system, one would imagine Nick Lodolo's replacement will come from within the organization.

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