5 Reds prospects to watch at Double-A Chattanooga in 2023
By Drew Koch
There will be a number of eyes on Triple-A Louisville this season with Elly De La Cruz, Matt McLain, and Levi Stoudt set to begin their march toward the big leagues in the Derby City.
But Double-A Chattanooga will have their fair share of talented Cincinnati Reds prospects as well. Last year, the aforementioned duo of De La Cruz and McLain wrecked havoc in the Southern League and are now on the cusp of making it to The Show.
Who will be the next group of must-watch Reds prospects gearing up to take the field for the Chattanooga Lookouts in 2023?
1. Reds prospects to watch at Double-A Chattanooga in 2023: Andrew Abbott
Reds fans are excited about the trio of Hunter Greene, Nick Lodolo, and Graham Ashcraft entering Year 2 in the majors. The three-headed monster atop the Cincinnati rotation look to be the real deal heading into 2023.
But the backend of the Reds rotation could certainly use a boost. Brandon Williamson and Levi Stoudt will be the next arms up, but don't sleep on Andrew Abbott. The former University of Virginia reliever is looking to assert himself as a starter for the Chattanooga Lookouts in 2023.
There is certainly some reliever risk with Abbott, and the southpaw may very well end up in the Cincinnati bullpen. In fact, the quickest way to get Abbott to the big leagues would be to shift him into a relief role.
But, with the aforementioned Williamson and Stoudt on the edge of making it to the majors, there's no reason to accelerate Andrew Abbott's path to The Show. Look for Cincinnati to start Abbott at Double-A Chattanooga, but if he experiences success early, moving him to Triple-A before Memorial Day should not be out of the question.