When Sunday began, Andrew Abbott had a 0.86 ERA through four games this season with the Dayton Dragons. He had given up just two earned runs in 21.0 innings and allowed just 13 hits while striking out 35 and walking just 7.

But on Sunday afternoon, Andrew Abbott was set to make a start for Dayton against Lake County. When the outing was over for the left-handed starter he had tossed another 6.0 shutout innings, giving up just three hits along the way, and he picked up five strikeouts while walking no one.

Five games, 27.0 innings, two earned runs (that’s a 0.67 ERA for those keeping track at home), just 16 hits allowed, just 7 walks, and he struck out 40 of the 103 batters he faced. Opponents had hit just .168/.233/.221 against him with two doubles and one home run.

On Sunday evening the 22-year-old lefty was promoted to Double-A Chattanooga. While the move isn’t official, Abbott shared the news of the promotion on Instagram. Given that he won’t be expected to pitch until at least Friday, the move may not be announced until then – though it could come sooner.

It’s been a dominant start to his professional career for Andrew Abbott. He has only thrown 40.0 innings, pitching briefly last season with Low-A Daytona with the Tortugas after he was drafted in the 2nd round by the Reds. In those 40.0 innings since being selected by Cincinnati he’s posted a 1.80 ERA, walked just 11 batters, and he’s struck out 62. The 53rd overall pick has made a quick ascension to Double-A and will likely join last year’s 1st round pick Matt McLain with the Lookouts unless he gets promoted before the Abbott transaction becomes official.

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16 Responses

  1. Matt

    A continued strong season, now at AA, should put Abbott in the conversation for a 2023 Cincinnati rotation spot.

  2. RedBB

    Andrew Abbott would be our best LH option out of the BP right now. I think his floor is a poor man’s Josh Hader. I could see him being in AAA by the 2nd half of the season and a late season call-up…well in a normal year anyways.

    • Matt

      With Greene and Lodolo probably reaching an innings cap at somepoint, they’ll need the arms and innings. Especially if Mahle and/or Castillo are traded. The September rotation could be wild.

      • Doc

        They won’t reach an innings cap very fast at 3-4 innings per start and/or lengthy stays on IL. Five starters means roughly 33 starts in a season per pitcher. Four innings per start only gets one to 132 innings. If an MLB starter in the opening day rotation can’t throw more than 132 innings, he doesn’t belong in MLB.

        Reds have played 28 games, but Lodolo has what, three starts so far? He did manage to squeeze 5 innings out of one start, but even if he averages five the rest of the year he is no more than 150 innings.

        All innings limitations accomplish is ‘saving arms’ for the team who signs them after their sixth year.

      • Doug Gray

        Abbott is just as likely to have an innings limit as those two guys.

    • DaveCT

      Haden is pure power pitching. Abbott is more polish than pure stuff, so far anyway. But as an older college guy, he probably is what he’s going to project as already. Still a lot of value there.

    • Tar Heel Red

      Agreed. Bring him up and let him come out of the pen this season. He could then be stretched out during the off season and compete for a rotation spot in ’23

  3. MK

    Selfishly I would love to see him stay in Dayton all year as he is fun to watch and winning a championship is long overdue in Dayton. But realistically I am happy for him.If he can conquerAA he should make it all the way quickly.

    Doug, any information on Christian Roa?

    • Krozley

      Roa was just activated from the IL by Dayton, basically replacing Abbott.

  4. DaveCT

    Abbott looks like he has Lodolo-like polish, though not exactly his size. Actually a good comp might be a left handed Tyler Mahle.

      • DaveCT

        I thought about Miley, too. But I was thinking about Mahle’s perfect game and his other no hitter at A ball. If Abbott stuck around long enough I could see him no hitting somebody. I have no clue what zMiley did back then.

  5. Doc

    Abbott certainly started his AA career without missing a step. 5.2, 0 runs, 12 strikeouts.