It may have been his Double-A debut, but nothing seemed to have changed for the Reds’ No. 13 prospect, Andrew Abbott.
The 22-year-old left-hander was promoted to Chattanooga on May 10 after spending a month carving through opposing batters with High-A Dayton, striking out 40 over 27 innings and pitching to a sparkling 0.67 ERA. His first start after the callup was more of the same — he tossed a spotless 5 2/3 innings, allowing just three hits with a career-high 12 strikeouts.
Abbott, who was selected in the second round of the 2021 MLB Draft, now has a combined 0.55 ERA in 2022, down from 4.15 in his abbreviated 2021 season, and has arguably the most eye-catching stats among Cincinnati’s top prospects — he now leads the Reds’ Top 30 in strikeouts.
Although he didn’t quite need it, Abbott got plenty of support from his lineup, including third baseman Robbie Tenerowicz, who homered twice and collected three RBIs.