The Cincinnati Reds added Andrew Abbott to the taxi squad this morning. If you are slightly confused by that information because you believed that the taxi squad only existed for road trips, well, you aren’t alone in that. But none of that seems to matter – Abbott is with the club in Cincinnati and he will be activated tomorrow to make a start against the Milwaukee Brewers. Hunter Greene was originally scheduled to start, but he’s dealing with stiffness in his hip and is being pushed until Sunday.
The 24-year-old is getting a slightly late birthday present from the organization after celebrating his birthday on Thursday. Abbott has been very good this season. The left-handed starter began the year in Double-A Chattanooga and was so good that he was promoted after just three starts where he struck out 36 batters with just three walks and six hits allowed in 15.2 innings pitched.
Upon his promotion to Triple-A Louisville he did slow down a little bit, but only because it was nearly impossible to be as good as he had been in the Southern League in his first three outings. With the Bats, Abbott has now made seven starts. In that time he’s posted a 3.05 ERA and thrown 38.1 innings while allowing 27 hits, walking 14 batters, and he’s picked up 54 strikeouts. After not allowing a home run while in Chattanooga he has given up eight of them in his seven starts with Louisville.
This season Andrew Abbott is throwing four pitches. His fastball has been working in the 91-94 MPH range and he’s touched 96. His change up works in the mid-80’s, while the slider and curveball both work in the 79-82 MPH range.
Manager David Bell noted this morning that Andrew Abbott will be starting on Monday and then again on Saturday, setting up a 6-man rotation. But he did note that the 6-man rotation wasn’t something that they were planning to stick with for very long according to Charlie Goldsmith of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Abbott will pitch Monday and be followed by Luke Weaver, Brandon Williamson, Graham Ashcraft, Ben Lively, then Abbott again, before Hunter Greene takes the mound on Sunday.
This takes us to the next question of – who is moving out of the Reds rotation? Do they send Abbott back to Triple-A? If Graham Ashcraft doesn’t pitch much better the next time out is he going to get sent to the minors to work on things? I guess we’re all going to have to wait and see how things play out.