The 67th overall pick in 2017 from Loyola Marymount University, Abbott’s polish allowed him to breeze through A-Ball last year, pitching in both Low-A and High-A. It has been more of the same for Abbott this year, named to the Southern League All-Star Game after a strong 13-start debut in Double-A.
Abbott is a burly 6-foot-2, able to pound the zone with his fastball given a repeatable, low-maintenance delivery. He mixes looks at his heater with veteran’s feel, showing a sinker, cutter, and four-seamer. He throws both a curve and slider, both of which project as 50-grade pitches. What’s most notable is his command, as Abbot not only throws lots of strikes but frequently dots the lower-third. There isn’t a plus pitch to drive a ceiling higher than a #4/#5 starter, but his polish and relatively high floor could move Abbott through the system quickly.