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Abbott back at U.Va. for one more season of baseball / June 15, 2020
Halifax County High School’s Andrew Abbott came up short in last week’s Major League Baseball Draft and will return to the University of Virginia for another season of baseball.

Sports analyst covering MLB had thought that Abbott would be selected in round-two of a shortened draft year. MLB only had five draft rounds this year in comparison to the 40-rounds they usually host – a costs saving measure put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year’s draft was only open to 160 players. Abbott said at the time he was happy to be mentioned for the draft. In 2019 baseball teams drafted over 1,200 players in the 40-round event.

The lefty, relief pitcher who built quite a resume while playing with the Cavaliers had always planned to return to Virginia if he wasn’t selected in the draft. Though Abbott has all his credits to graduate now, he was only a junior last year; so a return to Charlottesville is no issue for him.

In fact the Cavaliers will probably appreciate Abbott’s return. While at Virginia as a relief pitcher, Abbott struck out 165 batters in 108 innings over the course of his career. In 2020 he struck out 28 batters earning a 1.35 ERA. In early season spring action the Cavaliers entered their home stand 1-2, when the stanza was over the Cavs were 14-4 and looking towards a successful season.

Abbott also earned ACC Academic Honor Roll in 2018, 2019 and 2020. ​

Abbott posted on his Twitter feed on Saturday that he’s ready to go back to Charlottesville and get better at the game he loves. “More work to be done. Can’t wait to be back in Charlottesville! Go Hoos.”

One of Abbott’s most beneficial lessons has been learning to control what he could and what he couldn’t – not to dwell on it. The lefty, who has a fast ball that consistently averages over 90 mph and also a good curve ball said he’s just ready to get back playing baseball.

“The biggest thing I’ve told myself and have learned throughout the years is control what you can control,” Abbott said. “I’m just happy to get out and play.”

This isn’t Abbott’s first experience with the draft. In 2017 when he graduated from Halifax County High School, Abbott was chosen in the 36th round of the MLB draft by the New York Yankees.

Eleven of this year’s first-round draft picks were student-athletes graduating from high school. Over 40 high school seniors were selected over the five rounds.

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