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Abbott ready for next week’s MLB draft

SoVaNow.com / June 04, 2020


It’s less than a week away from the 2020 MLB draft and Halifax County’s Andrew Abbott is prepared to make the jump to the pros.

Abbott, from Republican Grove, sees himself in a very unique situation regarding the draft. Due to the coronavirus Abbott still has a year of eligibility left in college baseball.

The lefty, who has a fast ball that consistently averages over 90 mph and also a good curveball, said he’s just ready to get back playing baseball.

“Mainly, I would say I’m anxious,” Abbott said describing his thoughts about the draft. “I haven’t played a competitive game of baseball since early March.”

The recent University of Virginia graduate said if he’s not picked in this year’s shortened draft, he’ll be more than happy to return to Charlottesville, work on his game and be ready for the 2021 draft.

The MLB Draft this year will be nothing like the 2017 draft in which Abbott was chosen in the 36th round by the New York Yankees — the year he graduated from Halifax County High School. This year’s draft will consist of only five rounds, not the 40 rounds the pro league generally holds.

“To be fortunate enough to have my name mentioned in the draft with — I think 160 total people, are gonna get drafted this year — so, just having my name in that is awesome. I think the anxious part comes from just wanting to go out and compete again,” Abbott said.

The draft takes place on June 10-11 and will be conducted virtually for the first time in the league’s history. Mock drafts have Abbott going in the second round. And that seems to be a general consensus amongst professional sports analysts as well.

While at U.Va. as a relief pitcher, Abbott struck out 165 batters in 108 innings over the course of his career. This year 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 said to keep in shape he’s been working out at HCHS. He also utilizes a pitching net at home. Abbott has been contacted by several teams, some teams asking general questions, approximately five of those asking detailed questions about his game.

“You know, I’ve just been trying to stay ready and hopefully when your name is called you’re ready and they ship you off somewhere to go play,” he added.

Abbott expressed one valuable lesson he learned early in his life that has helped him — try to control what you can control and don’t worry about what you can’t. Abbott says that is the way he’s eying next week’s draft. He’s not really concerned about where he goes. He says it will be an honor just to be selected to the professional ranks.

“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.

“I grew up liking a lot of teams, so there are a lot of teams that I like. There’s not one team that sticks out in my mind that would be the best fit for me. Each of them present a different area I could improve on and stuff.

“But speaking of that, U.Va. was my dream school, so that was like the one school I wanted to go to. But being in the pros you have a little less say than when you’re picking a college so to speak … So yeah, I’m just thinking, go with the flow and whoever picks me is going to get a competitor.”





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