3/15/09

Mets Prospect - P Cole Abbott

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Cole Abbott P R R 6-2 175 7-14-88 Weber High School (Utah)

The Mets selected Nicholas "Cole" Abbott in the 25th round (783rd overall) of the 2007 amateur draft out of Weber High School in Utah. Regarded as an early-round talent, Abbott's signability was in question with his committment to BYU. However, the Mets were able to sign him quickly after the draft.

From Baseball America: “Abbott was rivaling Tanner Robles as Utah's top prep pitcher despite having a much lower profile. Known more as a basketball player in his prep career, Abbott started getting more attention last summer when he pitched in the Area Code Games. He's athletic and loose-armed, with a projectable 6-foot-2, 175-pound frame. Quick-armed and athletic, Abbott topped out at 92 mph early in the spring, settled in around 88-91 mph with his fastball and has more velocity in him for the future, as he does it easy and repeats his delivery well. Most impressive, he's shown the ability to spin a breaking ball-—at high altitude--consistently for strikes. While Abbott considers it a slider, it's a slurve right now with some depth, and with more repetition and instruction it could become a true power curveball. His commitment to Brigham Young could cloud his signability, and if he and Nevada's top prep, righty Taylor Cole, both showed up at BYU, the Cougars could be a national force in the next three seasons.”

In 2007, Abbott pitched for the GCL Mets (0-3, 7.31 in 10 games, 2 starts, 1.88).

In 2008, Abbott spent the entire season assigned to the GCL Mets, but on the disabled list.

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