Paul Abbott (baseball)

Paul David Abbott (born September 15, 1967) is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He was a part of the 2001 Seattle Mariners team who tied the Major League Baseball (MLB) record for the most wins in a season, with Abbott compiling a 17–4 win–loss record. He has one of the highest lifetime winning percentages as a Mariner (.679). Since 2010, he has worked as a minor league pitching coach for the Boston Red Sox organization.

Paul Abbott
Abbott in 1988
Pitcher
Born: (1967-09-15) September 15, 1967
Van Nuys, California, U.S.
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 21, 1990, for the Minnesota Twins
Last MLB appearance
August 7, 2004, for the Philadelphia Phillies
MLB statistics
Win–loss record43–37
Earned run average4.92
Strikeouts496
Teams

A native of Van Nuys, California, Abbott attended Sunny Hills High School, Fullerton, California, and played professional baseball for 21 consecutive years (1985–2005), including service in minor league and independent league baseball. He threw and batted right-handed. During his playing days, Abbott stood 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m) tall, weighing 185 pounds (84 kg).

Professional career

Minnesota Twins

Abbott began his professional career in the Minnesota Twins farm system, first with the Rookie-Level Elizabethton Twins in 1985. With Elizabethton, Abbott went 1-5 with a 6.94 ERA in 10 games, all starts.

His next season, Abbott was promoted to the Class-A Kenosha Twins of the Midwest League. In 1986, Abbott went 6-10 with a 4.50 ERA in 25 games, 15 starts. He continued to pitch for Kenosha in 1987 as he went 13-6 with a 3.65 ERA in 26 games, 25 starts/

In 1988, Abbot continued to play in Class-A, this time with the Visalia Oaks of the California League. He went 11-9 with a 4.18 ERA in 28 games, all starts. Abbott also pitched 17113 innings pitched, the most in his Minor league career.

In 1989 Abbott was promoted to the Double-A Orlando Twins of the Southern League. He went 9-3 with a 4.37 ERA in 17 games, all starts.

Abbott began the 1990 season with the Triple-A Portland Beavers of the Pacific Coast League. He went 5-14 with a 4.56 ERA in 23 games, all starts. He was called up to the Minnesota Twins on August 21, 1990. He went 0-5 with 25 strikeouts and a 5.97 ERA in seven games, all starts.

Golden Baseball League

In 2005, Abbott played for the Independent San Diego Surf Dawgs and Fullerton Flyers in the Golden Baseball League.

Coaching career

Abbott has worked for the Red Sox in their farm system since 2010. On December 22, 2010, he was named pitching coach of the Lowell Spinners, Short-Season Class A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, for the 2011 season. He had been an assistant baseball coach at Fullerton Junior College and pitching coach for the independent Orange County Flyers of the Golden Baseball League.[1] He has a son named Trent Abbott who attended Troy High School and played baseball for Fullerton College and he was drafted by Oakland Athletics in the 36th round of the 2007 MLB draft.[2] Abbot has also coached East Fullerton Little League teams for his younger son. In January 2018, Abbott joined the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs as their pitching coach.[3] In January 2020, he was named pitching coach of the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox.[4]

References

  1. "Paul Abbott joins the Flyers Coaching Staff". orangecountyflyers.com. 2008-08-06. Retrieved 2009-01-24.
  2. "TIP JAR REMINDER". thebaseballcube.com. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
  3. "Red Sox announce minor league field staffs for 2018". Boston Red Sox official website. 9 January 2018. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  4. "Red Sox announce personnel moves in player development and Minor League field staffs". mlb.com (Press release). Boston Red Sox. January 16, 2020. Retrieved January 28, 2020.
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