A 22nd-round pick in 2011, he has put himself on the fast track since deciding to give up his hoop dream and focus on his baseball career. Amir Garrett was fantastic starting out the season at Double-A, earning a promotion to Triple-A for the first time. While he didn't enjoy quite as much success after the call up -- the 25-year-old struggled a bit keeping the ball in the yard and with control/command -- he still posted a respectable 3.46 ERA in 12 appearances (11 starts). With the Reds in rebuilding mode, they can afford to be patient with the lefty, but Cincinnati is heading into spring training with Garrett in mind for the fifth spot in the rotation. A bullpen role is also on the table, although it seems more likely that Garrett would continue his development as a starter in the minors if he were to fail to win a starting job in camp.
Garrett will be in the Reds' starting rotation to open the season, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Garrett was in the middle of a five-man battle for one of the Reds' final three starting rotation spots, and it now looks like he will be the fourth starter, according to Mark Sheldon. The 24-year-old posted a 4.22 ERA across 21.1 innings this spring, earning him a spot in the rotation over the likes of Cody Reed and Robert Stephenson, who will likely head to the bullpen to start the season.
Garrett threw four perfect innings against the A's on Monday. He struck out three batters. The 6-foot-5 lefty has just one earned run on his ledger through four Cactus League outings, with a 9:2 K:BB in 11.1 innings. He allowed seven hits, committed two errors (on the same play) and uncorked a wild pitch in a start last week, resulting in five unearned runs, but he bounced back in impressive fashion Monday. Garrett is building a strong case for a spot in a Reds rotation that will be without both Homer Bailey (elbow) and Anthony DeSclafani (elbow) on Opening Day.
Garrett gave up five unearned runs over 2.2 innings against the Angels on Wednesday, allowing seven hits and a walk while also throwing a wild pitch and committing two errors on the same play. The earned/unearned dichotomy is always misleading when it comes to a pitcher's own error, more so in spring training. This doesn't disqualify Garrett from winning a spot in the Opening Day rotation, as manager Bryan Price has said he hasn't come too close to eliminating any of the main candidates.
Garrett threw three scoreless innings against the Cubs on Thursday, striking out two while allowing one hit. In his first two spring training outings, Garrett has allowed one earned run over 4.2 innings, striking out four and walking one. He's trying to earn one of two open spots in the Reds' starting rotation.
Garrett allowed one earned run on two hits and two walks, striking out over 1.2 innings in his spring training debut. Garrett had a case of nerves early on, when the Indians did their damage against him. "I didn't know what my nerves would be like today. Going into the game, I was pretty nervous, I'm not going to lie," Garrett said. "I'm all calm now. I got the first one out of the way, and I'm ready to roll." Both of his strikeouts came on sliders, a pitch he's working on this spring.