Prospect Watch: Amir Garrett

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Today’s special prospect talk will be on Amir Garrett, who is a southpaw in the Cincinnati Reds farm system. He is currently in Triple-A and is having a fantastic season. He started the season off in Double-A, which he dominated that level with ease by posting a 1.75 ERA in 77 innings.

Now, Garrett’s season stats combined between both levels come out to a 5-4 record with an incredible 1.81 ERA. Opponents have only hit .177 against him, which shows his true dominance. In 15 games, he started 13 games and threw 89.2 innings, while striking out 89 batters. He has not allowed one home run yet, but he has walked 36 batters. His command has been good throughout the season, but it comes back once in a while.

Furthermore, the 24-year-old pitcher pitched in the Futures game last year, but he will be heading back there again, as one of the top dogs for Team USA. Baseball fans attending or watching this game at home should pay close attention on how he attacks hitters with his 90-95 mph fastball, powerful changeup, and slider that is inconsistent right now, but eventually it will turn into a filthy pitch, as seen when he throws it on a consistent level.

Finally, Garrett is very close on reaching the majors, as I have him reaching the show next year whether it is in the bullpen or rotation. He has the pitches, size (6’5″, 210 pounds), and physicality to be a frontline starter that will be able to beat anyone on any given day, but that is only if he becomes more consistent. Lastly, he is MLB’s 61st ranked prospect, Reds’ fourth best prospect, and the seventh best left-handed pitching prospect.

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