Reds' No. 4 prospect has 1.81 ERA in 15 Minor League games this year
By Kevin Goheen
Special to MLB.com |
CINCINNATI -- Left-handed pitcher Amir Garrett will be representing the Reds for a second straight year in Major League Baseball's annual SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game. Garrett was the winning pitcher in last year's contest played at Great American Ball Park and will again be among the top prospects throughout baseball when this year's game is held at San Diego's Petco Park on Sunday, July 10.
The rosters for the U.S. and World teams were announced Tuesday afternoon.
"Last year I was nervous, so I know what to expect now for my second time," said Garrett. "I'm going to go out and pitch like I know how and pitch my game this time."
Garrett, 24, is ranked as the Reds' No. 4 prospect by MLB Pipeline, behind outfielder Jesse Winker and fellow starting pitchers Robert Stephenson and Cody Reed, who was promoted to the Reds on June 18 and has made two starts. Garrett was named the organizational Minor League Pitcher of the Year last year after spending the season at Class A Advanced Daytona, where he started 26 games and had a 2.44 ERA in 140 1/3 innings. He was named a Florida State League Postseason All-Star as well as the Florida State League Pitcher of the Year.
Garrett began this season at Double-A Pensacola, going 5-3 with a 1.75 ERA before being promoted to Triple-A Louisville on June 17. He tossed seven shutout innings in relief of Homer Bailey, who was making a rehab assignment start, on Monday night. It was Garrett's second appearance for the Bats. Opponents in Double-A and Triple-A are hitting a combined .177 against Garrett this season.
Reds manager Bryan Price was pleased to hear about Garrett's Futures Game honor. He was even more happy about Garrett's latest outing in Louisville.
"He commanded the ball, and to me that's really important because you're starting to see a guy that isn't just a big, strong physical guy, but he's a guy that's learning how to pitch," said Price. "He's throwing more strikes, he's using his changeup and getting his changeup over the plate. We're starting to see the evolution of a kid that's getting close to being a big leaguer."
Price didn't rule out the possibility that Garrett could be playing in Cincinnati before the end of the 2016 season.
"I would never say never on any of these young guys that are in Double-A or higher," said Price. "They'll tell us when they're ready."
Kevin Goheen is a contributor to MLB.com based in Cincinnati. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.