Garrett, Aquino named Reds Prospects of Year

No. 2 prospect threw well across upper levels; outfielder racked up 61 extra-base hits

Garrett, Aquino named Reds Prospects of Year

CINCINNATI -- One Reds prospect rebounded from an injury-filled season to more than get back on the map. The other showed that he's right around the corner from reaching the Major Leagues.

What outfielder Aristides Aquino and starting pitcher Amir Garrett have in common is they were named MLBPipeline.com's 2016 Reds Player and Pitcher Prospects of the Year.

Garrett is the Reds' No. 2 prospect and ranked No. 57 overall by MLBPipeline. The 24-year-old began the year at Double-A Pensacola and posted a 5-3 record with a 1.75 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP in 13 games, including 12 starts.

Once moved up to Triple-A Louisville, Garrett was 2-5 with a 3.46 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP in 12 games, including 11 starts. Combined, he worked 144 2/3 innings with 99 hits, 59 walks and 132 strikeouts. He allowed six home runs.

"Every time we put a challenge in front of Amir, he finds a way to clear it and clear it very impressively," Reds player development director Jeff Graupe said about Garrett on July 28. "He's improved his strike percentage. He's commanding his fastball and doing everything we've asked him to do."

Garrett could be among candidates to compete for a spot in the big league rotation in 2017 at Spring Training. Even if he doesn't make the team, a strong spring would still leave his Major League debut a possibility at some point next season.

Top Prospects: Aquino, CIN

Aquino, 22, batted .273/.327/.519 with 23 home runs, 79 RBIs, 26 doubles, 12 triples and 11 steals over 125 games at advanced-Class A Daytona in the Florida State League. It was a nice bounceback from 2015, when he did not produce well at Class A Dayton and also endured a fractured forearm. The organization left him unprotected during last winter's Rule 5 Draft but Aquino was not selected.

MLBPipeline ranked Aquino as the Reds' No. 21 prospect.

"Aristides Aquino really, from an offensive standpoint, probably had the most complete season, most impactful season in a league where you typically don't put up huge offensive numbers," Reds general manager Dick Williams said this week. "That was real encouraging to see."

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.