Every fifth game, a 6'5", 228 pounds lefty steps on to the pitching mound for the Cincinnati Reds. Once he steps on to the mound, every single fan opens their eyes. The fans are about to witness one of the best pitching prospects in the league. He is one of the reasons why the Reds have had much success to begin the season, leading the team to a 9-6 record, with sole possession of the National League Central Division. His name is Amir Garrett.
So, who really is Amir Garrett? Garrett, 24, is ranked as the 32nd best prospect in the league. His alma matter is from Saint Johns, where he was a four-star basketball recruit. He did play basketball for two seasons. After basketball season would be over, he would play for the Reds in their Rookie League team in Arizona. He was drafted by the Reds in the 22nd round of the 2011 First Year Player Draft.
In 2015, Garrett really caught the eye of many major league scouts and the Cincinnati Reds organization. While playing for the Daytona Tortugas of the High A Florida State League, Garrett was dealing in 26 starts. He proved he was a top pitching prospect, when he closed the season with a 2.44 ERA, while pitching 140.1 innings, and striking out 133 batters. He was sure hard to hit in High A, as he only allowed 117 hits and was named the Most Valuable Pitcher of the Florida State League.
In 2016, Garrett played extremely well in Double A, and earned a promotion to Triple A midway through the season. He sure impressed in Double A, owning a record of 5-3, with an ERA of 1.75 in 12 starts. His hard worked payed off. He was called up to the next level, where he pitched solidly, facing some of the toughest prospects of minor league baseball. In 11 starts, he had an ERA of 3.46, and a record of 2-5.
A year later in 2017, he heard the biggest news of his life. He had made the 25-man roster, and a spot on the opening day roster. He made his major league debut on April 7th in Saint Louis. The Cardinals have some of the best hitters in league. That did not bother Amir. He threw six innings of shutout ball, allowing just two hits, two walks, and striking out four. He earned his first career win.
Five days later, he pitched against the Pirates, in Pittsburgh. Pitching against Andrew McCutchen and company did not alarm him. He pitched 6.2 innings, allowing five hits and two runs, striking out five, while walking none. He earned his second career win.
Last night, April 19th, Garrett made his Great American Ballpark debut. He sure impressed once again. This time he was facing Chris Davis and the Baltimore Orioles. He dominated in seven innings, striking out 12, and allowing only one walk. Unfortunately, Ubaldo Jimenez out pitched Garrett, giving Garrett his first big league loss.
Garrett, has sure played extremely well, leaving many fans optimistic for the future.
On Tuesday, the Milwaukee Brewers lost second baseman Scooter Gennett to their rival, the Cincinnati Reds, as they claimed him off waivers. C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reported the transaction first.
Gennett, 26, was drafted in the first year player draft in 2009 out of Sarasota High School in the 16th round by the Brewers. Gennett was born in Cincinnati and now he is going home to play for the Reds.
The four season veteran, has a solid slash line of .279/.318/.420 with 35 career HRs and 160 RBIs with the Brewers. Since making his debut with the Brewers in June of 2013, the lefty hitter has become an instant starter for Milwaukee. Gennett has potential to become an all-star caliber player and the Reds believe he can reach his potential.
With Brewers' top prospect Orlando Arcia reaching the majors and taking over shortstop, Johnathan Villar is expected to move over to second base. Gennett may have trouble receiving playing time in Cincinnati, as the starting infield seem to have their positions locked in. It appears Gennett will have to ride the bench.
Gennett will be playing under a $2.53 million contract this season and he is arbitration eligible in 2018. He is set to become a free agent in 2020.