The attention has been heavy on Reds’ left-handed pitching prospect Amir Garrett in 2016. That was even before playing in front of a national audience with some of the best prospects in the game.
Garrett entered Sunday night’s Future’s Game in San Diego in the second inning and was as advertised.
He walked a hitter in each inning, but responded to induce a ground ball double play in each inning to still face the minimum. The stuff was electric and he did not allow solid contact in his work.
Garrett mixed in each of his three pitches – fastball, slider, and change up. He tossed 31 pitches in the frames for 19 strikes. The fastball was sitting mostly in the mid-90s, but he also touched 96 on a pair of occasions.
For the second straight season, Garrett was in line to get the win for the U.S. team in the game. However, unlike last year’s game at Great American Ball Park, Garrett’s bid at earning the win was spoiled when the World team tied the game late on a Yoan Moncada go-ahead eighth inning two-run home run off Anthony Banda.
Away from the All-Star festivities, 2016 has been kind to Garrett, who posted a 1.75 ERA in 13 Double-A appearances before earning a promotion to Louisville. Since the call-up, Garrett has a 2.89 ERA in three Triple-A games.
With all of the pitching prospects in the organization, Garrett appears to have the most upside. While a Cincinnati promotion this season looked like a reach at the beginning of the year, Garrett has certainly made it much more probable with his play.