Thursday, Amir Garrett made his second appearance this Spring Training. He gave up one hit and had two strikeouts over three innings. He only need 12 pitches to get out of the first inning and looked dominant. Cincinnati is hoping this is something they can get out of their highly touted prospect. Garrett quit basketball at Saint John’s 6 years ago and has been given nothing but time to become a legitimate starter in the MLB.
Since Garrett began his Reds’ career, Garrett has 25 wins in the minors and has posted a 3.18 career ERA. Last year was his first year where it appeared he could be real contributor to the Reds, having a 2.55 ERA with AAA affiliate Louisville
And with Homer Bailey being out and having no idea if Cody Reed or Robert Stephenson can step up, will Garrett make the rotation? He certainly could given the fact the Reds are trying to work in their young talent. After two abysmal years of poor pitching, Garrett looks to be a nice no. 2 or 3 starter down the road. With the only guarantees in the rotation being Anthony DeSclafani and Brandon Finnegan, Garrett could make the team this year.
However as we know, baseball is a business and if the Reds bring Garrett up in April, they can lose a year of eligibility. So it is very likely they will wait with Garrett and bring him up in May. This may upset some fans, as it did last year with Cody Reed. But for a team that needs to hold on to their young talent as long as possible it makes sense to wait.
The Reds and Garrett will have to be patient. Anyone who follows the Reds know who Garrett is. The same people have put the same expectations they had on Cody Reed on Garrett. If Cincinnati has learned anything from the Cody Reed experience, it’s that good things take time.