Baseball full time for Garrett

Reds LHP prospect Amir Garrett informed the organization recently that he would be ending his college basketball career and focusing solely on baseball going forward.

When Garrett was taken by the Reds in the 22nd round of the 2011 Draft, he was also playing basketball for St. John’s University. He transferred to Cal-State Northridge last year to keep playing hoops. Now it’s just baseball from here on out.

“We’re really happy with the end result,” Reds player development director Jeff Graupe told MLB.com on Tuesday. “I’m really proud of how Amir handled himself the whole time. Even when he told us he’s not sure, or going to St. John’s or to Northridge, he was a pro about it.”

Garrett, the Reds’ No. 18 ranked prospect according to MLB.com, is 6-6 with a 3.41 ERA in 23 starts for Class A Dayton this season. In 113 1/3 innings, he has allowed 98 hits and 42 walks with 101 strikeouts. Over his last 12 starts, Garrett has a 2.21 ERA.

“His second half stats are right there with anybody in our system and anybody in Minor League baseball,” Graupe said. “He is developing at a pretty accelerated rate.”

3 Comments

Other good news along these lines is Bandino already promoted to Dayton. For someone just drafted that looks good. However, the article inferred that he would possibly be moved from SS to 3rd which didn’t make sense to me. We need someone coming up at SS who can HIT and field to replace Cozart who is an offensive liability most of the time, which I don’t see getting any better.

Did anyone see a similarity to Frank Robinson last night in the eight inning–You buzz him the next pitch may be a Blast—-Frank did it on many occasions.

Walt

Yes, I did. But to be honest, you buzz to get him off the plate…but you don’t follow up that pitch with any speed FB down the heart against a killer hitter. Anywhere but down the middle; down and away, down and in, up and away, up and tight (again), but never ever over the heart of the plate. The minute he let it go, he knew it was gone; merely a matter of how far.

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