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.”
— SwaggyAg (@Amir_Garrett) August 7, 2014
Reds pitcher Homer Bailey is being pushed back from his next start because of elbow stiffness. Instead of pitching Wednesday vs. the Red Sox, Bailey will go Saturday at Colorado.
(Correcting earlier version:) Mike Leake pitches Wednesday against Boston followed by Alfredo Simon and Johnny Cueto vs. the Rockies.
Manager Bryan Price did not believe this was a serious issue for Bailey. It wanted to give him the extra four days as a precaution.
“As much as we would have liked to have given everybody the extra day off, it didn’t make any sense at all to ask Homer to go out there and try to throw through some unusual stiffness in his elbow,” Price said. “We’re pretty optimistic that by Saturday, he’s going to be good to go.”
Manny Randhawa did a nice job filling in for me the last few home games on MLB.com while I took some vacation.
For the off day story today, Manny did a story on the pitching staff and their success this season in pitching out of jams.
Read it here:
*In today’s news, Johnny Cueto was named the NL Player of the Week. Cueto and Aroldis Chapman are the only two Reds to take the honors this season.
I will be back on the case Tuesday for the Red Sox series, followed by the road trip to Colorado and St. Louis.
Talk amongst yourselves, politely, please. Try to keep the venom to a minimum.
The Reds are behind three teams in the NL Central and came out of the All-Star break ice cold. Yet here they are, just 4 1/2 games behind the first-place Brewers with a 56-55 record with 51 games remaining after a 7-3 win over the Marlins. The Reds took three of four in the series, their first series victory after the All-Star break.
Many fans, at least the ones who commented on this blog and on my Twitter feed, weren’t happy the Reds didn’t swing a trade at the deadline on Thursday. Some wanted the team to sell. But at 4 1/2 games out in the division and with the NL Wild Card still very much in play, it’s still too early to count Cincinnati out.
I used this in my game story, but Reds pitcher Mike Leake has definitely been the most vocal in wanting the team to make moves to help. Leake had this to say today.
“We had a chance to take all four, at least we got out of here with three out of of our, that’s always a good job,” Leake said. “It’s much better than coming out of here 2-2. We’re still in this. We’ve still got a chance, if we put ourselves in a good position and Walt [Jocketty] in a good position, I feel like he’ll put his cards in this year. It’s up to the players and up to us whether we want to bear down and make it a good year or if we want to kind of throw it in.”
The team is headed to Cleveland, but I am not. I will be off for about a week. There will be no blog Monday or Tuesday but Manny Randhawa will handle it for the rest of the week.
Roster move: The Reds have claimed infielder Jake Elmore off of waivers from the A’s and RHP Nick Christiani was designated for assignment. Elmore will report to Triple-A Louisville.
Elmore has spent all season at Triple-A Sacramento and was batting .282/.374/.365 with no homers and 18 RBIs in 47 games. During 52 big league games in 2013 with the Astros, he batted .242/.313/.325 with two homers and six RBIs.