A pair of Reds 2011 draft picks -- ninth-rounder Cole Green of Texas and 22nd-rounder Amir Garrett of Findlay Prep -- made news this week.
Garrett, the Nevada left-hander with an electric arm and a $1 million signing bonus, was to play basketball at St. John's and baseball with the Reds. Now, he might have only baseball as an option. Garrett and fellow Red Storm recruits Jakarr Sampson and Norvel Pelle havel been declared ineligible by the NCAA, according to CBS Sports, among other sources. St. John's hopes to get all three through the NCAA Clearinghouse in time for the second semester, but that could be a challenge.
Garrett's bonus was spread over five years because of his legitimate two-sport eligibility. That won't be impacted by his ineligibility on the hardwood. Garrett was considered one of the top 80 high school basketball players in the nation last season. His high school didn't offer baseball, admittedly his first love, but he was impressive in workouts for scouts, displaying a high-90s fastball and promising breaking pitches.
Green went 4-1 with a 4.11 ERA this year, mostly at Billings. Baseball America reported he tested positive for Methylhexaneamine, a dietary supplement that is a stimulant. Green projects as a back-of-the-rotation starter or middle reliever. He will sit out 50 games next season.