Amir Garrett returned to the MLB Futures Game for a second consecutive year, and the 24 year old lefty flashed his enviable talent in two scoreless innings of work on Sunday night.
The #4 prospect in the Cincinnati Reds system according to MLBPipeline.com threw 31 pitches total, facing the minimum number (six) of World Team hitters in the process. He walked two (both on 3-2 counts with change-ups that just missed the zone), but induced ground-ball double plays to get out of both innings unscathed. His fastball touched 96 mph at its best and sat mostly 92-95 mph, his change-up fell off proverbial cliffs, and he threw his slider quite often ( with it routinely at 83 mph with ample movement).
The former St. John's basketball player and 22nd round pick from the 2011 MLB Draft has been nails across two levels so far in 2016, posting a 1.98 ERA in 16 games between AA Pensacola and AAA Louisville. He can claim to a 1.014 WHIP and 8.5 K/9 in his 95.2 IP, and the trajectory that he's on likely will mean we'll get to see him at the big league level no later than this September. In fact, Reds Director of Player Development Jeff Graupe hinted at just that, telling MLB.com's Mark Sheldon last week that Garrett has progressed "way faster than we even expected him to."
The present for the Cincinnati Red has been a serious frustration, but at least this portion of their future certainly looks bright.