Friday, January 18, 2013

Highlighting Reds prospects in 2013: Amir Garrett

by: Jon Davis
Staff Writer

#12 Amir Garrett LHP

Next on the list we have Amir Garrett, a prospect who is every bit the definition of that word. Garrett was a two-sport star in high school and ultimately agreed to join the St. John's basketball team prior to being drafted by the Reds in the 22nd round of the 2011 draft. Now, some might say that he is ranked too high here at No. 12, but given the incredibly high ceiling he has, I say he is just right. There have been multiple people that have compared him to Aroldis Chapman. That is probably going a bit far, but Chapman-lite I can see that. To this point he does not have much experience at all having only 20 innings in rookie ball last year, so there is not much we can take from such a small sample size.

Garrett is a very athletic left handed pitcher with a fastball that works in the 92-94 range, but can touch 96 or 97. While his secondary pitches, a curve & change-up, are currently below average they both show a lot promise. At this point in time, he has a lot of developing to do and in order to reach his ceiling he will have to do two things: 1) He will have to develop both of his secondary pitches into at least average offerings. And 2) He will have to work on his control, as a lot of young pitchers do. In 20 innings last year, he walked 13 but also had 18 K's. Garrett is the epitome of the raw high upside prospect.

Given the limited innings he threw last year, I would expect that he begins the year in rookie ball. With all the work he has to do, his estimated arrival is tough to narrow down but we are talking either 2015 or 2016. If he reaches that wealth of potential, he will be well worth the wait.

A look back on the previous prospect posts...
No. 1 - Billy Hamilton
No. 2 - Robert Stephenson 
No. 3 - Tony Cingrani 
No. 4 - Daniel Corcino 
No. 5 - Nick Travieso
No. 6 - Jesse Winker
No. 7 - Tanner Rahier
No. 8 - Kyle Lotzkar
No. 9 - Yorman Rodriguez
No. 10 - Ismael Guillon
No.  11 - Ryan LaMarre

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