The Cincinnati Reds have promoted left handed pitcher Amir Garrett to Triple-A Louisville. He will join the Bats rotation the next time around, after making a start last night for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos.
Amir Garrett got out to a strong start to the 2016 season, posting an ERA of 1.46 in the month of April. He made four starts, spanning 24.2 innings pitched with just four walks and he struck out 25 opposing batters.
Things slowed down a little bit in May, sort of. His ERA on the month was still incredibly low, posting a 2.02 ERA in 35.2 innings pitched. In those six starts though he watched his walk rate climb as he handed out 17 free passes to go along with an impressive 36 strikeouts. In three appearances in June it’s been more of the same. In 16.2 innings he posted a 1.62 ERA with seven walks and 17 strikeouts.
Since April ended his walk rate has spiked up quite a bit, but he’s maintained a very low ERA in that span and his strikeout rate has also stayed very high. In total he’s thrown 77.0 innings for the Blue Wahoos this season, allowing just 51 hits with a 1.75 ERA. His overall walk rate is the best of his career, but in line with the past two seasons. His strikeout rate is easily the best of his career to this point in the season.
The move is a bit earlier than expected with the team usually waiting until after the minor league all-star breaks to make promotions. With Cody Reed joining the big league rotation the Triple-A squad is in need or another starter (or three given how the injuries have taken a toll on the starting in the system).
It’s another step forward for the 24-year-old left handed pitcher who has taken big strides since fully committing himself to being a baseball player (if you’ve been living under a rock, Amir Garrett played college basketball while also pitching for the Reds for the first few seasons of his career). He’s already on the 40-man roster, and with him now finding time in Triple-A he could be a call away from big league action if the team finds themselves in need later on in the 2016 season.