Amir Garrett turned heads in his first outing of the spring when he struck out four batters in 2.0 innings last week. It wasn’t the stat line that got the heads turning, though. It was how he got the stat line. The left hander was throwing 95-97 MPH. That’s velocity that he hasn’t touched much in his career, much less sat at.
Earlier today while taking on the San Francisco Giants, Amir Garrett made his second appearance of the spring and it was even better. The lefty threw 3.0 hitless innings. The only batter that reached base did so thanks to an error in his third inning of work. Oh yeah, Garrett also struck out six batters and retired the other three via a ground ball.
The second game was just the continuation of the dominance that the 25-year-old lefty started last week. If there’s a pitcher with a better stat line this spring anywhere in the Major Leagues, kudos to that guy. Amir Garrett has thrown 5.0 innings and allowed no hits, and no walks. He hasn’t allowed a run, earned or otherwise. And he’s struck out 10 batters.
If there was ever a guy trying to kick down the door, kick through the wall, jump through the fire – whatever you want to do – it seems that it’s Amir Garrett early on this spring. He’s been next level kind of good. On Friday afternoon he was throwing 94-98 MPH with his fastball according to a source I spoke with that is in Arizona. Read that again, I’ll wait.
Back with me now? Good. The hip injury seems to be behind the left handed pitcher and he looks like a different pitcher. He’s throwing significantly harder than he’s ever thrown before. And while it’s early, the results are incredible. After not being mentioned by manager Bryan Price as being in the competition for the rotation to start the spring, it would seem that if nothing else he’s earned a chance to be placed on that list with his quick start and newfound health that’s led to crisper, and harder stuff.