Amir Garrett
Amir Garrett
27-Year-Old PitcherRP
Cincinnati Reds
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The Reds seemed to answer the question whether Garrett was a starter or a reliever last season, though we'll see if new manager David Bell has a different opinion on the matter. If he stays in the bullpen, can Garrett carve out a fantasy-friendly role? While there's some reason to be concerned about Raisel Iglesias, there's no indication that Garrett would be near the top of the pecking order to assume closing duties should Iglesias falter. Naturally, while becoming a full-time reliever his velocity increased significantly, and with that his strikeout rate. But he's still walking batters at a 9.5% rate and giving up 1.14 homers per nine innings. He has two factors working in his favor: he's capable of facing both lefties and righties, and his non-traditional path to full-time baseball gives him a greater probability of improving in his age-27 year. He is a good candidate to acquire holds if your league uses them in any capacity. Read Past Outlooks
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Back from suspension
PCincinnati Reds
August 20, 2019
Garrett has been reinstated after serving his eight-game suspension for his role in a benches-clearing brawl July 30, Deb Carson of FOX Sports Radio reports.
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The Reds will welcome back their top lefty and will once again have a full major-league squad, after they had to play with a 24-man roster while Garrett was suspended. Garrett has increased his slider usage significantly this season (from 33.4 percent to 58.5 percent), to excellent results. He's tied for 16th in the majors with 18 holds.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
14
Last 10 Games
13
Last 5 Games
10
How many pitches does Amir Garrett generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
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11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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121+
 
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11-20
 
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31-40
 
41-50
 
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111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Amir Garrett generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-7%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-9%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-13%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-12%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .232 299 101 34 60 9 1 12
Since 2017vs Right .249 532 111 66 114 28 1 26
2019vs Left .202 114 42 17 19 3 0 2
2019vs Right .221 132 36 18 25 6 0 5
2018vs Left .222 121 41 10 24 5 1 5
2018vs Right .254 143 30 15 32 10 0 3
2017vs Left .298 64 18 7 17 1 0 5
2017vs Right .261 257 45 33 57 12 1 18
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-3%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-27%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-51%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-16%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 5.03 1.42 93.0 5 6 0 9.9 4.5 1.9
Since 2017Away 5.21 1.47 96.2 4 7 0 10.2 4.9 1.7
2019Home 2.73 1.31 29.2 3 2 0 12.1 5.2 1.5
2019Away 3.76 1.52 26.1 2 1 0 13.0 6.2 0.7
2018Home 5.61 1.40 33.2 1 2 0 10.7 3.7 1.6
2018Away 2.76 1.16 29.1 0 0 0 9.5 3.4 0.6
2017Home 6.67 1.55 29.2 1 2 0 6.7 4.9 2.7
2017Away 7.90 1.66 41.0 2 6 0 9.0 5.3 3.1
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Stat Review
How does Amir Garrett compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
2.23
 
K/9
12.5
 
BB/9
5.6
 
HR/9
1.1
 
Fastball
95.3 mph
 
ERA
3.21
 
WHIP
1.41
 
BABIP
.316
 
GB/FB
2.26
 
Left On Base
82.4%
 
Exit Velocity
87.5 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
3.2%
 
Spin Rate
1969 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
33.1%
 
Swinging Strike
16.2%
 
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Jeff Zimmerman eerily predicted Garrett's downfall in a FanGraphs article written on April 20 -- he broke down the video of an earlier start at a time when Garrett had a 1.83 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and had just struck out 12 Orioles in seven innings. He noticed that Garrett's fastball was 2-4 mph slower than previously billed, and deadly straight. He suggested that would come back to haunt him, and sure enough, Garrett's next start against Milwaukee was a 10-run (nine earned) disaster over 3.1 innings. As with other Reds starters, Garrett's fastball turned out to be a huge albatross over the course of the season (-19.7 runs below average, according to FanGraphs), while his slider and changeup generated much better results. Unfortunately, Garrett couldn't correct those issues after getting sent down to Triple-A Louisville, posting a 5.72 ERA and 1.53 WHIP in 67.2 innings there. If Garrett is going to cobble together a big-league career, he needs to fix his fastball.
A 22nd-round pick in 2011, he has put himself on the fast track since deciding to give up his hoop dream and focus on his baseball career. Garrett was fantastic starting out the season at Double-A, earning a promotion to Triple-A for the first time. While he didn't enjoy quite as much success after the call up -- the 25-year-old struggled a bit keeping the ball in the yard and with control/command -- he still posted a respectable 3.46 ERA in 12 appearances (11 starts). With the Reds in rebuilding mode, they can afford to be patient with the lefty, but Cincinnati is heading into spring training with Garrett in mind for the fifth spot in the rotation. A bullpen role is also on the table, although it seems more likely that Garrett would continue his development as a starter in the minors if he were to fail to win a starting job in camp.
Garrett continued to climb prospect charts in 2015 with a strong season at High-A Daytona. The former collegiate basketball player is now exclusively a baseball player, and that decision is bearing fruit. He maintained his 8.5 K/9 despite moving up a level while not walking batters at a higher rate. He'll move to Double-A Pensacola in 2016, where his ability to command his secondary pitches will be put to the test.
After three years of juggling his responsibilities as a pro baseball player and college basketball player, Garrett finally decided in August to give up the hardwood and "marry the game" of baseball. The decision came in the midst of an outstanding second half with Low-A Dayton, during which Garrett posted a 2.86 ERA, .190 BAA and 78:26 K:BB over 14 starts (72.1 innings), a significant improvement over his pre-All-Star break numbers (4.57 ERA, 49:25 K:BB). Standing 6-foot-5, 210 pounds, the athletic Garrett easily generates mid-90s velocity with his fastball, and there's hope that his curveball and changeup can develop more quickly with his focus shifted exclusively to baseball moving forward. The Reds were forced to add the lefty to their 40-man roster in November to protect him from the Rule 5 draft, and it's possible they could take a trial-by-fire approach to Garrett's development in 2015 to find out what he's truly made of.
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Begins serving suspension
PCincinnati Reds
Suspension
August 12, 2019
Garrett will begin serving an eight-game suspension during Monday's series opener in Washington.
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Handed eight-game suspension
PCincinnati Reds
August 1, 2019
Garrett was suspended eight games for his role in Tuesday's benches-clearing incident with the Pirates, Jared Diamond of The Wall Street Journal reports.
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Ejected in wild melee
PCincinnati Reds
July 30, 2019
Garrett was ejected Tuesday night after getting in a benches-clearing fight against the Pirates, charging their dugout from the mound after exchanging words with members of the team, Manny Randhawa of MLB.com reports.
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Earns win in return
PCincinnati Reds
July 21, 2019
Garrett threw a scoreless inning with two strikeouts Saturday, getting the win against the Cardinals.
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Back from injury
PCincinnati Reds
July 20, 2019
Garrett (lat) was activated from the 10-day injured list Saturday, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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