Amir Garrett
Amir Garrett
28-Year-Old PitcherRP
Cincinnati Reds
2021 Fantasy Outlook
With Raisel Iglesias traded to the Angels, the Reds will really be counting on AG, potentially to fill the closer role. Garrett has said that he is intent on taking the job, and the skills support the idea he could be a quality major-league closer. The 6-foot-5 lefty has made the slider his primary pitch the past two seasons, throwing it roughly 56% of the time compared to 44% four-seamers, and the result has been a big uptick in swinging strikes and overall strikeout rate (career-high 37.7 K% in 2020). Among 173 qualifying relievers in 2020, Garrett's 18.1 SwStr% ranked ninth. He also shaved four percentage points off his BB%. All four homers he served up were to right-handed hitters and he had some homer problems against righties in 2019 as well (1.50 HR/9); those issues could prevent him from getting the full-time role, but he seems to have the mindset. As far as a floor, 8-to-10 saves seems reasonable. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
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$Signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Reds in January of 2021.
Notches second save
PCincinnati Reds
April 9, 2021
Garrett walked two over one scoreless inning to pick up the save against Arizona on Friday.
ANALYSIS
Garrett came on in the 10th inning and navigated around a pair of walks to pick up his second save of the season. One of the walks was intentional, so the right-hander's control wasn't as off as a quick glance at the box score might suggest. The outing was certainly an improvement over his previous two appearances, during which Garrett yielded a combined five runs and five hits over two innings.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
17
Last 10 Games
17
Last 5 Games
17
How many pitches does Amir Garrett generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-24%
BAA vs LHP
2021
 
 
-43%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-77%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-9%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .180 149 54 24 22 3 0 2
Since 2019vs Right .236 184 52 22 38 7 0 11
2021vs Left .286 9 1 2 2 0 0 0
2021vs Right .500 12 2 2 5 1 0 2
2020vs Left .048 26 11 5 1 0 0 0
2020vs Right .211 40 14 2 8 0 0 4
2019vs Left .202 114 42 17 19 3 0 2
2019vs Right .221 132 36 18 25 6 0 5
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-8%
ERA on Road
2021
 
 
-100%
ERA on Road
2020
 
 
-17%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-27%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 3.59 1.38 42.2 3 2 2 11.6 5.3 1.9
Since 2019Away 3.31 1.33 35.1 3 1 1 13.0 5.3 1.0
2021Home 15.00 3.00 3.0 0 0 1 9.0 6.0 6.0
2021Away 0.00 2.00 1.0 0 0 1 0.0 18.0 0.0
2020Home 2.70 1.10 10.0 0 0 1 10.8 5.4 1.8
2020Away 2.25 0.63 8.0 1 0 0 14.6 1.1 2.3
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
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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
0.75
 
K/9
9.0
 
BB/9
12.0
 
HR/9
6.0
 
Fastball
95.0 mph
 
ERA
15.00
 
WHIP
3.00
 
BABIP
.355
 
GB/FB
1.67
 
Left On Base
64.5%
 
Exit Velocity
80.4 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
6.3%
 
Spin Rate
1913 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
18.8%
 
Swinging Strike
14.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Garrett's 2019 season will be best remembered for the brawl with Pittsburgh, when Garrett charged the dugout and tried to take on the entire Pirates team. Needless to say, Garrett endeared himself to his fellow Redlegs with his bold defense of a teammate. The big southpaw has also endeared himself to fantasy players in leagues counting holds, racking up at least 21 in each of the past two seasons while blowing a combined five leads during that time. He tweaked his pitch mix in 2019, adding more sliders, actually making that his primary pitch. The result was an uptick in strikeouts (31.7%) but also a big dip in Zone% and a corresponding jump in walks (14.2%) and WHIP. His splits were more pronounced in 2019 and that could work against him closing if something were to happen to Raisel Iglesias, but Garrett would likely be on the short list for opportunities as the top lefty in the Reds' bullpen.
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.
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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Struggles with fastball
PCincinnati Reds
April 7, 2021
Garrett gave up a grand slam in the ninth inning of Wednesday's 11-4 win over the Pirates, failing to record even a strike with any of the five fastballs that he threw, giving up three hits and two balls. He ultimately struck two batters out with sliders to end the game.
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Records rocky save
PCincinnati Reds
April 5, 2021
Garrett got the save in his first outing of the season Monday against the Pirates, despite allowing a solo homer to Bryan Reynolds and a subsequent single and walk, striking out one.
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Opening season as co-closer
PCincinnati Reds
March 27, 2021
Garrett will be considered a closer alongside Lucas Sims early in the season, but the Reds won't open the year with a dedicated closer, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
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Generating whiffs with slider
PCincinnati Reds
March 23, 2021
Garrett (forearm) struck out the side in Tuesday's spring training against the Padres, hitting 95 mph with his fastball and generating six whiffs against seven swings on his slider, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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Strikes out side
PCincinnati Reds
March 21, 2021
Garrett (forearm) struck out the side Saturday against the Brewers in a "B" game and afterward stated that he thinks he'll be ready for Opening Day, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.
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