Amir Garrett
Amir Garrett
26-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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Dominant early on
PCincinnati Reds
April 11, 2019
Garrett is 1-0 with a 0.71 WHIP and 8:1 K:BB in 5.2 scoreless innings so far this season (six appearances).
It's early, but the lefty has been impressive for Cincinnati. His fastball velocity is down slightly from his 2018 average, but he's throwing his slider with more oomph, and the result has been more swinging strikes (18.1 percent). He's also showing improved control after posting a BB/9 north of 3.5 last year. Garrett is becoming one of the top weapons in the Reds' bullpen and could even find his way into occasional saves, with new manager David Bell not using Raisel Iglesias strictly in the traditional closer role.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .249 198 63 17 44 6 1 11
Since 2017vs Right .251 420 83 50 91 23 1 21
2019vs Left .250 13 4 0 3 0 0 1
2019vs Right .111 20 8 2 2 1 0 0
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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Since 2017
ERA on Road
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Since 2017Home 5.77 1.44 68.2 3 5 0 9.3 4.2 2.1
Since 2017Away 5.50 1.40 73.2 2 6 0 9.2 4.3 2.0
2019Home 1.69 1.13 5.1 1 1 0 15.2 3.4 1.7
2019Away 0.00 0.30 3.1 0 0 0 8.1 0.0 0.0
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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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.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Corrective eyewear
PCincinnati Reds
March 12, 2019
Garrett is wearing glasses in the clubhouse and contacts during games for the first time in his career, Mark Sheldon of reports. "My eyes aren't that bad, but I can definitely tell the difference when I have them on," Garrett said. "I've got contacts and glasses. The contacts, I wear for the game. The glasses I wear off the field."
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Activated from disabled list
PCincinnati Reds
September 10, 2018
Garrett (foot) returned from the disabled list Monday.
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Nearing return from DL
PCincinnati Reds
September 9, 2018
Garrett (foot) threw 25 pitches with a hitter standing in the batter's box Sunday, Mark Sheldon of reports.
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Put on DL with bone bruise
PCincinnati Reds
August 29, 2018
Garrett was placed on the 10-day disabled list due to a left foot bone bruise.
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Has worst outing of season
PCincinnati Reds
August 13, 2018
Garrett gave up four runs on four hits and a walk while retiring just two batters in Monday's loss to the Indians.
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