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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Amir Garrett's Future May Arrive Sooner Than Projected

Amir Garrett wasn't listed among the 17 candidates mentioned by Bryan Price as possible Major League starters out of spring training.

Price listed the candidates and pointed to Garrett along with Sal Romano and Nick Travieso as "studs" of the future.

Garrett appeared in two games this spring in Goodyear.  He pitched 1 1/3 innings allowing three earned runs but it did not dim his future prospects.

Garrett, who accepted a scholarship to play basketball at St. John's University, was named to the roster of the Future's Game that precedes the All Star game in San Diego.  He was a member of the squad last season in Cincinnati.

After dominating the Southern League at Pensacola with a 5-3 and a stingy 1.75 ERA in 12 starts, Garrett was promoted to Louisville.  In 77 innings in Pensacola, Garrett struck out 78 batters.  He walked 28.  Since his promotion Garrett has made one start pitching 5 2/3 innings allowing three earned runs. He allowed on hit but walked six.

Last night in Louisville, Homer Bailey made a rehab start.  Bailey threw 25 pitches and gave up two home runs on one inning.  Garrett took over and shut out the Bisons for seven innings on four hits
He walked two and struck out five.

The 24-year old, who was taken in the 22nd round in the 2011 draft out of Victorville, California, was 9-7 inw 26 starts for the Daytona Tortugas.  He pitched 141 innings and had a 2.44 ERA.  Garrett struck out 133 and walked 55.

This season Garrett has pitched 89 2/3 innings between Pensacola and Louisville and not allowed a home run.  He gave up four last season.  That's four home runs in 230 2/3 innings.

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