Amir Garrett

Position: LHP
Born: 05/03/93
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 210
B/T: L/L
Acquired: Drafted in the 22nd round of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft (CIN).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
2016 Season Stats: Went 7-8 with a 2.55 ERA in 25 games between Pensacola (Double-A) and Louisville (Triple-A), striking out 132 in 144 2/3 innings and walking 59 while allowing 99 hits, limiting opposing batters to a .192 average.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Broke camp with the team out of spring training.
MLB Debut Date: 04/07/17

Debut Details
April 7, in a 2-0 win over the Cardinals. The starting pitcher, he earned the win with six innings of two-hit shutout ball , walking two and striking out four. Of 78 pitches thrown, 50 were for strikes. After walking the first batter he faced, Dexter Fowler, he got Aledmys Diaz to line out to right, Matt Carpenter to line out to left and Stephen Piscotty to fly out to right to end the early threat. In the second inning, Jhonny Peralta popped out to first base, Yadier Molina grounded out to second and Randal Grichuk flew out to right field for a 1-2-3 inning. In the third, after Kolten Wong struck out swinging, Garrett gave up his first hit, a single to opposing pitcher Mike Leake, before Fowler and Diaz both flew out. In the fourth, Carpenter grounded out and Piscotty drew a walk but, after Peralta struck out, Piscotty was erased trying to steal second base to end the inning. In the fifth, Molina was caught looking to open the frame, and Grichuk flew out to center before Wong collected just the second and final hit off of Garrett, a single to left. Leake then struck out swinging to end the inning. After the Reds took a 1-0 lead in the top of the sixth to put Garrett in the position of walking away with a victory in his debut, Fowler flew out to left, Diaz grounded out to second and Carpenter grounded out as well to end Garrett's excellent adventure. Reds relievers RHPs Michael Lorenzen and Raisel Iglesias came on with three shutout innings to preserve the gem.

Player Notes
Though he signed with the Reds out of Henderson (Nevada) International High School in 2011, early on Garrett flirted with being a two-sport star early in his college career, playing basketball at St. John's part of the time. But once he gave up hoops, transferred to Cal-State Northridge and concentrated on the diamond, he really took off. In 2016, splitting the season between Pensacola and Louisville, he earned Baseball America's Reds' organization Minor League Player of the Year, as he led the system in ERA and average against. He'd posted a 2.44 ERA in 26 starts at Daytona (High A) in 2015 and a 3.65 ERA in 27 starts at Dayton (Class A) in his first full season in 2014. Armed with a fastball in the low 90s, a slider and a changeup, he's improved his control, command and focus and accordingly has continued to move up the prospect lists right into the Reds' rotation. An outstanding athlete, he's also a dog lover who has been featured with his 8-year-old rescued pit bull Dozer as he rallies against breed-specific legislation (you can visit Dozer's Instagram page under DozerGarrett).