Garrett was the 7th overall pick in 2016, though he didn’t pitch that summer after signing. He was strong through four starts with Class A Greensboro in 2017, succumbing to Tommy John surgery in June of last year. He’s building back mound time this fall during Instructional League, and I caught a quick one-inning look at the lefty.
Garrett’s polished semi-windup pounds the zone with an advanced three-pitch mix. He generated velocity free and easy, working in the 90-to-92 mph range with his heater in this look. The pitch had angle to the lower-third, and Garrett spotted strikes down in the zone to both sides of the plate. His best off-speed pitch is a shapely high-70s curve that could be an above-average pitch. He’s able to land it for a strike and has feel to lengthen the pitch against same-side hitters. Garrett only threw one changeup at 84 mph, but has shown a polished third speed in the past.
Miami’s farm system has improved dramatically in the last year, and getting Garrett back on the field in 2019 only adds to that crop of prospects. Coming back from TJ with only 15.1 pro innings under his belt, it’s tough to pinpoint where he’ll start next season and if he’ll be ready for a full-season assignment. The ingredients are here for a #4 starter, and a full season of health and pro reps will help solidify Garrett’s prospect status.