What outfielder Aristides Aquino and starting pitcher Amir Garrett have in common is they were named MLBPipeline.com’s 2016 Reds Player and Pitcher Prospects of the Year.
Garrett is the Reds’ No. 2 prospect and ranked No. 57 overall by MLBPipeline. The 24-year-old began the year at Double-A Pensacola and posted a 5-3 record with a 1.75 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP in 13 games, including 12 starts.
Once moved up to Triple-A Louisville, Garrett was 2-5 with a 3.46 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP in 12 games, including 11 starts. Combined, he worked 144 2/3 innings with 99 hits, 59 walks and 132 strikeouts. He allowed six home runs.
Garrett has been well-regarded for a while. Aquino…not so much:
Aquino, 22, batted .273/.327/.519 with 23 home runs, 79 RBIs, 26 doubles, 12 triples and 11 steals over 125 games at advanced-Class A Daytona in the Florida State League. It was a nice bounceback from 2015, when he did not produce well at Class A Dayton and also endured a fractured forearm. The organization left him unprotected during last winter’s Rule 5 Draft but Aquino was not selected.
MLBPipeline ranked Aquino as the Reds’ No. 21 prospect.
Check out the entire piece for some quotes about these guys from Reds GM Dick Williams and player development director Jeff Graupe.
It still amazes me that Aquino had such an incredible season after he was left unprotected last winter. It will be very interesting to see what he can do at Double-A next year. Garrett, meanwhile, will likely be a member of the Reds rotation at some point in 2017.