Pretty good piece by Michael Baumann over at The Ringer on everyone’s favorite rookie pitcher, Amir Garrett:

As a general rule, it’s not a good idea to get too attached to young pitchers. They flame out, they get hurt, they will disappoint you. But since rules are made to be broken, y’all should know that I irrationally like Amir Garrett.

It’s not that the rookie Reds left-hander is going to win any Cy Young awards down the line; his ceiling is probably somewhere around mid-rotation innings eater. In his first two big league starts — 12.2 innings, two earned runs — Garrett has thrown in the low 90s, and he doesn’t have an unorthodox, eye-popping off-speed pitch, like Jharel Cotton’s demon changeup. If anything, Garrett’s a refreshing change in a day and age when it seems like every top pitching prospect is a 6-foot-4 right-hander out of Dallas with a 97 mph fastball and a bastard slider. There’s a billion of them because they’re grown in test tubes on a farm, and they’re all named Logan.

In fact, much of what I like about Garrett has little to do with his game. For starters, “Amir Garrett” is a really great name; it’s what you’d name the outlaw-with-a-heart-of-gold protagonist in a basic cable space Western.

Read the whole thing; it’s worth your time.

4 Responses

  1. IndyRedMan

    Jimmy Key was another lefty that didn’t throw that hard but had a great career (186 wins, 3.51 era)

  2. IndyRedMan

    Batting averages are down, HRs are up, and pitchers injuries are up. That’s the fallout imo of everyone throwing 94+. I don’t think its really good for the game but I don’t know how they can change it? Its like mens tennis where their serves are so fast and powerful that the rallies have been taken out of the game!

    • Gaffer

      While I see your point, what you see is the “selection” affect. Guys who throw hard get outs and they throw better sliders too, which also gets hitters out. They get promoted.