Amir Garrett has been on some big stages before. He’s pitched in two Futures Games, including one in front of the home crowd in Cincinnati. On Friday night, though, it was the biggest stage for him thus far. The left hander made his Major League debut in St. Louis against the Cardinals and he handled the spot about as well as one could.

The 24-year-old Amir Garrett was dominant against the Cardinals. He walked the first batter of the game, perhaps a little bit hyped up given the situation. After walking Dexter Fowler he settled in and controlled the St. Louis lineup top-to-bottom over the next 6.0 innings. The lefty allowed just two hits, and he’d walk one more batter along the way in 6.0 shutout innings to go with four strikeouts. He needed just 78 total pitches to get through his start. Garrett needed 11 pitches of less in three different innings and had 16, 17 and 17 pitches in the other three innings.

Holding onto a 1-0 lead at the time, supplied by a Joey Votto double in the top of the 6th, Bryan Price went to the bullpen for the 7th inning. They came through as they completed the shutout as Amir Garrett picked up his first career win in his debut.

What was the stuff like?

According to BrooksBaseball.net here’s how Amir Garrett’s pitches broke down in his debut:

AvgVelo TopVelo Usage K%
Fastball 90.9 93.1 64% 64%
Slider 79.3 81.2 19% 67%
Change 80.2 81.6 17% 61%

In the game he had six swings and misses and they all came on offspeed offerings. The Cardinals swung through two change ups and four sliders. They didn’t swing through any of the fastballs and put 12 of them in play. Both hits against Garrett came on the fastball.

The fastball velocity was a tad lower than expected, but compared to the limited data we’ve got from previous outings, he was getting more movement on Friday night than in the past on both the fastball and change up. The change up has been a real development for Garrett over the past 12 months. When he’s confident in throwing the pitch it’s been a real weapon for him, and it’s gotten significantly better in that time.

For Amir Garrett, as I wrote last week, it’s going to be about finding consistency. On Friday night he absolutely had it and in the biggest stage of his career. Time will tell if he can repeat it, but the results in his debut were outstanding.

9 Responses

  1. The Duke

    That he dominated the Cardinals in their stadium was icing in the cake. I would guess he was throwing a lot of 2 seam fastballs with an average velo just under 91.

    • Simon Cowell

      Amen brother. Any win against the Cardinals in their own stadium is our World Series. In their face domination. I love it.

  2. TnTDad

    Don’t let the velocity fool you, picture this, if he let the ball go sooner and not use all his height the ball would have time to reach its top velocity so his fast ball at 91 to 93 looks the same as someone who throws 93 to 96 and when it comes to pitching the name of the game is to keep the batter off balance.

    • Doug Gray

      That’s not necessarily true. We used to think that, but since we’ve been able to do more in depth tracking and testing we’ve found that it’s not true. What we have found out though, is that pitches with more RPM’s are ones that “appear” to get on you faster than ones that have slow RPM’s on them, even if both are the same velocity. In regards to Amir, I don’t have that data right now, so I can’t say much about where he falls on that spectrum just yet.

      But, it doesn’t really matter. We all know he throws harder than he did last night, and we’ll see that. Last night what mattered is that he was getting guys out. All night long. He was throwing plenty hard enough. He was throwing strikes to everyone. He was keeping guys guessing. That’ll work almost every time out.

      • Simon Cowell

        Agreed. There is no metric nor ever will be for deception. Amir is just about as sneaky as they come. I am not so sure it is just his height. A direct view from home plate and you cannot see the ball until it is busting across the plate so batters have only one chance for guess at location. When his velocity upticks, I think he will be nasty. Downright unhittable because the batter cannot adjust.

  3. KyWilson1

    I watched his whole outing. Very impressive mound presences. He stays calm, delivery stayed compact, the change up looked good. I love his pace, like mark buehrle, just grab it and go.

    Also, watching Vandy v South Carolina right now. The Hill kid from SC has been impressive on the mound. He has dominated Kendall with nothing but fastballs at 90-93……. 2 SO’s and a pop up bunt so far. Not impressed with him at all.

  4. BBFAN

    Amir Garrett!!! I don’t need to say anything else.

  5. Krozley

    Another outing like that and it will make it hard to send him to Louisville for a few weeks to snag the extra year of control.

    • Colt Holt

      Just bear in mind, Arroyo doesn’t have any options. Depth has value and eventually disco and Bailey could come back. Any argument against keeping Arroyo around long enough to add to our control of Garrett and davis?