Amir Garrett resides in Las Vegas, Nev., during the offseason...he has 10 siblings...Graduated from Findlay Prep High School (Nev.)...Played basketball at St. John’s University, where as a sophomore he helped lead the Red Storm to the second round of the National Invitation Tournament...transferred to Cal State-Northridge in 2013...Participated in MLB’s Rookie Development Program in 2017.
Pitched for the Cincinnati Reds, leading the pitching staff with 63 appearances and 47.2 innings pitched in relief...struck out 61 batters for an 11.5 K/9 rate...Recorded a career-high seven saves, one shy of the team leaders Heath Hembree and Mychal Givens...Strung together a career-long 12-game scoreless streak from June 19-July 11 (8.1 IP, 14 strikeouts, .172 opponents’ batting average, 3 saves)...Recorded a save on June 22 at Minnesota, marking his 200th Major League appearance...Was placed on the Paternity List on July 23 for the birth of his daughter, Koa Mae, and returned on July 26...pitched in 22 games after returning, posting a 4.76 ERA (9 ER in 17.0 IP)...Stranded 14 of his 22 inherited runners on the season (63.6%).
Received the Joe Nuxhall Good Guy Award in voting of the local chapter of the BBWAA...During the regular season, lefthanded batters went 1-for-23 (.043, 5bb, 12k) and righthanded batters went 9-for-39 (.231, 4hr, 2bb, 14k)...Twice allowed a season-high 2 earned runs (0.2ip on 8/11 vs KC, 1ip on 9/12 at KC)...his season ERA in his other 19 apps was 0.54 (16.2ip, 1er)...During the regular season retired 52 of his 69 batters faced (10h, 7bb, 26k)...Allowed just 10 hits during the regular season, including HR to Chi's Javier Báez, KC's Ryan McBroom, StL's Paul Goldschmidt and StL's Harrison Bader...allowed just one hit to a lefthanded batter, a single to Kolten Wong on 9/12 at StL...Six times pitched on consecutive days, tied with Raisel Iglesias for the most on the staff...only once in his career pitched three straight days (7/2-7/4, 2018 vs WSox)...Three times pitched more than 1.0 inning, all four-out stints (7/28 vs Cubs, 8/28 vs Cubs, 9/5 at Pit)...During the regular season retired the first batter in 18 of his 21 apps, including 18 of his first 19 but neither of his last two...stranded seven of 10 inherited runners, including 3 inherited runners in the sixth inning of the 6-2 win on 9/5 at Pit...In the 4-1 win on 9/15 vs Pit recorded the only save of his professional career...was his 154th Major League relief appearance...From 8/12-9/6 produced an eight-game scoreless streak (7.2ip, 2h, 1bb, 11k, .087oba), tied for the longest scoreless streak of his career by game...was his longest scoreless stretch of the season by innings pitched...From 8/20-9/12 went a season-high eight apps between walks (7.2ip, 12k)...Pitched in Game 1 of the Wild Card Series at Atl...replaced Archie Bradley in the bottom of the 13th inning with one out, two runners on base and the score tied at 0-0...allowed Freddie Freeman's game-ending RBI single...was just the second hit he allowed to a lefthanded batter all season...was the longest 1-0 game in Postseason history.
Established career bests in wins, ERA, apps and strikeouts...Retired the first batter in 55 of his 69 apps and stranded 28 of 41 inherited runners...The Reds went 37-32 (.536) in games in which he pitched...13 times pitched on consecutive days...once in his career pitched on 3 straight days (7/2-7/4, 2018 vs WSox)...12 times threw more than 1.0 inning and once threw a season-high 2.0 innings (4/24 vs Atl)...Produced a pair of season-high 8-game scoreless streaks that tied his career high (5/5-5/21, 6/1-6/17)...Was ejected 3 times and served an 8-game suspension from 8/12-8/19...In the fourth inning of the 7-5 loss on 4/7 at Pit was ejected after a bench-clearing incident that began after Pirates starter Chris Archer threw a pitch behind Derek Dietrich, who hit a 436-foot HR earlier in the game...manager David Bell, teammate RF Yasiel Puig and Pit's RHP Keone Kela and LHP Felipe Vázquez also were ejected...Bell (1g), Puig (2g) and Archer (5g), who was not ejected, were suspended...Posted a 5.40 ERA in his last 17 apps of the season beginning 8/20, when he returned from an 8-game suspension for his role in a bench-clearing incident in the top of the ninth inning on 7/30 vs Pit...was 1 of 6 players ejected after that incident, was 1 of 9 ejected over the course of that game and was 1 of 8 suspended for his actions...in his absence, the Reds went 2-6 and posted a bullpen ERA of 4.30...From 6/21-7/20 produced a career-high 7 straight hitless apps (6.2ip, 6bb, 12k)...On 8/27 at Mia was ejected for the third time, by HP umpire Ryan Blakney for arguing balls and strikes...Made his 100th Major League appearance in the 6-5 loss on 5/12 vs SF and retired all 4 batters over the eighth and ninth innings...From 7/4-7/19 was on the 10-day injured list with a left lat strain.
In his first professional season as a reliever produced a 4.29 ERA in 66 apps...entered the season with 6 relief apps in 130 professional games...tied Raisel Iglesias for second-most apps on the pitching staff, behind Jared Hughes' team-high 72 apps...13 times threw more than 1.0 inning, 5 times threw at least 2.0 innings and on 5/15 at SF threw a season-high 2.2 innings...the Reds went 35-31 in games in which he pitched... from 8/29-9/9 missed 12 games while disabled with a bone bruse in his left foot...when disabled, was leading the staff with a career-high 58 apps...stranded 36 of 44 inherited runners, third-best percentage on the staff (82%)...3 times threw on consecutive days...from 7/2-7/4 vs WSox pitched 3 straight days for the first time in his career...posted ERAs of 1.35 in his first 21 apps and 2.40 through his first 36 apps...began the season with a career-high 8 scoreless apps (9.2ip, 7h, 1bb, 11k) and a season-high 11.2 scoreless innings (9g)... both streaks were broken on 4/24 vs Atl in what to that point was the longest relief appearance of his career (2.1ip, 3er)...in the 5-3 loss on 5/15 at SF, entered the game in the fourth inning for starter Tyler Mahle and in the longest relief appearance of his career allowed just 2 singles over 2.2 scoreless innings (4k)...struck out the side in the sixth inning.
In his Major League debut, during 3 stints with the Reds made his first 14 apps as a starter (3-8, 7.49) and his last 2 apps in relief...his 6 quality starts ranked fifth on the staff (Scott Feldman 9, Luis Castillo 8, Homer Bailey 7, Tim Adleman 7)...as 1 of 7 rookies on the Opening Day Roster, started the Reds' fourth game of the season and went 3-2, 4.25 with 5 quality apps in 6 starts before he was optioned to Louisville on 5/7 preceding scheduled team off days on 5/10 and 5/15...made 1 start for the Bats, on 5/12 vs Charlotte in which he retired all 6 batters by strikeout (29 pitches, 20 strikes), before he returned to the Reds for starts on 5/18 at Cubs and 5/23 vs Cle... went 0-1, 13.00 (9ip, 13er) in those 2 starts before he was disabled with right hip inflammation...in his second stint with the Reds, from 5/18-6/20 went 0-4, 12.49 in a 6-start stretch interrupted by the stint on the 10-day disabled list (5/25-6/3)...after he came off the DL went 0-3, 12.15 in 4 starts until he was optioned back to Louisville on 6/23, when RHP Luis Castillo was promoted to start that night's game at Wsh...after that 6/23 option, spent the rest of the minor league season with the Bats until he was promoted again on 9/5...after his September callup made 2 starts (9ip, 8er) before finishing the season with 2 relief apps...began his Major League career with 12 scoreless innings over his first 2 starts before allowing a 2-run HR to David Freese in the seventh inning on 4/12 at Pit...Garrett's 12-inning scoreless streak tied Billy Rhines (1890) for secondlongest to begin a Reds career...in 1970, Wayne Simpson began his Reds career with 15 scoreless innings... in his 2-0 win on 4/7 at StL (6ip, 2h, 2bb, 4k) became only the fourth Reds pitcher since 1900 to throw at least 6.0 scoreless innings in his Major League debut, joining Bob Spade (9ip vs NYG on 9/22/1907), Chief Johnson (7ip vs StL on 4/16/1913) and Wayne Simpson (9ip vs LA on 5/9/1970)...in that 4/7 debut recorded his first career strikeout (Kolten Wong) while becoming the first Reds pitcher to beat the Cardinals in his first career appearance since Keith Brown on 8/25/1988...his 12 strikeouts in the 2-0 loss on 4/19 vs Bal tied the modern franchise record for strikeouts in a game by a rookie lefthanded pitcher (Dennys Reyes, 8/20/1998 at Pit)...the staff's 16 strikeouts that night vs the Orioles fell 1 shy of the modern single-game club record for 9 innings...RHP Gary Nolan still holds the modern club record for strikeouts in a game by a rookie (15, 6/7/1967 vs SF)...on 5/23 vs Cle, in his eighth start, produced an RBI-double off Carlos Carrasco for his first career hit and RBI...on 6/9 at LAD left after 6 batters when he was hit on the left hand by an Austin Barnes line drive...x-rays were negative, and he didn't miss a start...became the first player from the Reds' Class A Daytona franchise to appear in a Major League game...entered the season rated by Baseball America the organization's third-best prospect and by MLBPipeline.com the 66th-best prospect in baseball.
In his first action above Class A, for the second straight season was the organization's Minor League Pitcher of the Year and for the third straight year was an MiLB.com Organization All-Star...also was a midseason Southern League All-Star...at Class AA Pensacola and Class AAA Louisville, in 23 starts and 2 relief apps combined to finish 7-8, 2.55 with 132 strikeouts and just 99 hits allowed in 144.2 innings...led all Reds minor league pitchers in ERA and ranked fourth in strikeouts (132)...began the season at Pensacola...when he was promoted to Louisville on 6/17 was leading all Class AA and Class AAA pitchers in opponents' batting average (.184)...for the second straight season pitched for Team USA in the mid-summer SiriusXM Radio All-Star Futures Game...in the 11-3 loss at SD's Petco Park, threw hitless second and third innings but was denied the win when the World Team took the lead in the eighth inning and then scored 7 runs in the ninth... following the season was rated by MLB.com the second-best prospect in the organization and by Baseball America both the 16th-best prospect in the International League and 11th-best Southern League prospect... entered the season rated by Baseball America the organization's best athlete and third-best prospect overall.
Following a full season at Class A Daytona was the organization's Minor League Pitcher of the Year, the Florida State League's Co-Pitcher of the Year and the Reds' Pitching Prospect of the Year as named by MLB Pipeline...shared the FSL's Pitcher of the Year Award with Charlotte's Jacob Faria...among all Reds minor leaguers ranked second in ERA and fourth in strikeouts...ranked among the FSL leaders in ERA (2nd), strikeouts (2nd), starts (T3rd), opponents' BA (.230, 3rd), WHIP (1.123, 5th) and wins (T5th)... among FSL starting pitchers ranked first in strikeouts per 9ip (8.53) and fourth in fewest baserunners per 9ip (11.29)...in his 13 starts after the All-Star break went 7-2, 1.79 while holding opponents to a .216ba...in a 3-0 win over Clearwater in the opening round of the FSL playoffs allowed just 1 single over 7.0 scoreless innings while producing a career-high 12 strikeouts without a walk...gave up a 2-out single in the seventh inning to Rhys Hoskins...was the winning pitcher for the U.S. team in the SiriusXM Radio All-Star Futures Game... was a non-roster invitee to Major League spring training camp.
Spent the season at Class A Dayton, where among all Reds minor leaguers he ranked seventh in ERA (3.65) and fifth in strikeouts (127)...led the Midwest League in shutouts (2) while ranking T1st in complete games (2) and T3rd in starts (27)...was the organization's Pitcher of the Month for June (5gs, 2-0, 2.70, 1sho, 26.2ip, 19h, 4bb, 24k)...on 11/20 was added to the 40-man roster.
Entered the season rated by MLB.com the organization's 15th-best prospect.