Garrett gives up hoops, focused solely on baseball

Garrett gives up hoops, focused solely on baseball

CINCINNATI -- Left-hander Amir Garrett, who is the Reds' 18th-ranked prospect, informed the organization recently that he would be ending his college basketball career and focusing solely on baseball.

When Garrett was taken by the Reds in the 22nd round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, he was also playing basketball for St. John's University and transferred to Cal-State Northridge last year.

Now it's just baseball for Garrett going forward.

"We're really happy with the end result," said player development director Jeff Graupe. "I'm really proud of how Amir handled himself the whole time. Even when he told us he's not sure, or going to St. John's or to Northridge, he was a pro about it."

Garrett is 6-6 with a 3.41 ERA in 23 starts for Class A Dayton this season. In 113 1/3 innings, he has allowed 98 hits and 42 walks with 101 strikeouts. Over his last 12 starts, Garrett has a 2.21 ERA.

"His second-half stats are right there with anybody in our system and anybody in Minor League baseball," Graupe said. "He is developing at a pretty accelerated rate."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.