While the Tigers’ game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday did not go so well, reliever Reed Garrett held up his end of the bargain. Garrett, the Tigers’ Rule 5 draft pick in December 2018, made his MLB debut and worked a scoreless inning against the Blue Jays.
Garrett even notched his first career strikeout, sending Kevin Pillar back to the dugout after he whiffed on this nasty breaking ball.
While Garrett isn’t a highly rated prospect, he certainly has the raw stuff to succeed in an MLB bullpen. His fastball topped out at 96.9 miles per hour, according to The Athletic’s Cody Stavenhagen, and you can see the tight spin on his breaking ball in the video above.
Garrett was a little wild at first, throwing three consecutive balls to start the inning, but settled down after that. He is looking to build upon a strong 2018 season, in which he limited opponents to a 2.04 ERA and struck out 61 hitters in 61 2⁄3 innings across two minor league levels in the Texas Rangers’ farm system.