The road back for Reed Garrett

WASHINGTON – Marlin Ikenberry recollects watching Reed Garrett pitch within the Commonwealth Video games of Virginia previous to his senior 12 months at Mills Godwin Excessive close to Richmond.

On the time, Ikenberry was the pinnacle coach at VMI in Lexington, Virginia, and the annual occasion was held in Salem.

“He was an 85 to 87 mile-per-hour right-hander, very athletic,” Ikenberry stated Thursday of Garrett. “He threw loads of strikes; on the time he threw three pitches for strikes. After the Commonwealth Video games, he dedicated fairly shortly to VMI.”

“I used him as a wedge man as a freshman,” added Ikenberry, now the coach at JMU. “He actually developed a second breaking ball; earlier in his profession, he was extra of a fastball-changeup man. He threw the primary no-hitter I used to be part of, in opposition to Lafayette in 2014 in his junior 12 months.”

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After three years at VMI, Garrett was drafted by the Texas Rangers within the sixteenth spherical in 2014.

He made his Main League debut with the Detroit Tigers in 2019 – and three years later he returned to the majors on Tuesday with Washington.

Garrett, 29, made his first look with the Nationals on Tuesday and threw two scoreless innings out of the bullpen within the loss to the Braves.

“He threw strikes,” supervisor Davey Martinez stated of Garrett’s debut with the Nationals.

“They advised me he may get the ball as much as 95-97, threw a pair balls a bit of bit higher than that … he was a bit of amped up, however he was within the strike zone, which was very nice. He’s obtained good motion on his fastball. Slider was a bit of bit totally different than what I noticed in Spring Coaching, a bit of bit more durable, a bit of bit extra chew, so it was a superb two innings for him.”

It was his first look within the majors since 2019 when he pitched in 13 video games as a reliever for the Tigers.

For a part of the previous two seasons, he pitched abroad, in Japan.

In his first 14 video games in The Present, he has solely pitched in a single recreation his crew received. Detroit was 1-12 within the video games he appeared in three seasons in the past.

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Matt LeCroy, the Rochester supervisor, stated Garrett was throwing within the higher 90s with the Pink Wings earlier this 12 months.

“He was within the higher 80s and low 90s when he pitched for us at VMI,” Ikenberry stated. “He’s a type of guys the place I assumed he would develop after school greater than in school.

“I assumed his ceiling was very excessive, along with his improvement. I advised folks that when he was getting drafted.”

Garrett was signed by the Nationals previous to this season. He pitched in 22 video games with Rochester earlier than getting known as to Washington.

His spouse is a former swimmer at JMU, in accordance with Ikenberry. Garrett’s brother performed at Division III Lynchburg, additionally in Virginia.