The Texas Rangers will get a minor league pitcher back after the Detroit Tigers DFA’d Rule 5 pick, Reed Garrett, this weekend.
The Detroit Tigers have returned Rule 5 draft pick Reed Garrett to the Texas Rangers after selecting him as part of the Rule 5 draft back in December. Garrett was designated for assignment this past week and cleared waivers meaning he could return to the Rangers organization.
Garrett has struggled with the Tigers this season throwing just 15.1 innings in his 13 relief appearances. The 26-year-old right-hander has posted an 8.22 ERA this season and an ugly 2.41 WHIP allowing 24 hits and walking 13 while allowing 14 earned runs.
Garrett’s 2018 season is what propelled him into the eyes of those that follow minor league baseball after successful stints with both Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock. Garrett, as a part of the Rangers organization in 2018 made 51 total appearances and posted a stunning 2.04 ERA. Racking up 61 strikeouts in 61.2 innings, Garrett had an impressive 1.200 WHIP in the minors last season. All his success is what prompted the Tigers to take Garrett as part of the Rule 5 draft last season after Texas didn’t add him to the big league roster.
Now that he’s been returned to the Texas Rangers, Garrett will be assigned to Triple-A Nashville according to John Blake of the Rangers. He likely will continue to get opportunities in the bullpen with the Sounds but does represent an intriguing option for the big league club if needed. He’s struggled mostly with pitch location this season and hopefully, some time in the minors can get him back to his 2018 form. If he can right the ship, the Texas Rangers bullpen is in desperate need of help and spots are up for grabs if players perform.
He likely is a long shot to play in Arlington this season considering the documented struggles of 2019, but for a team looking to build from the inside out, adding another arm to your organization is rarely a bad thing. We’ll all be keeping an eye on Garrett to see if he can become a productive player for the club.