Hey guys, I took a run over to 1st National Bank field in Greensboro for the weekend to watch the Grasshoppers (Marlins) take on the Delmarva Shorebirds (Orioles). I haven’t been to a game here since 2014, it’s a beautiful park. And still the only stadium I know that has a bat dog. I set up this trip weeks ago, so it was nothing more than good fortune that I was able to catch high profile lefty Braxton Garrett last night. Also young Aussie Alex Wells is throwing for Delmarva today and I’ve been waiting to see him as well. Expect a write up.
Garrett, age 19, is listed at 6’3″ 190 lbs, bats and throws left. He was drafted 7th overall in the 2016 draft by the Marlins out of high school in Florence, AL.
Garrett is long and lean, I guessed on the field he was 6’3″ 185 lbs, there is plenty of projection left. He stands on the 1st base side of the rubber and utilizes a 3/4 release point. He gets to a decent plane on his release. He has a low effort, repeatable delivery and clean arm action.
The fastball sat 90-93 (94) early and was coming downhill. By his 4th and final inning he was sitting 89-91. He also threw a couple of pitches at 87-88 that seemed to have cutting action. 55
The fastball command was a little shaky, early on Garrett wasn’t consistently finishing and left a few at the belt. Also glove side he was consistently missing in and had a hard time keeping the pitch off of RHH thumbs.
The 11/5 curve sat 73-76 and flashed plus often, it showed nice shape and very good bite and generated quite a few awkward swings. He has a lot of confidence in the pitch and throws it in any count. 55/60
The change up sat 80-82 and showed some sink. He did a nice job selling the pitch. 50
Sequencing-. Garrett worked off of the fastball all night. 80% early but he threw more secondaries as the night wore on. By the 4th I would say 65% with 20% curve and 15% change up.
Conclusion:. I enjoyed watching Garrett work, he keeps a crisp pace. He has a nice 3 pitch mix and the curve ball looks to be a weapon. He has plenty of time to work on fastball command and I’m not too worried about the drop in velocity. He’s still a teenager, he’ll get stronger. He’s a mid rotation starter for me right now. He’s a prep arm, so the risk is high. The time table is probably a level a year if for no other reason than he has to build innings. He could be knocking on the door in mid 2019 from double-A.
Here we get several good looks at Garrett’s delivery, release and arm action courtesy of Baseball America: