The annual Rule 5 Draft takes place this Thursday morning at 11 am CT. The Kansas City Royals hold the 2nd pick of the draft, just like they will during the amateur draft next June. With that being said, we’ll be doing as much Rule 5 coverage as possible this week here at Royals Farm. For your first stop, here’s a look at a guy that I think the Royals will potentially be looking at if he’s available at #2.
Here are the potential draftees we’ve covered already:
And some updated news:
So, let’s talk about Reed Garrett. The Royals are going to have their choice of pitcher at #2 tomorrow, and Evan Grant is reporting that Reed Garrett is likely to be taken at some point. I think he would be a very reasonable pick for KC.
Reed Garrett is a soon-to-be 26-year old RHP from the Texas Rangers system that stands 6′ 2″ 210′. Purely a reliever at this stage in his career, Garrett doesn’t have much in the way of flashy stuff, but he doesn’t walk batters, and he induces a ton of groundballs to find success. In 35 relief appearances at AA for the Rangers in 2018, Garrett posted an ERA of 1.69 with 9.70 K/9 IP. He was promoted to AAA late in the season, made 16 appearances, and posted an ERA of 2.84 and 7.11 K/9.
I’m not a huge fan of drafting Garrett. I think the royals have a ton of guys like him already and there are plenty of other high upside arms available. Garrett reminds me of Kevin McCarthy and Heath Fillmyer in that, there’s not a ton of ceiling there, but he could be a serviceable big league reliever, at best. The Royals just don’t need another one of those. I wouldn’t be totally upset with the pick, I just think there’s better options available.
With all of that being said, Reed Garrett feels like a very Royals move here. He has enough velocity to be effective, can throw multiple innings if necessary, and gets a good share of groundballs. Should the Royals choose to take a project like Jairo Beras in the Rule 5 Draft, taking a guy like Garrett as well could be a good way to hedge their bet. Beras wouldn’t pitch much early on, and Garrett is a guy they could afford to let eat innings if the Royals found themselves short staffed (read more about that strategy on the Beras link above).
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