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Now that he’s healthy, Davis’ fastball measures 92-96 miles per hour instead of 88-92, Price said. Davis also added a slider to his repertoire.
“He really made the investment to add a pitch to go with a good curveball and changeup,” Price said. “He’s a guy that’s aggressive. He throws strikes. He commands the zone well. He’s got good fastball command. He’s got better stuff than he began last year with. We anticipate with the maturity and pitch quality and command he’s going to be able to hold his own up here.”
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Amir Garrett, 24, will debut in a 8:15 p.m. Friday game against the Cardinals in St. Louis. The Reds drafted Garrett in the 22nd round in 2011. He split time between Pensacola and Louisville last season. He was 3-1 with a 4.22 ERA in six starts in spring training.
“He’s going to do everything in his power to compete all the way through the duration of his outing,” Price said. “The key for him is harnessing all the of the pitches in the zone, similar to (Brandon) Finnegan and establish he can throw that slider and changeup over the plate. He’s got a very good fastball. The changeup and slider improved greatly. The changeup, his third pitch, we really want to see that one turn the corner.”
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