Garrett is rooming with Cody Reed, Sal Romano, and Robert Stephenson here. Those three just happen to be some of his biggest competition for a spot on the pitching staff.
“If I don’t win the spot I’m always going to be rooting for the next person,” Garrett said. “At the end of the day we’re all on the same team in the same organization and we all want to see each other do good.”
Garrett is quick to admit he was a thrower more than a pitcher during his two seasons with the Dragons. He was always ready to try and blow a 95-mph fastball by a hitter, but these days the game has slowed down for the lefty, and that may be his ticket to a big league job.
“I’ve been working on my change-up a lot — at the end of last season in triple-A I was throwing my change-up a lot more and I was seeing a big difference,” Garrett said. “I feel like that pitch will really bring my game to another level. I want to get that pitch down where I can throw it in any count and get hitters out.”
Garrett has pitched in the Major League Baseball “Futures” game the last two seasons, helping to emphasize he made the right choice, even though the road to the big leagues is full of potholes.
“You’ve got to always have that confidence no matter where you’re at,” he said. “I always tell myself I can be a big leaguer and I can play up there because I will never put any limitations on myself.”
As for basketball, Garrett won’t deny he still wonders what might have been had he gone the other way and pursued those hoop dreams. But he doesn’t hesitate to point out he has no regrets .
“It’s all fun and games now, I get to watch basketball as a fan and not a player,” Garrett said. There are times that I’m like… dang… but I can’t go back. That was a moment in my life that I enjoyed, but now I’m a full-time baseball player and I enjoy that even more.”