VMI pitcher with local ties drafted by Texas Rangers

August 7, 2014

To many, June 7, 2014 was just an ordinary day in early June, however for Reed Glenn Garrett, it would prove to be a day that he would never forget.

The grandson of Alice and Bob Garrett, and great grandson of the late Dr. J. Glenn Cox (who Reed Glenn Garrett was named after) and Annie Early Cox of Carroll County, Garrett was selected in the 2014 First Year Player Major League Baseball Draft. Reed had just finished up his second class year (junior) at Virginia Military Institute in Lexington. He was selected in the 16th Round, the 486th overall pick to the Texas Rangers, as a right-handed pitcher.

The 6’2, 170-pound right hander, a native of Richmond, had a dominant junior season at VMI. Throwing the first no-hitter of the 2014 Division I season on February 21 was the highlight of the season. In his no-hit effort, a 3-0 victory over Lafayette College, Garrett struck out a career-high 13 Leopard hitters, only allowing one base runner on a walk in the fifth inning.

He finished his season as a second-team All-Big South Conference pitcher. Garrett also ranked second in opponent batting average, fifth in earned run average, and 10th in innings pitched among all Big South Conference pitchers.

Currently, Garrett is playing for the Spokane Indians, the Short Season Class-A team for the Texas Rangers, located in Spokane, Washington. He is 3-1 in 40 innings pitched with 29 strikeouts. At the conclusion of his season, Garrett is planning on returning to VMI for the fall semester in efforts to continue classes and moving toward receiving his undergraduate degree in Business and Economics.