Born July 19, 1991 in Wichita, Kansas. Drafted in the 2nd round of the 2009 First Year Player Draft. Listed at 6'4 and 190 lbs. Bats and throws right-handed.
Made just 3 appearances, all starts, with the Ogden Raptors in 2009 after signing. Posted a 10.12 ERA in 2.2 innings, allowing 2 walks, a home run and striking out 4. Returned to Ogden in 2010 and pitched in 13 games, all starts. Ended the season with a 4.06 ERA in 57.2 innings while allowing 4 homers, 20 walks and striking out 52.
Promoted to Low A Great Lakes in 2011, making 27 appearances, 24 starts and pitching 123.2 innings. His 2.40 ERA was 17th in the league and he ranked 22nd in the league with 104 strikeouts. Walked just 37 batters and allowed 8 home runs. Was 7-2 on the road with a 2.08 ERA.
The Dodgers spent more on Gould in the second round than their first pick in the 2009 draft, Aaron Miller, which lets you understand how much they thought of the Kansas native. His velocity dropped shortly after signing but, since his debut, he's made steady progress to solidify him as one of the club's top pitching prospects.
After throwing in the low to mid 90s in high school, Garrett's fastball dipped into the high 80s in the pros. However, he's regained his velocity over the past few seasons and sat in the low 90s last year. The pitch is lauded for its movement and his ability to throw it to both sides of the plate.
With his improved fastball mph, his plus-plus curve is even more of a weapon. It's the best breaking ball in the Dodgers system with hard, late break. He can throw it for strikes or use it as a chase pitch. It's not a true 12-6 breaker but is still probably one of the best in the minors.
Gould also throws a changeup that's dependable, though it's not as great a weapon as his fastball or curve. Over the past two seasons, he's showed a propensity to throw strikes and generally keep the ball in the yard. His delivery isn't textbook, though there aren't any major red flags and his arm works fine. He rocks back and explodes toward the plate, giving him plenty of deception. He's a fiery competitor who has improved his self discipline though he can still be passionate on the mound.
Average. The bump in velocity is encouraging but the fact that he lost it once before gives me pause. He could easily get to Double A on his curveball alone but the fastball will determine if he reaches the majors and has any success there.
He doesn't have as high a ceiling as the guys ahead of him but figures to be at least a #3 innings eater if everything goes right. The fact that he's shown steady improvement and overcome adversity is encouraging. Hopefully he continues to mature as a pitcher.
Garrett is headed to Rancho which will be a challenge given the California League's reputation as a pitcher's nightmare. Keeping the ball down will be key, which is something Gould has shown an aptitude for doing. If all goes right, he could reach Double A by July or August.
Dodgers Prospect Countdown: #5 Garrett Gould
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