Braxton Garrett
21-Year-Old PitcherRP
Out
Injury Elbow
Est. Return 2/1/2019
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Garrett, who the Marlins selected with the No. 7 pick in the 2016 draft, only logged 15.1 innings in 2017 before eventually needing Tommy John surgery in late June. This, after he didn't pitch at all the year he was drafted as the Marlins attempted to exercise caution with his workload. Even though Garrett won't return to game action until July or August of this year, at the earliest, he is still one of the top prospects in a system that was essentially bare before this offseason's rebuild. A lefty with the potential for a plus fastball, plus curveball and above-average command, Garrett could top out as a No. 2 starter if his recovery goes perfectly and his changeup develops. The more likely outcome is that he develops into a No. 3 or No. 4 starter. Given how much his development is delayed, Garrett is unlikely to reach the majors until 2021 or 2022. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Marlins in July of 2016 that includes a $4.15 million signing bonus.
Set for Tommy John surgery Tuesday
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June 20, 2017
Garrett will undergo Tommy John surgery Tuesday to repair the partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports.
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While Garrett was exploring other possible options for a few days, a second opinion on his elbow from Dr. James Andrews ultimately confirmed he would require surgery. The Marlins' top prospect will look to bounce back after a long recovery process that will keep him sidelined until next season or perhaps until 2019.
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
Garrett might be the safest of the high school arms from the 2016 draft class, which is an odd statement considering he is the only pitcher who was selected in the first 30 picks who has not yet pitched in a game. The Marlins opted to let Garrett take his time in his recovery from Tommy John surgery rather than rush him to an affiliate. He fell to the Marlins with the seventh pick, but his $4.15 million bonus ranks third in the class, reflecting his pre-draft pedigree. Unfortunately that pedigree does not quite translate over to fantasy. Garrett, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound southpaw, should be owned in leagues that roster 125-plus prospects, but he lacks frontline upside. A low-90s fastball and plus curveball lead a three-pitch mix, and if everything goes well, he will develop into a No. 3 starter. Jason Groome, Forrest Whitley, Riley Pint and Matt Manning are preferable investments among the prep arms from his draft class.
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Second opinion on tap
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June 14, 2017
Garrett (elbow) will receive a second opinion on his ailing elbow from Dr. James Andrews, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports.
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Could require Tommy John
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June 7, 2017
Garrett was diagnosed with a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow, Andre Fernandez of the Miami Herald reports.
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Shut down with elbow ailment
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June 6, 2017
Garrett is dealing with an elbow injury and has been shut down at Low-A Greensboro, Mike Rosenbaum of MLBPipeline reports.
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Tosses 4.2 shutout frames in pro debut
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May 10, 2017
Garrett threw 4.2 shutout innings for Low-A Greensboro on Monday in his professional debut. He gave up one hit while walking three and striking out four.
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Will make pro debut at Low-A
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April 30, 2017
Garrett will join the Marlins' Low-A affiliate at Greensboro this week and make his professional debut, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
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