Miami signed its first round draft pick, Braxton Garrett, to a deal worth just more than $4 million, according to MLB.com’s Jim Callis.
That is the most the Marlins were able to pay Garrett without being affected by the luxury tax, Callis notes. The deadline for signing draft picks is Friday at 5 p.m.
A high school lefty from Alabama, Garrett was committed to play at Vanderbilt if he didn’t agree to a deal with the Marlins. ESPN’s Keith Law ranked Garrett the third best prospect in the draft. MLB.com deemed him the 10th-best prospect.
While Garrett has an effective fastball, his plus curveball likely made him an intriguing option for the Marlins. He could continue to develop a changeup and is projected to be a No. 2 starter in the rotation.
Garrett’s slot value was $3.7 million, but since he is represented by Scott Boras, it’s not surprising to see him receive a deal well above it.
Garrett was in Miami undergoing a physical Friday morning, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.