In yet another setback for an already thin farm system, the Marlins’ top overall prospect per mlbpipeline.com, 2016 first-round pick Braxton Garrett, has undergone Tommy John surgery and will miss 12-14 months. According to the Sun-Sentinel, this will mean that he may not pitch until at least the fall of 2018, and perhaps not until 2019.
Garrett was doing well with the Greensboro Grasshoppers in single-A. The 19-year-old left-hander was 1-0 with a 2.93 ERA with a WHIP of 1.24 and 16 Ks in 15 1/3 innings.
According to mlb.com, Marlins director of baseball operations Michael Hill stated:
The Grasshoppers’ righty starter, Marlins 14th ranked prospect Jordan Holloway, had Tommy John surgery on Monday. When combining this with Dillon Peters’ thumb injury, three of the Marlins top seven pitching prospects will be missing significant time.
The only bright spot is that the Marlins number two overall prospect, Tyler Kolek, is coming back from Tommy John surgery, and looks to be joining the Hoppers soon. This may make the Fish more inclined to be sellers at the deadline, given their recent rash of pitching injuries.