Fish Stripes has learned that Marlins right-hander Matt Givin underwent Tommy John surgery last Tuesday to address a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow. The procedure was performed by Dr. James Andrews. His recovery is estimated at 12-15 months.
Givin, 18, signed with the organization as a 20th-round pick in last year’s amateur draft. He made his pro debut in late July and thrived in the rookie Gulf Coast League (23.1 IP, 0.39 ERA, 0.94 WHIP). That performance boosted his stock significantly—MLB Pipeline currently has him ranked as the No. 24 prospect in Miami’s farm system.
Givin is also highly regarded by Marlins management. He was among the 25 young players who attended the franchise’s first-ever Captain’s Camp prior to spring training. The leadership seminar was organized by new vice president of player development and scouting Gary Denbo and attended by Derek Jeter himself.
The UCL tear was discovered during a routine exam following the 2017 season. Givin initially responded well to platelet-rich plasma injections and began a throwing program in January. But ultimately, it was determined that replacing the ligament now would be best for his long-term development.
Givin had the soft cast removed from his right arm on Monday morning at the Marlins minor league complex in Jupiter. Barring any setbacks, he expects to return to game action in mid-2019.
“Just gotta trust the process,” Givin says.