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Marlins sign top draft pick, lose another to Tommy John surgery

Braxton Garrett, the Marlins’ top draft pick in 2016, was scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery on Tuesday.
Braxton Garrett, the Marlins’ top draft pick in 2016, was scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery on Tuesday. AP

The Marlins now have two top draft picks on the mend from Tommy John surgery.

One year after hard-throwing right-hander Tyler Kolek underwent the procedure, lefty pitcher Braxton Garrett followed suit.

According to sources, Garrett — the seventh overall pick in the 2016 draft — was scheduled to undergo the surgery Tuesday in Pensacola, with Dr. James Andrews performing the procedure.

Garrett did not pitch at all after being drafted last summer and made only four starts this year for them at Low-A Greensboro before landing on the disabled list. The typical recovery time for pitchers undergoing elbow ligament replacement surgery is 12-14 months.

Kolek, the team’s top pick in the 2014 draft, underwent Tommy John surgery last year and is expected to resume pitching around the end of this month. He’ll likely start out in the Gulf Coast League.

Meanwhile, the Marlins have agreed to terms on a $3.4 million bonus — or nearly $500,000 below slot — for this year’s first-round pick, Trevor Rogers. The deal is pending a physical.

Rogers, a 20-year-old lefty out of Carlsbad, New Mexico, was the 13th overall pick in the draft. The Marlins’ picks from this year’s draft are expected to take part in a mini-camp in Jupiter later in the week.

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