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MLB: Marlins Sign First-Round Pick Braxton Garrett


The Miami Marlins announced that the Club has signed left-handed pitcher , Braxton Garrett, who was the seventh overall pick in the 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft on June 9. The announcement was made by Marlins Vice President of Scouting Stan Meek.

Garrett, 18, recently graduated from Florence (Ala.) High School. He was 6-2, 0.56 with 131 strikeouts and 13 walks in 65.1 innings during his senior season and was named the Gatorade Alabama Player of the Year.

The 6-3, 190-pounder won a Gold Medal with Team USA in the 18U World Cup in Japan last fall. He was named a Rawlings-Perfect Game Preseason All-American entering his senior year and tossed eight shutout innings in a 2-0 Florence win in the National High School Invitational in March.

Garrett was the first left-handed pitcher taken by Miami in the first round since 2012, when the club selected Andrew Heaney ninth overall out of Oklahoma State University.

The Marlins signed 33 of their 39 selections overall, as well as four undrafted free agents. The final signing update includes three selections and one free agent: Garrett; third-round pick Thomas Jones, a center fielder out of Laurens District 55 High School (Laurens, S.C.); 23rd-round pick Hunter Wells, a right-handed pitcher out of Gonzaga University (Spokane, WA); and free agent J.C. Millan, a center fielder/second baseman out of Broward College (Miami, FL).

After beginning the Draft with three straight selections from the high school ranks, Miami selected 30 consecutive college or junior college players. All four free agent signings were also from the college/JUCO ranks. The overall position breakdown is: 17 pitchers (four left-handed), five catchers, nine infielders (including Millan), and six outfielders.

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