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Matt Garza

Matt Garza
Name: Matthew Scott Garza
Born: Nov 26, 1983 in Selma, Calif. USA
High School: Washington Union HS, Easton, Calif.
College: Fresno State
Ht.: 6'4" / Wt.: 220 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 1st round (25th overall) by the Minnesota Twins in 2005 (signed for $1,350,000)
After surviving a rocky 1-6, 9.55 freshman season and leading Fresno State in wins and saves in a swing role last year, Garza went into this season as the team's ace. He struggled in the early going when a young offense didn't score for him and he had trouble getting hitters out because of inconsistent command. But he pitched and competed much better down the stretch, and his draft stock surged the better he pitched. Some teams even were considering the 6-foot-4 righthander as a late first-round or sandwich pick. Garza had only a four-seam fastball and a slow, lazy curveball when he enrolled at Fresno State, but he now has plus stuff with a four-pitch repertoire. His fastball ranges from 90-94 mph and touches 95, and a hard 82-84 mph slider is an effective second pitch. A 72-78 mph curve has the makings of a solid third pitch, while his changeup has been slower to develop. He's projected to be a starter in pro ball but could move into relief if his curve and changeup don't progress or he lacks the stamina to be a starter.
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