2015 Draft Profile: Justin Garza

School: Cal State Fullerton; Class: Junior

Position: RHP; B/T: R/R

Height: 5-11; Weight: 170

Previously Drafted: Cleveland Indians, 26th round, 2012


Background: A late round pick by the Indians in the 2012, Garza could very well be the best player selected by the Tribe that summer after another disappointing showing in the showing. Garza, a smallish right-hander out of Cal State Fullerton, has been a steady source production throughout his three-year collegiate career.

After a strong debut – he posted a 95-to-17 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 115.0 inning while earning numerous awards including various Second Team All-Americans, First Team All-American, and College Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher of the Year Semifinalist – Garza teamed with fellow right-handers Phil Bickford and Thomas Eshelman to form a three-headed monster during his sophomore campaign. Garza would post a 60-to-14 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 72.2 innings of work.

Garza would also earn a chance to pitch for Team USA during the summer, where he tallied 27-to-7 strikeout-to-walk ratio to go along with a sparkling 1.35 ERA.

This season the 5-foot-11 hurler has more or less maintained status quo: he’s averaged about 7.4 punch outs per nine innings while posting a sub-2.0 walk rate.


Projection: Solid, sturdy, and steady. Garza falls into the same category as so many polished collegiate hurlers in the past couple of years: Andrew Thurman, Marco Gonzales, and Chi Chi Gonzales. Meaning: Garza profiles as a back-of-the-rotation caliber arm, who, potentially, could move quickly through the minors. He’ll miss a handful of bats, limit free passes, and give up a rare homerun.


Ceiling:  1.5-win player

Floor:  1.0-win player

Risk:  Low to Moderate

Grade: Second Round



Photo Courtesy of fullertontitans.com.


After serving as a video scout/analyst for Baseball Info Solutions, Joe Werner began writing at his original site, ReleasePoints.com. He’s since transitioned into his current niche, prospect analysis, at ProspectDigest.com. He has been fortunate — and incredibly blessed — to have some of his work published and mentioned by several major media outlets, including: ESPN, Cleveland.com and the Baseball Research Journal. He can be reached at: JosephMWerner@yahoo.com.