June 6, 2012
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University redshirt junior shortstop Mike Garza (San Antonio, Texas/Douglas MacArthur) was selected in the 20th round of the Major League Baseball Draft on Tuesday afternoon by the Milwaukee Brewers. Garza, an All-BIG EAST First Team selection, was the 27th pick of the round and the 635th pick overall.
Garza and the Hoyas finished the 2012 season with a 24-29 overall record and a 10-17 mark in the BIG EAST. Georgetown tied for eighth place in the league and missed out on an appearance in the BIG EAST Tournament by percentage points. The team's 24 overall wins and 10 league wins were the most for the program since 2006.
"It's a relief," Garza said over the phone from his home in Texas. "You work hard to get to this point and now it all pays off, so it's very rewarding. I'm going to get to continue to play and get paid to do it so I can't really complain."
A preseason All-BIG EAST selection, Garza finished the season batting .393, which led the Hoyas and ranked second in the BIG EAST. He led the team in hits (86), at-bats (219), doubles (21), home runs (8), runs batted in (44) and total bases (135). In addition, he was second in the BIG EAST in slugging percentage (.616) and ninth in the league in on-base percentage (.433).
Garza had four hits in a 15-4 win over Cincinnati on May 20 in the regular season finale, giving him 86 for the season and tying the single season school record for hits set by Kurt Kaull in 1983. His 135 total bases were four shy of the school record of 139, set by Kaull in 1983 as well.
In being named All-BIG EAST First Team, Garza was the first infield position player to be named to that squad under Head Coach Pete Wilk (Ryan Craft was named to the first team in 2005 as a designated hitter). He was the 11th Georgetown player to be named All-BIG EAST First Team and it was the second-straight year a Hoya earned first team honors as senior outfielder Rand Ravnaas (Fort Worth, Texas/All Saints' Episcopal) was tabbed in 2011.
The selection of Garza in the MLB Draft marks the sixth time in the last six years a Hoya player has been selected by a team. Last year, Ravnaas was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 39th round, and Erick Fernandez (C'11) was selected in the 25th round by the Washington National. In 20101, Fernandez was selected by the Nationals and Tim Adleman by the Baltimore Orioles, while former second baseman Matt Bouchard was taken by the New York Mets in 2007. Garza is the 12th player in Georgetown history to be picked in the draft.
"Anytime you can make it and make it with some of those guys who played at Georgetown before you, it's a good experience," Garza said. "This is a program on the rise. We've had a good run of guys getting drafted, so people are recognizing that."