Former College of Idaho outfielder Izaac Garsez on June 6 was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 30th Round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Players Draft, joining nine other former Coyote baseball players who’ve been drafted by MLB clubs.
Garsez, a two-time NAIA All-American and two-time NAIA West Player of the Year, hit .389 as a senior with eight home runs and 53 RBIs, leading the NAIA with a school-record 12 triples. He added 20 doubles and 29 stolen bases on the season, leading the NAIA West with 93 hits and 75 runs scored as the Coyotes qualified for their first NAIA World Series since 2002. Garsez was recommended to the Cubs by the team’s area scout, Al Geddes.
“There definitely were a lot of emotions when I got the call,” said Garsez, the 914th overall pick in the draft. “I was so relieved and also extremely, extremely excited. I just feel really blessed.”
In four years with the Coyotes, Garsez posted a .361 batting average while accumulating 45 doubles, a school-record 30 triples, 27 home runs and 151 RBIs. He becomes the first C of I player to be drafted by an MLB club since Jason Stefani was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 30th Round in 2001. The highest draftee in C of I history was Don Bellum, taken in the eighth round by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1992.
“I’m so glad I was able to play for the C of I program,” Garsez said. “Coach (Shawn) Humberger is an unbelievable coach – he taught me so much and helped me get better and expand on my game every year. I’ll have to continue improving to compete at the next level, but I know playing for this program has helped prepare me for what I’m about to face.”
Once signed, Garsez will report to the Cubs’ training site in Mesa, Ariz., and be assigned to one of their minor league affiliates. The list of possible destinations includes the Class A Boise Hawks, whose home stadium is located just 30 minutes from the C of I campus.
“That’s definitely in the back of my mind,” Garsez said. “It’s exciting. If I get the opportunity to play for the Hawks in front of all my family and friends, it would be unbelievable.”
Read more about Garsez and keep tabs on where his pro career takes him this summer in the Idaho Press-Tribune sports blog.