Major League Baseball’s amateur draft concluded its three-day festival Wednesday, but not before Bonita High School pitcher Justin Garza, Bishop Amat’s Daniel Zamora, South Hills’ C.J. Saylor and former Amat and current Rio Hondo College pitcher Paul Paez got their names called.
ON GARZA: Love the Scouting Note on Garza from MLB. Scouts obviously believed he was going to Cal State Fullerton, otherwise he would have been selected much earlier…“Garza isn’t your prototypical power pitcher, in terms of size. The righty, however, consistently throws his fastball between 91-94 mph. Garza complements the fastball with a changeup that he has a good feel for, a sharp curveball that he consistently keeps near the knees and a hard slider. Garza’s pure stuff is what will get him drafted in the early rounds.”
FRED’S THOUGHT: For what it’s worth, I’ve covered Monrovia’s Eddie McKiernan, Pasadena Poly’s Robbie Rasmussen, Temple City’s Ryan Tucker, Bishop Amat’s Paul Paez, Glendora’s Adam Plutko, Covina’s Tyler Pill, Diamond Bar’s Kenny Mathews and a handful of others, but none of them had the dominant two-year run we witnessed from Garza. On a pure high school level, he’s the best I ever covered.
ON ZAMORA: His mother Shannon works in our office and when I delivered the news a minute ago that Daniel was selected by Toronto her reaction was priceless. That’s what it’s all about.
ALSO: Alta Loma High and Cal Poly Pomona’s Geoff Broussard was selected in the 23rd round by the Philadelphia Phillies