Q&A with Jays' 10th Round Pick Aaron Garza

We sat down with Blue Jays' 10th round pick, Aaron Garza [no relation to the Cubs' Matt Garza], for a Draft Day Q&A session. Find out what the right-handed pitcher from Galveston Ball High School in Texas says about his stuff, his thoughts about starting his professional career now, who he'd compare his game to at the big league level, and more!

FutureJays.com: Let me start off by offering you a big "Congratulations" on behalf of FutureJays. You must be pretty excited right now. How did you react when you received the news that you had been selected by the Toronto Blue Jays?

Aaron Garza: Yes sir, I was pretty ecstatic. I was sitting down, falling asleep watching Sportscenter when the Blue Jays called me with the news and the first thing I did was call my dad.

FutureJays.com: Were you at all surprised that you were selected by Toronto?

Garza: During the whole process, the talk was that I would be going late twenties, early thirties, so to go in the 10th round was surprising.

FutureJays.com: How familiar are you with the Blue Jays organization? Do you know anyone currently playing in the Blue Jays system?

Garza: No, I don't know anyone currently playing in the Blue Jays system but my high school coach [Aaron's baseball coach at Galveston Ball, Steve Hecker played in the Blue Jays organization from 2001 to 2002] was drafted by Toronto back when he played.

FutureJays.com: What type of pitches do you throw and at what speeds? Give us a scouting report please.

Garza: I consistently throw my fastball in the high 80's and I have hit 90 mph. I throw a 12-6 curveball at around 70-72 mph, which is my best strikeout pitch. I also throw a changeup.

FutureJays.com: Did you have a favorite team growing up or a favorite player?

Garza: Growing up in the Houston area it's always been the Astros and Lance Berkman was always my favorite. I've always liked him and how he approached the game.

FutureJays.com: Is there any particular pitcher you've modeled your game after?

Garza: Obviously I'm not in their class but if I had to pick a guy it would be Roy Halladay.

FutureJays.com: On a personal level, what is your best moment playing ball?

Garza: I threw three no-hitters last season but I would say that the no-hitter I threw against Clear Creek was the best moment for me.

FutureJays.com: You have committed to the University of Houston, but having been drafted higher than you expected, how do you feel about signing with Toronto?

Garza: It's a terrific opportunity but it just happened. I need to sit down and talk to my parents. I want to make sure I find the right fit.


Future Jays Top Stories

\r\n \r\n\r\nFutureJays.com: Let me start off by offering you a big \"Congratulations\" on behalf of FutureJays. You must be pretty excited right now. How did you react when you received the news that you had been selected by the Toronto Blue Jays?
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\r\nAaron Garza: Yes sir, I was pretty ecstatic. I was sitting down, falling asleep watching Sportscenter when the Blue Jays called me with the news and the first thing I did was call my dad.
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\r\nFutureJays.com: Were you at all surprised that you were selected by Toronto?
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\r\nGarza: During the whole process, the talk was that I would be going late twenties, early thirties, so to go in the 10th round was surprising.
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\r\nFutureJays.com: How familiar are you with the Blue Jays organization? Do you know anyone currently playing in the Blue Jays system?
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\r\nGarza: No, I don't know anyone currently playing in the Blue Jays system but my high school coach [Aaron's baseball coach at Galveston Ball, Steve Hecker played in the Blue Jays organization from 2001 to 2002] was drafted by Toronto back when he played.
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\r\nFutureJays.com: What type of pitches do you throw and at what speeds? Give us a scouting report please.
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\r\nGarza: I consistently throw my fastball in the high 80's and I have hit 90 mph. I throw a 12-6 curveball at around 70-72 mph, which is my best strikeout pitch. I also throw a changeup.
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\r\nFutureJays.com: Did you have a favorite team growing up or a favorite player?
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\r\nGarza: Growing up in the Houston area it's always been the Astros and Lance Berkman was always my favorite. I've always liked him and how he approached the game.
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\r\nFutureJays.com: Is there any particular pitcher you've modeled your game after?
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\r\nGarza: Obviously I'm not in their class but if I had to pick a guy it would be Roy Halladay.
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\r\nFutureJays.com: On a personal level, what is your best moment playing ball?
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\r\nGarza: I threw three no-hitters last season but I would say that the no-hitter I threw against Clear Creek was the best moment for me.
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\r\nFutureJays.com: You have committed to the University of Houston, but having been drafted higher than you expected, how do you feel about signing with Toronto?
\r\n
\r\nGarza: It's a terrific opportunity but it just happened. I need to sit down and talk to my parents. I want to make sure I find the right fit.
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