Garza Promoted To Double-A New Britain

The Twins promoted right-hander Matt Garza to Double-A New Britain on Monday, and he will look to bolster a pitching staff that is currently last in the Eastern League in ERA. The Twins' 2005 first round draft pick, Garza was 5-1 for the Fort Myers Miracle at the time of his call-up.

The Twins promoted starting pitcher Matt Garza to Double-A New Britain on Monday, after the right-hander had absolutely dominated the Florida State League to start the season. Garza, who was the Twins' number on draft choice in the 2005 draft, was one of the league leaders in several categories at the time of his promotion. The move is long-awaited for most Twins fans, as the New Britain pitching staff has been struggling this season.

Garza was drafted out of Fresno State University, after overcoming the odds to turn himself into a big-time prospect. After posting a 9.55 earned run average as a freshman, Garza overcame eye surgery to become one of the better pitchers in college baseball during his last two seasons. He also knows about responsibility, being a father and husband.

After starring for Elizabethton in his professional debut, Garza made the jump to full-season Beloit, and looked good enough for the Twins to start him out at Fort Myers this season. With the Miracle, Garza joined forces with Kevin Slowey to be the best one-two punch in the Florida State League.

However, a call-up was definitely warranted, as Garza had been nearly unhittable all season long. At the time of his call-up, Garza was currently leading the league in wins with five, was second in strikeouts with 53, and fourth in ERA with a 1.42 mark. Garza will now look to bolster a New Britain pitching staff that is currently last in the Eastern League in ERA.


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