Matt Garza is Fresno State's 11th first round draft pick.
June 8, 2005
Fresno, Calif. - Led by the selection of junior Matt Garza with the 25th overall pick in the first round, Fresno State had four pitchers selected in the 2005 MLB draft. Garza is joined by juniors Doug Fister and Rudy Quinonez, along with sophomore Michael Cooper as draftees this season.
The Minnesota Twins selected Garza in the first round. The 2005 WAC pitcher of the year, Garza is the 11th Fresno State baseball player to be selected in the first round, and the third in the last four years. Outfielder Richie Robnett was taken in the first round last year with the 26th overall selection by the Oakland A's, and Ben Fritz was the 30th overall selection in the first round in 2002, also being picked by the A's.
Two other junior pitchers join Garza in being drafted. Doug Fister, a junior from Merced, Calif., was taken in the sixth round by the New York Yankees, and Rudy Quinonez was picked in the 12th round by the Atlanta Braves. Both players were key parts of the Bulldog staff this past season, as Fister started 15 games for the Bulldogs, and Quinonez was a first-team all-WAC selection as a relief pitcher after recording five starts in five opportunities.
Michael Cooper was also selected on the first day of the draft. A sophomore right-hander, Cooper made six starts for the Bulldogs in 2005. While most sophomores are not eligible for the draft, Cooper was available this season due to his age, where he was 21 before the draft-eligible date. The St. Louis Cardinals selected Cooper in the 17th round.
The selection of four players in the first 20 rounds has only happened four times in Fresno State history, most recently in 1990. The Bulldogs have now had 10 players selected for the draft in the past two years, after six players were drafted in 2004.