College of Idaho All-American Izaac Garsez waited quite awhile to learn where he would be spending his first summer in professional baseball.
And it very well could be playing right here in the Treasure Valley.
The senior outfielder was selected today by the Chicago Cubs in the 30th round (914 overall) on the third and final day of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
In the past, the Cubs have assigned first-year players from college to begin their professional careers with the organization’s shortseason Class A team in Boise.
If Garsez signs with the Cubs, there’s a good chance he could end up playing in front of friendly faces with the Hawks at Memorial Stadium.
Garsez led College of Idaho to its first NAIA World Series appearance in a decade during his senior season in 2012. On Monday, he was named the Yotes’ second first-team All-American. He also was named NAIA West Player of the Year for the second straight season.
The strong-armed right fielder hit .381 with eight home runs, 20 doubles, a school-record 12 triples and 53 RBIs in 2012. He also had 29 stolen bases.
From 2009-12, the Caldwell High graduate batted .361 with 240 hits, 45 doubles, a school-record 30 triples, 27 home runs and 151 RBIs. He also scored 181 runs and had 69 stolen bases.