CALDWELL -- College of Idaho right fielder Izaac Garsez was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 30th round of the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft on Wednesday.
"I'm incredibly excited," Garsez said moments after learning of his selection.
The process was a turbulent one though. With heavy interest from Arizona and Texas as well, the Rangers called him on Tuesday and informed him they were looking for a senior-sign in the 8th-12th round range.
"They told me to be ready," said Garsez. "But Day 2 came and went and I never heard back from them."
"I stopped following (the draft). I couldn't just watch other names continue to come off the board," added Garsez. "All I was thinking was 'I'm not going to get drafted.'"
With the end of the 29th round approaching, Garsez said he finally checked back in. Then, just after the 6th pick in the 30th round (914th overall pick), Garsez's phone rang.
"It was Al Geddes (the area scout for the Cubs)," explained the two-time NAIA All-American. "He came to a lot of our games (this spring), probably more than any other scout. I think he only talked to me once."
Now Garsez will head to the Cubs training camp in Mesa, Arizona, where he will learn what minor league affiliated the organization plans to assignment him to. The possibilities include the Boise Hawks, Chicago's short-season A-Ball affiliate.
Garsez says he would relish the opportunity to start his professional career this close to home.
"(The Cubs) haven't mentioned anything yet, but I'm hoping so."
NOTES: Garsez was the NAIA West Player of the Year this spring, hitting .389 with eight homeruns, a team-high 75 runs scored and 29 steals ... Garsez is the first College of Idaho player drafted since Jason Stefani was taken by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 30th round in 2001. Don Bellum - an eighth round draft pick of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1992 - is the highest drafted player in program history ... the Oakland Athletics showed a lot of interest in Garsez leading up to the draft.