A quality defensive player and leader who will also be a force at the plate, as demonstrated by his 23 home runs last season in junior college … a very mature and intelligent individual who can assert himself as a leader on the team.
Prior to LSU
Selected in the 31st round of the 2017 MLB Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals … batted .378 in 2018 with 52 hits and 23 home runs at Howard Junior College, and was selected to the NJCAA Division I All-Region Team … selected to participate in the summer of 2018 in the Cal Ripken All-Star Game and the Sun Belt Classic in North Carolina for the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League as a member of the Gaithersburg (Md.) Giants --- he produced seven doubles, five homers and 25 RBI during the Giants’ summer season … a four-year starter at Edinburg North High School and selected during his senior year to be a member of the National team by the National High School Coaches Association for Region 6 … three-time All-State catcher for the state of Texas, twice being named to the first team … 2017 District MVP and All-Area Offensive MVP while batting .530 … 2016 District MVP and All-Area Catcher while batting .513 … also played linebacker for the Edinburg North football team and competed in the 50-meter and 100-meter freestyle for the swimming team.
Full name is Saul Ruben Garza … parents are Santana and Sandra Garza … Santana was a pitcher at Texas-Pan American from 1984-88 … has two older brothers, Santana Jr. and Samuel … says he chose to attend LSU to get the opportunity to “play in front of college baseball’s greatest fans every day and compete to bring home another national championship to Baton Rouge” … majoring in kinesiology at LSU … born April 9, 1998, in McAllen, Texas.