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Héctor Javier Garanzuay Rodríguez
- Bats Both, Throws Left
- Height 5' 9", Weight 175 lb.
- Schools Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, The University of Texas at Brownsville
- High School Pace High School (Brownsville, TX)
Héctor Garanzuay has played six minor league seasons (through 2009).
Héctor was born in Mexico but played his high school and college ball in the US. He was at the University of Texas at Brownsville from 1999-2002, then transferred to Texas A&M - Corpus Christi. He hit .379 in 2003, 7th among NCAA Division I Independents and ahead of Ryan Braun and Gaby Sanchez among others.
Undrafted, he signed with the Edinburg Roadrunners and hit .290/.358/.358 in 2004 while playing shortstop. In 2005, Garanzuay batted .302/.391/.433 for his hometown Monclova Steelers, with more walks (45) than strikeouts (38). Héctor split 2006 between the Coastal Bend Aviators (.176/.232/.176 in 14 G) and Monclova (.331/.408/.497, 12 HR).
Garanzuay fell to .293/.357/.416 with 28 doubles for the 2007 Steelers. He played for Mexico in the 2007 Baseball World Cup, hitting .375/.394/.438 while mostly being used at DH (Fernando Alejos manned second). He was the only Mexican starter who failed to reach base in their 6-4 win over the host Taiwan national team in the 7th/8th place game.
In 2008, Garanzuay hit .277/.357/.397 with 13 steals in 18 tries for Monclova. He is at .318/.375/.508 with 23 doubles after 62 games in 2009.