Ryan Garvey bio
Player: Ryan Garvey
Position: OF, 3B, 1B
Jersey Number: 32
School: Riverside (Calif.) CC
Hometown: Palm Desert. Calif.
Height, Weight: 6-0, 200
Best Baseball Memory: Hitting two home runs in one inning.
Greatest Baseball Accomplishment: Winning the city championship my junior year and being drafted by the Rockies.
Favorite Player Growing Up: Andre Ethier, because I can relate to his talents.
Most Influential Player/Role Model: Steve Garvey. Growing up with him being my father is something special.
Favorite Food: Hamburgers.
Favorite Pregame Meal: Peanut butter and jelly.
Off-field hobbies: Hanging with friends.
Favorite Movie: “Wedding Crashers.”
He grew up the son of a Major League All-Star, and now Ryan Garvey is ready to make his own name in the game.
Signed out of Riverside (Calif.) Community College, Garvey, the son of 10-time All-Star Steve Garvey, actually got a bit of a late start in the game.
“I really started when I was 12, played about 30 games a year,” he said. “When I was 13 I moved down to California (from Utah) and started playing 100 games every year, and that’s when I really started playing.”
Garvey was drafted in 2011 by Philadelphia in the 15th round, but he opted to go to school instead.
He started out at Southern California, but transferred after one semester to Riverside, where he hit .261 in 38 games. He had eight doubles, two home runs and led the team with 22 RBI.
“Every year was a progression, trying to get better and better every year and hopefully become the best payer I can be,” he said. “It’s in the blood. You have a dad growing up showing you all these things, and it’s always been taught to me. I want to be a Major League Baseball player.”
Although his father played for the Dodgers and Padres, Garvey said he was a Rockies fan even before he got the call during the draft.
“It’s a club I’ve always wanted to go to,” he said. “I love how the staff runs it and the players. Being out here, hearing what a great organization it is, I’m seeing how I can fit the mold here and be part of the Rockie Nation.”
Playing baseball every day is a dream come true for all of the GJ Rockies, and Garvey is no different. He’s falling back on what he’s been taught growing up.
“I’m working on many things, trying to grasp what all my coaches have to give me as a player,” he said. “I’m working on fundamentals, keep working hard out here and try not to be outworked.
“The best thing is I’m playing every day, and I can always redeem myself. There’s always a tomorrow and another tomorrow with 80 games in this league. Every day is a nice little grind.”