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October 8, 2013As an eighth grader, Menlo-Atherton right-handed pitcher Matt McGarry visited Vanderbilt while in Tennessee with NorCal Baseball. Fast forward to present day and the fast rising 2015 arm is headed back to Nashville after giving his verbal commitment.
Standing at 6-foot-3, 195 pounds, McGarry verbally committed to Vanderbilt last week after also receiving interest from the Pac-12. He continues a trend of NorCal Baseball sending prospects to Vanderbilt, which went 54-12 in 2013 and hosted a Super Regional before falling to Louisville.
"Definitely just the culture," McGarry said on what sold him on Vanderbilt. "The coaches are amazing. You just see what they have done. They know how to develop guys. You get the whole deal."
McGarry had his coming out party at the Reebok NorCal World Series when he hit 93 MPH, which was tied for the second highest velocity reading at the event. He was tied with St. Francis 2014 right-hander Richard Boe (Arizona State) and behind high end draft prospect in Sanger 2014 righty Luis Ortiz. He followed it up with a good showing at Perfect Game Junior National and his recruitment took off from there.
"It's really nice to know where I'm going. It is a big relief," McGarry said. "I'm really excited to be going there."
The Menlo-Atherton standout should generate serious draft talk in a class with other elite level arms like College Park's Joe DeMers and De La Salle's Justin Hooper. He went 7-3 with a 2.30 ERA as a sophomore and averaged more than a strikeout per inning.