Giovanni Garbella

#3 Giovanni Garbella

HT. 6-2
WT. 165
YR. Fr.
HOMETOWN San Diego, Calif.
HIGH SCHOOL (PREV. SCHOOL) Cathedral Catholic

2016: Appeared in 24 games, including six starts...launched a grand slam versus Purdue North Central (April 25) before driving in another run later in a 17-6 Crusader victory...doubled and drove in three runs in Valpo's 8-6 win over visiting Illinois State on April 5...accumulated eight RBIs and seven runs scored on the season.

2015: Named to Horizon League All-Freshman Team after scoring six runs and driving in seven in 24 appearances in his rookie campaign...collected his first career hit against Youngstown State on March 21...enjoyed a 2-for-3 day with three runs batted in at Oakland (April 25)...launched his first career home run against Milwaukee, a two-run shot on May 3...scorched a pinch-hit single and later scored against Purdue (May 12)...compiled a .366 on-base percentage while establishing himself as one of the team's top defensive outfielders.

Prep: A two-time letterwinner for Gary Remiker and the Dons...led his team in batting average, on-base percentage, home runs and slugging percentage as a junior while the Dons were voted preseason No. 1 in the country...named First Team All-Eastern League as a senior in 2014 in addition to claiming the Coaches' Award...recipient of the Kevin Madden Award...named to the Honor Roll...teammates with Brady Aiken, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 Major League Baseball draft...was also a four-time letter winner in soccer and lettered in football once...named Second Team Western League in soccer his senior season...played on the Italian National Baseball team in three World Championships (Korea and Taiwan twice) and winner of two European Championships.... named Most Valuable Player at the U18 European Championship... hit an inside the park grand slam in the final.

Personal: Giovanni is the son of Orlando and Mary Garbella...has a brother, Nico, a Division 1 baseball player as well and playing professionally in Italy...majoring in business...favorite movie is "Rocky"...favorite baseball team is the San Diego Padres...favorite food is anything Italian...favorite musical group is John Mayer...favorite baseball player is Tony Gwynn...hobbies outside baseball include music and the beach.