Garrett Olson pitched in the Major Leagues for six seasons with the Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Mets, compiling a 14-22 win-loss record and 6.26 ERA.
At the time, he was Cal Poly’s second-highest draft pick, selected in the first round’s compensatory round (48th overall) in 2005.
A first-team All-Big West Conference pick in 2005, Olson won 12 games that year, which was a school record at the time (since broken by Joey Wagman in 2013). Olson is No. 6 in career wins (24) and No. 3 in career strikeouts (287) at Cal Poly and also is No. 3 in single-season strikeouts with 128 in 2005.
He was selected to the All-Alaska Baseball League Team in 2004 for the Anchorage Bucs and, after his Major League career, pitched one season for the Doosan Bears in Seoul, South Korea. Olson played in the 2007 MLB All-Stars Futures Game.
A graduate of Cal Poly in mechanical engineering, he currently works for Solar Turbines in San Diego as a rotordynamics design engineer with gas turbine products. Olson also has worked with Pilgrim Radio as a Christian radio broadcaster and with Reality Sports as a member of the Board of Directors with the Sports Christian Ministry.
Olson and his wife Tamara have one daughter, Avery.