June 7, 2013
STANFORD, Calif. - The San Francisco Giants plucked Stanford first baseman Brian Ragira in the fourth round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft. The junior was the 132nd overall pick in the draft Friday, as the three-day event concludes Saturday with rounds 11-40.
"Brian is a simply a tremendous student-athlete," Stanford head coach Mark Marquess said. "As a three-year starter and team captain, he has always been very valuable to our program."
Ragira started and played in each of Stanford's 54 games this season, leading the team with eight home runs and 42 RBI. Ragira hit .320 while fielding at a .933 rate. Ragira boasted a .375 on-base pct. and was second in slugging (.482).
Ragira paced Stanford in Pac-12 Conference play with a .344 batting avg. Ragira was second among conference players with 44 hits while driving in 25 runs with four homers. Ragira committed one error in 316 chances for a .997 fielding pct. and was second in putouts (300) and fielding double plays (24).
On the season, the All-Pac-12 performer had 21 multi-hit outings and posted both an eight- and nine-game hitting streak.
The Arlington, Texas, native was drafted out of high school in the 30th round to the Texas Rangers in 2010. Ragira entered his junior campaign as a preseason All-American and was one of three Cardinal on the Golden Spikes Award watch list.
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