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After skipping a round, SF tabs hitter in fourth round

After skipping a round, SF tabs hitter in fourth round

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After skipping a round, SF tabs hitter in fourth round

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants opted for pitching in the third round of the First-Year Player Draft, but quickly returned to their trend of selecting a position player with their fourth-round selection on Friday.

San Francisco selected Stanford first baseman Bryan Ragira with the 132nd overall selection. Ragira and teammate Austin Wilson formed one of the better offensive duos in the Pac-12 this season.

Even with Ragira's inconsistent junior season, he hit .320 with eight home runs and 42 RBIs after starring as one of the West Coast's more consistent hitters in his first two years.

He has some serious raw power, though it hasn't always shown up in games, perhaps because of the Stanford approach to hitting.

The Giants likely think some of that power will come once Ragira is a professional, as he did hit nine home runs with wood bats in the Cape Cod League last season, which equaled his total from his freshman and sophomore years at Stanford.

Andrew Owens is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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