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Horan is Giants' first outfield Draft pick

Horan is Giants' first outfield Draft pick

Horan is Giants' first outfield Draft pick

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants grabbed an outfielder off the Draft board for the first time with their eighth-round selection, Tyler Horan, on Friday.

Horan had a big year leading up to the First-Year Player Draft that included leading the Cape Cod League in homers last summer. Power has never been an issue for him, because he has good bat speed and generates good loft.

The 22-year-old hit well during his junior season at Virginia Tech, but many scouts question how much Horan will hit in pro ball due to a good amount of swing and miss in his game.

This past season, Horan batted .342 with 11 home runs and 50 RBIs in 257 at-bats. However, he struck out 38 times while walking just 18 times.

Horan is a below-average runner and can handle left field, but he will never be anything better than average there.

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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