Cove Chatter 100: #22

Brian Ragira | 1B/OF, 21 yo, 6-2, 185, BR, TR | 2013 Draft – 4 | (AZL) 7 G, 29 PA, .357/.379/.464, .844 OPS, 0 HR, 1 BB, 6 K | (A-) 47 G, 213 PA, .263/.371/.391, .762 OPS, 3 HR, 26 BB, 54 K

The top college hitter taken by the Giants in the 2013 draft. Didn’t generate as much hype as Stanford teammate Austin Wilson, but he might have just as much potential. Like Christian Arroyo, Ragira is a former Team USA guy who stands out for his bat and arm. Ragira is an interesting case. You read one scouting report and your mouth waters. Read another and you get the opinion that his results will never match the potential. One example of that is his power, which he never really tapped into at Stanford, but came to life in the Cape Cod League two summers ago…the Giants really seem to take notice of Cape standouts. He’s an athletic kid who once played CF, but the reports I’ve read say he’s mostly looking at a pro career at 1B. So, which guy will show up – The one with the athleticism and power to stick at a corner outfield spot, or the 1B whose results on the field don’t match the expectations? Only time will tell, but I’d say his upside matches that of almost any position player in the organization.

They said it: “His best tool is his righthanded power potential and he has pure hitting ability, yet… scouts aren’t sure how much he’ll be able to tap into his considerable bat speed and strength. He lacks discipline at the plate, leading to high strikeout totals… He has lost some athleticism and probably is limited to first base. He has the hands and arm strength for third base or an outfield corner, but not the speed or range.” ~ Jim Callis, Baseball America

Ragira draft video:

Ragira at-bat:

Brian  Ragira

(Conner Penfold/Giant Potential)

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