College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2013 college baseball season by checking in on the Top 100 Players in the country. We will be adding players day-by-day until we get to number one!
Number 18 on our Top 100 Countdown is Stanford’s Brian Ragira. The 6’2 first baseman from Arlington, Texas was selected in the 30th round of the 2010 MLB Draft by the Texas Rangers.
Ragira had a fantastic freshman season for the Cardinal as he appeared in 56 games including 54 starts, as he hit .329 with 46 RBI, 31 runs, seven doubles, five triples and four home runs. His success earned him a variety of awards including Honorable Mention All-Pac-10, First Team Freshman All-American honors and the title of Pac-10 Freshman of the Year.
His success continued into his sophomore season as he batted a team-high .329 with 50 RBI, 15 doubles, five home runs and a slugging percentage of .448. He was named an Honorable Mention All-Pac-12 selection as well as a Stanford Regional All-Tournament selection.
From a scouting perspective, Ragira is a solid hitter with a smooth, easy swing. Ragira is very athletic and is seen by some scouts as more of an outfielder than a first baseman. However, his selling point is definitely his bat. He is a consistent hitter and his mechanics are solid and he still continues to improve on them. Projected as a potential first rounder, Ragira is one of the top returning players in the Pac-12 and one of the top players to watch for in 2013.