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June 6, 2012

Bears third baseman picked by local club



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California junior third baseman Mitch Delfino has a big decision to make.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder was taken Wednesday morning in the 20th round with the 628th overall pick by the San Francisco Giants, the childhood favorite team of the Bears' 2012 hitting leader.

Delfino had been expected to go anywhere between the 10th and 12th round, but he had hoped to be taken before the 15th. Now that he's been picked up in the 20th, the decision whether to return to Berkeley or head off to the Giants' minor leagues will have to be made.

Last season, Delfino hit a career-high .355 (71-for-200) with 28 runs scored, 11 doubles, 38 RBI and a career-best five home runs. For much of the season, Delfino hit over .500 with runners in scoring position, and despite a late-season slide, still finished with a .394 mark in those situations (26-for-66).

Delfino -- a third baseman by trade -- spent the last half of the season at first base because of arm trouble, which caused him to more than double his career errors total (11 career, 17 in 2012).

However, that arm trouble subsided enough in the final five games for him to return to the hot corner. Delfino played four of the last five games at third, committing two errors in 45 innings, including a mistake-free 18-inning affair against Stanford. Over that span, Delfino tallied nine assists and one putout.

In his career, Delfino is hitting .309 (144-for-465), with 10 home runs, 70 RBI and 28 doubles.


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