The Royals took Puerto Rico talent Ryan Cepero in the 8th round. Cepero is a product of the Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy. He is 6’1″ and committed to Florida Southwestern State Community College.
Cepero is a right-handed hitter who is known more for his defense. That does not mean he is a defensive only prospect though. Cepero has a strong bat with good contact skills. He is a strong fielder with an arm up to 94 across the infield. Cepero ran a 6.4 60 yard dash according to Perfect Game. He has a balanced swing with a little bit of a leg kick.
The Royals hope Cepero will continue to hit and be able to use his elite speed offensively. Defensively he can make any play needed and has the arm to throw guys out from deep in the hole. He is another young guy with a very high ceiling.
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