Royals land the jewel of the International signing period
After weeks of speculation it became official late Friday when the International Prospect League announced that the Royals have signed the #1 prospect in the international market this year for $3.05 million dollars according to agent Bruce Teperman.
Elier Hernandez a 5 tool centerfielder from the Dominican Republic becomes the highest paid international prospect ever by the Royals.
From Baseball America: ¬†Hernandez¬†has some of the best bat speed in Latin America. He’s strong but not bulky. He has the potential to hit for above-average power, but for now he has a level, line-drive swing. ¬†Though he’s a good athlete, Hernandez is an average runner and projects as a corner outfielder, with enough arm strength to play right field. Many scouts see him as a high-risk, high-reward player. “If the hitting comes,” said one international scouting director, “he’s a superstar.”
Checkout our Starting 9 interview with IPL Co-Founder Jim Sanson and his description of Elier here.
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