Scouting Report: 20th Round Pick Ryan Ripken, 1B, Gilman School

Scouting Report:

Ryan Ripken Orioles

Ryan Ripken

A chip off the old block with a similar frame, but is slightly more athletic that his father Cal Ripken Jr.  He is a tall, lanky kid with surprising strength and shows the frame to fill out into the 220-230 pound range, maybe even more.  At the plate, you are watching his dad from the left side.  He has the trademark ear hole hands, with horizontal bat head.  Rather raw on the national circuit and not a lot of contact with the best of his class, but still shows a solid batting eye against the competition.  He has an advanced approach that is compact with little wasted actions.  He shows the ability to pull along with the inside/out approach that could allow him to be a decent contact hitter down the road.  His size, strength, and swing path should allow him to show as an above average power hitter down the line.

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