Royals agree to terms with 30 international free agents

January 20th, 2023

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—The Kansas City Royals announced today that they have agreed to terms with 30 international free agents. The 2023 class surpasses last year’s group (28) as the largest international free agent class in franchise history.

“We’re proud of this group and excited to get them all in our system and help them achieve their dreams,” said Royals Sr. Vice President, Assistant General Manager/Major League & International Operations Rene Francisco. “We believe we have a strong mix of high-end pitching talent, athleticism that can play all over the field, and power. I know our great fans will enjoy following their progress.”

Six countries are represented by the players in this class, led by the Dominican Republic (16), Venezuela (8), México (3), Netherlands (1), Nicaragua (1) and South Korea (1). The group features 11 right-handed pitchers, seven outfielders, five catchers, three infielders, three left-handed pitchers and one catcher/infielder.

Among the group of 30 is 18-year-old catcher Hyungchan Um, whose father, Jong-soo, played one season with Atlanta’s High-A affiliate in 2001, making the Um family the first South Korean father-son duo to sign with Major League clubs, according to the Yonhap News Agency in South Korea. Additionally, 16-year-old right-handed pitcher Marwys Jorge, who was the No. 49 prospect on the international Top 50 Prospects list by, joins the club. Per’s Jesse Sanchez, Jorge has trained with 15-year MLB veteran and 2015 World Series champion Edinson Vólquez. 

The complete list of Kansas City’s 30 international free agents is below: