Vice President/Assistant General Manager-Major League and International Operations
Rene Francisco is in his 13th season with the Royals and fifth as the club's Vice President/Assistant General Manager-Major League and International Operations. He was named Special Assistant to the General Manager/International Operations on Aug. 13, 2006 and promoted to Assistant GM/International Operations on Nov. 2, 2012. He was named to his current role on Jan. 5, 2015.
Francisco joined the Royals after working for the Atlanta Braves as Director of International Scouting in 2005. He returned to Atlanta after spending three years with the Los Angeles Dodgers as the Director of International Scouting. He initially joined the Braves in 1993 as an international scout, a position he held for three seasons before he was promoted to an Area Coordinator (Florida) during the 1998 season. He was the team's International Coordinator for Latin America from 2000-02.
Francisco attended and played baseball at Indian River State College and Jacksonville University before being drafted in the 38th round by the Chicago Cubs in 1989. The outfielder played two seasons in the minors before joining Palm Beach Community College as a coach.
He and his wife, Claudia, reside in Wellington, Fla. Their son, Diego, was selected by the Royals in the 40th round of the 2014 Draft.