Apr 1, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; A general view of the Kansas City Royals logo on seats with complimentary flags for fans before the Opening Day game against the Texas Rangers Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Royals announced on Friday the signing of 30 international free agents, including pitcher Marwys Jorge, the No. 49 prospect on the international Top 50 Prospects list by MLB.com.

Jorge is a 16-year-old right-hander from the Dominican Republic. According to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com, he has trained with Edinson Vólquez, a 15-year major league veteran who pitched for the 2015 World Series champion Royals.

Another member of the international signing class is 18-year-old catcher Hyungchan Um, whose father, Jong-soo, played one season with Atlanta’s High-A affiliate in 2001, reportedly making the Um family the first South Korean father-son duo to sign with major league clubs.

The 30-player international free agent class is the largest in franchise history, surpassing the 28-man class of 2022. The players come from six countries: Dominican Republic (16), Venezuela (eight), México (three), The Netherlands (one), Nicaragua (one) and South Korea (one).

“We’re proud of this group and excited to get them all in our system and help them achieve their dreams,” said Rene Francisco, the club's senior vice president, assistant general manager/major league and international operations. “We believe we have a strong mix of high-end pitching talent, athleticism that can play all over the field, and power.”

Royals' 2023 International Free Agent Signees
Player Position Country
Angel Acosta C Venezuela
Moises Amezquita LHP Venezuela
José Castro INF Venezuela
Darvin Cruz OF Dominican Republic
Lloyd Downs RHP Nicaragua
Asbel González OF Venezuela
Carlos González RHP Venezuela
Franquely Guzmán RHP Dominican Republic
Brandon Herbold LHP The Netherlands
Jorge Hernández C Mexico
Damian Jiménez RHP Dominican Republic
Marwys Jorge RHP Dominican Republic
Daniel López OF Dominican Republic
Johan Lorenzo RHP Dominican Republic
Augusto Mendieta RHP Mexico
Edgar Mota C Venezuela
José Paulino OF Dominican Republic
Angel Ramírez OF Mexico
Ramón Ramírez C Dominican Republic
John Reyes RHP Dominican Republic
Omar Reyes INF Venezuela
Darwin Rodríguez LHP Venezuela
Frandy Rodríguez RHP Dominican Republic
Marvin Rojas RHP Dominican Republic
Pedro Roque INF Dominican Republic
Julio Rosario RHP Dominican Republic
Sandy Ruiz C/INF Dominican Republic
Tony Ruiz OF Dominican Republic
Emmanuel Santos OF Dominican Republic
Hyungchan Um C South Korea