With two international players already signed, the Kansas City Royals looked for more talent outside of the United States in their first non-penalty year since overspending in 2015.
The Kansas City Royals had already signed two young, talented shortstops from the Dominican Republic. Wilmin Candelario signed for $850,000 and Omar Florentino for a bonus of $750,000.
They found more young international players that peaked their interest, both also from the Dominican Republic. The first is left handed pitcher Fraicy Breton. His signing bonus is not listed. The second is outfielder Jaswel de los Santos, who signed for a bonus of $350,000.
Breton signed a contract with the Kansas City Royals on July 2, and he was assigned the next day to the DSL Royals2.
Fraicy Breton has played in one game for the Dominican Summer League team. It was not really a stellar performance, but he is young. He was born in 2001, making him just 17 years old.
In 1.2 innings of work, he gave up four hits, three runs, and walked one batter. There is plenty of time for this young pitcher to develop and work his way through the minor league system. At 6’3″ 196, he is a good size to be successful if he puts in the work.
Jaswel de los Santos
Jaswel de los Santos has yet to play in a summer league game, but his signing was the most recent of the four international players. The outfielder trained with the JC Baseball Academy. Check out the videos in the tweets below to see his tryouts at the plate.
The Two Shortstops
These two players have not yet been assigned to teams that they will play on to start their baseball careers. But, they are all young. So, they are all set up for success, as long as they take well to the coaching.
We already gave a brief outline of these two players here, and we will continue to provide updates as these players work their way through the Kansas City Royals system.
It is hard to predict how teenagers will develop, but these players were signed for a reason. The Kansas City Royals believe they can turn into productive major leaguers one day. All we can do is wait and see.