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While South Korea is not as well known as Japan for producing MLB talent, they are by no way inferior. This is because throughout the years, some of their top talents have been playing with MLB teams. At the moment, the best know Korean player is probably Hyun-jin Ryu who pitches for the Toronto Blue Jays. Today, a new player will be joining them as a Korean High School catcher joins the Kansas City Royals.

According to the latest sports news, Um Hyung-chan, a Korean High School catcher is joining the Kansas City Royals. Interestingly enough, the teenager is following in his father’s footstep in taking his talent to the U.S. This is because his father, Um Jong-soo did the same in 2001, by joining an Atlanta Braves’ Class A team.

The Ums are now the first South Korean father-son duo to sign with a major league organization.

Um Hyung-chan, a Korean High School catcher joins the Kansas City Royals

Um Hyung-chan, a Korean High School catcher joins the Kansas City RoyalsFor those who bet on baseball in Korea, Um Hyung-chan is not an unknown name. This is because the 18-years old catcher was seen as an early round prospect in the KBO Draft. His last baseball record comes from when he was playing for Gyeonggi Commercial High School in Seoul. At the moment, he has 101 2/3 innings as a catcher and thrown out 70% of would-be base stealers.

According to according to online sports wagering news, the Royals had shown interest in Um since his middle school days. This is because they thought highly of his fundamentals and leadership as a backstop. Furthermore, they gave high marks on his strong throwing arm and bat-to-ball skills.

In addition, Um Hyung-chan has solid English skills which is rare for Korean baseball player high school prosects.

With this deal in place, Um is the first South Korean catcher to join a major league club since 2011,

Many Korean-born Major Leaguers have come to America as amateur free agents. The latest top international free agent to play for the MLB is Korean star, he-seon Kim in 2020. He is now playing for the San Diego padres for a 4 years contract worth $25 million.

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