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Royals announce signing of Kaito Yuki, 16-year-old pitcher from Japan

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Kaito Yuki and the Royals came to an agreement this weekend.  (Source: Kansas City Royals) Kaito Yuki and the Royals came to an agreement this weekend.  (Source: Kansas City Royals)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

The Kansas City Royals have announced the signing of a 16-year-old pitcher from Japan. 

Kaito Yuki and the Royals came to an agreement this weekend. 

Yuki just finished his junior high season in May. He chose to sign a contract with the Royals rather than attending high school. 

“We are excited to add Kaito Yuki to our Organization,” Royals Vice President and Assistant General Manager of Major League and International Operations Rene Francisco said. “We are very much looking forward to seeing him get started in Professional Baseball next year. I’d like to thank and congratulate our Pacific Rim coordinator Phil Dale and our scout in Japan Hiro Oya for the tremendous work in identifying and signing this young man."

In a Kyodo News article, Yuki said he wanted to play professional baseball as soon as possible. 

"I wanted to play in the United States as soon as possible, rather than playing high school ball at Koshien Stadium," he said. 

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