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04/02/09 7:05 PM ET

Royals sign Korean catcher Jin-ho

Teenager will report to Arizona instructional league next fall

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Royals have signed catcher Shin Jin-ho, believed to be the first Korean player in the organization.

Jin-ho, 17, will finish high school and report to the Arizona instructional league next fall, according to Rene Francisco, the Royals' special assistant to the general manager, international operations.

"He's 6-3, 190 pounds with good power and agile for his size," Francisco said. "You know how hard catching is to find, so if you find ability, you want to try it."

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.