Shim Joon-seok goes to Pittsburgh with Choi Ji-man and Bae Ji-hwan.
Shim Joon-seok (19), a “high school graduate” pitcher, will start his professional career in the Pittsburgh Pirates uniform in the Major League.
Pittsburgh announced on its official SNS on the 16th (Korea Standard Time) that it has signed contracts with 22 international amateur prospects, including Shim Joon-seok. MLB Dotcom, the official website of Major League Baseball, also reported on the same day that Shim Joon-seok agreed to join Pittsburgh.
Shim Joon-seok, who was born in 2004 and became an adult this year, announced the appearance of an ultra-high-class pitcher by spraying balls exceeding 150 kilometers per hour from his freshman year at Deoksu High School. This was also supported by the excellent physique of 195cm tall and weighing about 100kg. Although he failed to solve anxiety factors such as ball control and left a poor performance after entering the third grade, his potential, or “shilling,” was evaluated as the best motive.
Based on these observations, big league clubs evaluated Shim Joon-seok as a world-class prospect. It ranked 10th among all international contract candidates and 2nd among pitchers. He also predicted that he could grow like ‘Legend’ Park Chan-ho, who has 124 wins in the Major League 파워볼사이트
With Shim Joon-seok joining the team, the number of Korean players playing for the Pittsburgh franchise in the 2023 season has increased to three. Choi Ji-man joined Bae Ji-hwan, a utility player who has grown step by step in Pittsburgh Farm, in a trade after last season, and this time Shim Joon-seok will be in the same boat.