Shim Joon-seok (19), who took on the challenge of major league after graduating from high school, wore the Pittsburgh uniform as expected.
Jesse Chavez of Major League Baseball’s official website (MLB.com) reported on the 16th (Korean time) that “Pittsburgh and Shim Jun-seok have agreed to a contract.” Although the specific conditions, such as the down payment, were not known, it seems that he took the hand of Pittsburgh, which was the most active for him.
Sim Joon-seok, who has received a lot of attention since his freshman year at Deoksu High School for his overwhelming physical condition and strong shoulder capable of throwing more than 150 km per hour, chose to challenge the major leagues instead of going to the 2023 KBO League draft. Although his grades in his most important third year were not very good, he had already worked with Boras Corporation, the largest agency in the major leagues, and tried to advance to the United States.
In the end, Shim Jun-seok, who did not appear in the KBO draft, continued negotiations with major league clubs, and signed a contract with Pittsburgh as soon as January 15 (local time) when the international player contract bonus pool was initialized.
Shim Jun-seok was evaluated as the best pitching prospect in the international player 안전놀이터 market this time. In November of last year, the MLB.com official website put Shim Jun-seok in the 10th place among international prospects and the 2nd place in terms of pitchers, and received good reviews. His childhood achievements were reminiscent of those of Park Chan-ho, the ‘Korean Express’, and he gauged local attention with positive reviews.
Locally, since he already has a fast fastball and a high-quality curve, the key is whether he can make other pitches such as sliders and changeups into ‘plus pitches’. As he is still a promising player with a lot of time left, it seems that he will take steps step by step.
Pittsburgh currently has Choi Ji-man and Bae Ji-hwan, and is familiar with Korea as a team where Kang Jung-ho played. Bae Ji-hwan also joined Pittsburgh through an international contract, and the contract at the time was $1.25 million. In Pittsburgh, Park Chan-ho, Kang Jung-ho, Park Hyo-joon, and Bae Ji-hwan played in the major leagues, and Choi Ji-man is on standby this year. Attention is focusing on whether Shim Jun-seok can become the 6th player.