“I came here to fulfill my dream. I want to throw the ball as soon as possible.”
‘Monster rookie’ Shim Jun-seok (19) officially joined the Pittsburgh Pirates on the 27th (Korean time). Shim Jun-seok received the uniform number 49 at PNC Park, the home stadium of Pittsburgh, and signed the contract. He climbed the mound at the stadium and took a commemorative photo of him.
In an interview with MLB.com, Shim Jun-seok said, “I have a long way to go, but I am very excited to be here. I want to throw the ball from this mound as soon as possible. It motivates me a lot,” he said. He continued, “It has been a dream since I was young to run,” and “I came here to make that dream come true.”
MLB.com introduced Shim Joon-seok as an average pitcher of 94 to 96 miles (about 151 to 154 km) and a maximum of 100 miles (about 161 km), and he is also improving his changeup and splitter. Junior Vizcaino, Director of Pittsburgh International Scouting, said, “Shim Jun-seok’s fast ball has good rotation and speed, so it can give a feeling of soaring.” He said that not only is Shim Jun-seok talented, but he also possesses composure, which is impressive. 스포츠토토
Max Kwan, a Pittsburgh player officer, said, “We started recruiting after watching a video of Shim Jun-seok pitching on YouTube in 2020.”
Shim Jun-seok received a lot of attention from major league clubs with his excellent physique of 1m95 height and 110kg weight and his fastball. The MLB Pipeline, which looks at each MLB team and baseball prospects around the world, ranked Shim Jun-seok as the 10th international prospect this year. Shim Jun-seok also took up his major league challenge and recently agreed to a contract with Pittsburgh. His down payment is said to be around 750,000 dollars (approximately 920 million won).
MLB.com reported that Shim Jun-seok plans to move to Bradenton, Florida, USA after training with prospects in the Dominican Republic camp. When the season begins, he is expected to play in the Florida Complex League, a minor league rookie league.