Shim Jun-seok (19, Pittsburgh Pirates), the best prospect in Korean baseball, crossed the Pacific Ocean with the dream of becoming a big leaguer.
Shim Jun-seok departed for the United States through Incheon International Airport on the 24th. While he recently signed a contract with Pittsburgh for a down payment of 750,000 dollars (approximately 920 million won), he took his first steps as a professional player starting with an official signing ceremony in Pittsburgh this week.
Shim Jun-seok had a short interview with reporters before leaving the country and expressed his determination, “I am satisfied with the amount of the down payment. I just need to go up and collect the money (to the major leagues). I will succeed without worrying about the down payment.”
Shim Jun-seok, a right-handed orthodox pitcher, has caught the attention of major league scouts in the US as well as in Korea since his sophomore year at Deoksu High School. Based on his 190 cm tall physique and his natural shoulder that allows him to throw fastballs in the mid-150 km range, he has been evaluated as one of the top prospects.
Shim Jun-seok did not participate in the KBO rookie draft last year after thinking for a long time about his KBO league debut and going to the United States. He chose to challenge the major leagues in the United States, and from this year he will hone his skills in the minor leagues. Major League Baseball’s official homepage “MLB.com” is paying 헤라카지노
attention to Shim’s growth potential, such as placing him in 10th place in the international amateur prospect rankings.
There is a fixed amount that can be invested, and some say that the amount of $750,000 is by no means small.
Shim Jun-seok is also thinking of stepping on the mound in the big leagues by proving his value without dwelling on the down payment. Although the positions are different, it is a good thing for Shim Jun-seok that Pittsburgh has Korean seniors such as Choi Ji-man (32) and Bae Ji-hwan (23).
Meanwhile, Shim Jun-seok is scheduled to start training for the 2023 season immediately after attending the initiation ceremony held at Pittsburgh’s home stadium PNC Park on the 26th.