Tue. Sep 26th, 2023

Shim Jun-seok (19) wore the uniform of the Pittsburgh Pirates of the Major League Baseball.

On the morning of the 27th (Korean time), Shim Jun-seok held an initiation ceremony at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, with general manager Ben Charrington and others in attendance. On the 16th, the fact of the contract agreement between Shim Jun-seok and Pittsburgh was disclosed to the local media, and on the same day, the Pittsburgh club announced the contract with Shim Jun-seok through a press release. Right-handed pitcher Shim Jun-seok drew attention as a promising pitcher by throwing fastballs that exceeded 150 km/h from his first year of high school. Last year, his third year of high school, he struggled with an ERA of 5.14 in 12 games, 2 wins and 2 losses, but his fastball, which reached a maximum distance of 157 km, was enough to attract the attention of major league clubs. In particular, Shim Jun-seok was ranked 10th overall and 2nd in the pitcher category in the international prospect rankings of Major League.com, the major league homepage. 토토사이트

Pittsburgh recruited Shim Jun-seok, whom they have watched for a long time, with a down payment of 750,000 dollars (approximately 900 million won). Pittsburgh is known to have dispatched scouts to every game Shim Jun-seok started.

The current Pittsburgh club’s expectations are different. It is unusual for a promising pitcher to hold an initiation ceremony. In addition, on the club’s SNS account, ‘Young Bucs’, a phrase in Korean was posted, saying, “Shim Jun-seok, welcome to the Pittsburgh Pirates.” “Recruiting a prospect like Shim Jun-seok speaks volumes about our commitment to finding and securing the best prospects in the world,” said Junior Viscaino, Pittsburgh’s international scouting director.

Shim Jun-seok looked a little nervous in the video of the signing ceremony released by the club, but soon smiled broadly as he hurrahed on the mound at PNC Park. In an interview with the local media, Shim Jun-seok said, “It was my dream to play in the major leagues, and I came here for it. A long awaited dream has come true. I still have a long way to go, but I want to be like Gerrit Cole (New York Yankees).” Cole was nominated by Pittsburgh with the first overall pick in the first round in 2011 and played an active role in Pittsburgh for five years from 2013 to 2017, and passed through the Houston Astros (2017-2019) and in December 2019 with the Yankees 9 years and 324 million dollars , opening the first $300 million era for a big league pitcher.

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