Shim Jun-seok (19, Pittsburgh Pirates) boarded a plane to the United States with the American Dream in his arms.
Shim Jun-seok departed through Incheon International Airport Terminal 2 on the afternoon of the 24th.
On the 16th, Shim Jun-seok signed a contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates of the Central Division of the Major League National League. According to local multiple media outlets, his down payment is known to be at the level of 750,000 dollars 메이저놀이터, which fell short of expectations.
Shim Jun-seok, who threw the fastest ball in Korean high school baseball last year, chose to challenge the major leagues without applying for the 2023 KBO draft. Since his freshman year at Deoksu High School, Shim Jun-seok has already attracted the attention of major league scouts by throwing fastballs over 150 km.
Shim Jun-seok was recognized for his potential when he was ranked 10th (2nd pitcher) in the international prospect rankings on MLB.com, the official major league website, in September of last year. At the time, “Shim Jun-seok is a pitcher who uses fastballs with a maximum of 100 miles (161 km) and an average of 94 to 96 miles (151 to 154 km). He uses all the pitches he has, including the curve that falls from 12 o’clock to 6 o’clock,” said the local media. has received attention.
Shim Jun-seok will attend the initiation ceremony held at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA on the 26th local time.