Shim Jun-seok (19), a right-handed pitcher from Deoksu High School who chose to challenge the US Major League (MLB) instead of signing a KBO league contract, will wear a Pittsburgh Pirates uniform.
The Pittsburgh club announced on the 16th (Korean time) that it had agreed to a contract with Shim Jun-seok. Previously, MLB.com disclosed the status of international amateur player contracts with MLB clubs and said, “Pittsburgh has agreed to a contract with Korean pitcher Shim Jun-seok.”
The 30 MLB teams can sign international amateur players under the age of 25 (players over the age of 16 from outside the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico) from January 15, local time in the United States.
Shim Jun-seok announced his entry into the MLB early last summer. However, it took time to sign the contract. There is a limit on the amount of contract money for international prospects. It was only possible to renew at the beginning of the year, so the year had to change in order for Shim Jun-seok to receive the down payment he wanted.
On this day, the international amateur contract fee limit that Shim Jun-seok had been waiting for was also renewed. Pittsburgh was able to spend $5,825,500 (approximately 7.23 billion won) from this day to December 15 of this year to recruit international amateur players, and invested some of it in Shim Jun-seok.
Shim Jun-seok’s trip to Pittsburgh was expected. On the 12th, The Athletic, an American sports media outlet, reported that “the possibility 토토사이트 of Shim Jun-seok, who is ranked 10th in the international prospect list by MLB.com, going to Pittsburgh is increasing.”
MLB.com announced the news of Shim Jun-seok’s contract and said, “Shim Jun-seok throws a fastball with a maximum speed of 100 miles per hour (about 161 km) and an average speed of 94 to 96 miles per hour. “He controls his pitches well,” he said. “Shim Jun-seok’s slider and changeup are also getting better, so he can become a plus pitch (above MLB average) in the future,” he said. It does,” he said.
What remains is the size of the contract. MLB.com reported that Venezuelan catcher Ethan Salas, who was ranked first among international prospect contracts, signed a contract with the San Diego Padres for 5.6 million dollars (approximately 6.95 billion won).
Cuban outfielder Brandon Maeya, ranked 9th by MLB.com as an international prospect, signed a contract with the New York Yankees for $4.4 million, and Cuban outfielder Ariel Castro, ranked 11th, chose to go to the Minnesota Twins for $2.5 million.
Shim Jun-seok ranked 10th in the ranking. Even if not exactly the same, he has a good chance of getting a $1 million+ contract.