The Athletic said on the 16th (Korean time), ‘A few years ago, the reputation of a young Korean high school pitcher, Joon-Seok Shim, caught the attention of Pittsburgh. After watching the pitching, the club officials decided to make a contract with Shim Jun-seok as the top priority.
Shim Jun-seok became a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates. He has a minor league contract, so he will start playing American baseball in the rookie league this year. In MLB.com’s international amateur prospects ranking this offseason, Shim Jun-seok ranked 10th overall and 2nd as a pitcher. Until now, there has never been a Korean player in the ‘Top 10’ in this ranking.
The Athletic said, “Shim Jun-seok, who gave up applying for the KBO draft in August of last year, immediately became eligible to advance to the major leagues, and his agent was Scott Boras.” His curve, which falls to , is his main weapon, and his slider and changeup are also growing at a high level.”
At the same time, Shim Jun-seok’s grades at Deoksu High School were also introduced in detail. In 2020, when he was a freshman, he threw 19 innings, posting an earned run average of 1.42 and striking out 32, and in 2021, after posting 14⅓ innings without an earned run, he suffered an elbow injury. And last year, he struck out 40, walked 22, and walked 12 in 20⅓ innings, but in August a microfracture was discovered in his big toe and he stopped pitching. 카지노사이트
The expectations Pittsburgh places on Shim Jun-seok are revealed in the scouting report.
Junior Biscaino, in charge of international scouting for the Pittsburgh club, said, “If I were to pick the top prospect internationally right now, it would be Shim Jun-seok. was,” he said. He continued, “Shim Jun-seok threw very strongly, but was not efficient. However, the trajectory of his fastball rises. It is because of the high speed and backspin.”
The evaluation of Shim Jun-seok is very positive. It is known that the Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, and Chicago Cubs, which have traditionally been keen on Asian scouts, are not as interested in Shim as Pittsburgh.
Why did Pittsburgh put so much effort into Shim Jun-seok? That’s because he hasn’t developed a reliable starting pitcher in recent years. 2017 is virtually the last time Pittsburgh has had an ‘Ace’ down 1 starter. Pittsburgh is where Gerrit Cole of the New York Yankees, the ace representing the major leagues, rose to the top of the list.
He went 12-12 with a 4.26 ERA in 33 games in 2017 before being traded to the Houston Astros.
The last pitcher to fill innings in Pittsburgh was Joe Musgrove in 2019, who also moved to the San Diego Padres in January 2021. In 2018, Jameson Tyyon and Trevor Williams recorded 14 wins and an average ERA of 3 points side by side, but Tyyon was traded to the Yankees in January 2021, and Williams left as a free agent.
Pittsburgh’s last postseason was in 2015. Last year, they were eliminated for 7 consecutive years with 62 wins and 100 losses. This year, along with the Cincinnati Reds, they are considered the weakest team in the Central Division of the National League. Pittsburgh is not a club that can afford to spend a lot of money to bring in a big free agent. He was consistent by raising prospects and sending them out as trades ahead of free agency.
It’s not that the farm is rich either. In the end, it can be seen as a mid- to long-term roadmap to develop Shim Jun-seok as a key player. If Pittsburgh’s direction does not change, the day may come when Shim Jun-seok is also in the limelight in the market. No, that day must come.