“I am happy to have recruited Shim Jun-seok (19).”
On the 27th (Korean time), Shim Jun-seok had a ceremony to join the Pittsburgh Pirates held at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. The ceremony was attended by Shim Jun-seok, Junior Vizcaino Pittsburgh international scout and Max Kwan, club player manager.
An international scout from Vizcaino said, “I am delighted to have recruited Jun-seok Shim. The club has shown its will to secure the best talent in the world by adding a promising player like Jun-seok Shim.”
Max Kwan, a player in charge of the club, also explained, “Shim Jun-seok is a confident young man who likes competition and challenges. I was impressed with his size and ability to throw the ball.”
On the 16th, ahead of his graduation from Deoksu High School, Shim Jun-seok signed a contract with Pittsburgh as soon as the major league club’s international contract bonus pool was released. The total amount, including his contract and support for the club, is known to be around 1 million dollars (approximately 1.2 billion won).
Pittsburgh has a fastball with a maximum speed of 161 km/h, and did not miss the talent of Shim Jun-seok, who has excellent control of various breaking balls such as sliders, changeups, and curveballs. He has a strong physique of 194 cm and 97.5 kg, so local media in the US compared Shim Jun-seok to Park Chan-ho, a ‘Korean Express’ who won 124 victories in the big leagues. 스포츠토토
Shim Jun-seok, who became a member of the Pittsburgh team’s nickname, ‘Pirate’, plans to take his first steps on the American stage by holding an initiation ceremony at the home stadium.
In addition to Shim Jun-seok, Pittsburgh has Korean big leaguers such as Choi Ji-man (32) and Bae Ji-hwan (24). The fact that he can be with seniors who are playing on the highest stage is expected to be of great help to Shim Jun-seok in many ways.
On the other hand, in an interview for departure on the 24th, Shim Jun-seok said, “I am taking on the challenge not simply because I want to go to the United States, but because I have the confidence to do well and go up. I hope you will look at me with a warm heart rather than a stinging gaze.”
In addition, he could not hide his anticipation, saying that it was his first visit to PNC Park, where the initiation ceremony was held. Shim Jun-seok took his first step in the US with a bright smile.