Can right-handed pitcher Shim Jun-seok (19), who is compared to ‘Korean Express’ Park Chan-ho, earn more than 1 million dollars?
The American sports media ‘The Athletic’ reported on the 12th (Korean time), “The possibility of Shim Jun-seok signing with the Pittsburgh Pirates is growing.”
Shim Jun-seok, a former Deoksu High School graduate, drew attention with his fastball, which reached speeds of up to 157 km/h. He was highly regarded for his potential enough to be selected as the first overall pick in the 2023 KBO League Rookie Draft, but he chose a bigger dream. He expressed his intention to challenge the American stage, and he did not participate in the draft.
The media said, “Sim Jun-seok is a top-class pitcher who ranked in the top 10 overall in the MLB.com prospect evaluation (international amateur draft rankings last October). ) can be thrown close. He also has curveballs, sliders and changeups.” 스포츠토토
He added, “Shim Jun-seok is a player compared to Park Chan-ho. In 2010, Park Chan-ho finished his big league career in Pittsburgh.”
Shim Jun-seok is expected to be compared to Park Chan-ho, the ‘Korean Express’ who recorded 124 victories in the big leagues. Park Chan-ho joined the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1994 with a contract payment of 1.2 million dollars, and Shim Jun-seok is expected to receive a similar amount.
It is also noteworthy that the club that is interested in Shim Jun-seok is Pittsburgh.
The situation in Pittsburgh is also positive. On the 15th, you can invest $5,825,500 (approximately 7.2 billion won), the highest among the 30 major league clubs, in the signing pool for international amateur contracts. This is why interest is also focused on Shim Jun-seok’s ransom.
Shim Jun-seok entered the US market with Bora Corporation, which is headed by Scott Boras, who is called ‘the devil’s agent’. While he is expected to win a good contract, I wonder how much value Shim Jun-seok will be recognized for his talent.