“He showed amazing command.”
Shim Jun-seok, who plays for the Pirates of the Florida Complex League (PCL), a minor league under the Pittsburgh Pirates, said on the 11th (Korean time) at the Pirate City Complex in Bradenton, Florida, USA. He started in a match against a rookie affiliated with the Baltimore Orioles. It was his first official match after stepping on the American stage.스포츠토토
Last year, while attending Deoksu High School, Shim Jun-seok, who caught the eyes of scouts in the KBO League as well as in the major leagues by throwing a fast ball over 150 km, challenged the American stage ahead of the rookie draft. And he signed a contract with Pittsburgh for 750,000 dollars (approximately 970 million won) and crossed over to the United States with his dream of entering the major leagues.
On the 11th, Shim Jun-seok, who did not appear in an official game after going to the United States, stood on the mound for the first time. The result is a ‘perfect’ helmet with no frills. Shim Joon-seok threw 4 innings that day, throwing 8 strikeouts without any hits or walks. Shim Jun-seok literally ‘blocked’ the Baltimore rookie lineup until the 4th inning and went down the mound, and the Pittsburgh rookie won 9-4.
It was overwhelming from the start. Shim Jun-seok struck out Alfredo Velasquez in the first inning to create the first out, then struck out looking Leandro Arias and struck out Ryan Higgins to kick off the “KKK” start. And in the second inning, he struck out the first batter, Kevin Guerrero, and struck out four batters in a row.
Shim Jun-seok climbed the mound in the 3rd inning and struck out two, continuing his “flawless” pitching, and in the 4th inning, he met Alfredo Velasquez, Leandro Arias, and Ryan Higgins all in one hit, making the 4th inning “perfect”. After blocking, he went down the mound. Although he was at the ‘rookie’ level, Shim Jun-seok’s performance was definitely impressive.
Although he started at the ‘rookie’ level, the US’Pirates Prospects’, which mainly delivers news of Pittsburgh, also paid attention. The media said, “Pittsburgh signed a contract with right-hander Shim Jun-seok for $750,000 in January. He looked like one of the best prospects,” he introduced Shim Jun-seok.
Then, ‘Pirates Prospecs’ said, “Shim Jun-seok made his professional debut today (11th) in the Florida Complex League. He threw 4 perfect innings with 8 strikeouts. His fastball was 94-97 miles (about 151 mph). ~156 km)” and “one of Sim Jun-seok’s 4 ground balls was weak, and the other 3 were hit hard”, pointing out the content of the game.
Continuing the media, “Shim could have relied on his fastball, but he didn’t. He constantly mixed up several pitches and showed amazing command for a 19-year-old just a few months old. His slider is the most effective assist. It was a type of pitch, and I was able to throw strikes most of the time. The change was also effective,” he raised his thumbs up.
Shim Jun-seok threw a fast ball during his high school days and was evaluated as having enough ‘potential’. However, if Shim Jun-seok had the biggest problem, it was his control. There were often self-destructive games because the control was not sophisticated compared to the powerful balls. But looking at his first appearance alone, he seems to have improved even this.
First of all, the first button is well worn. Attention is focusing on what kind of image Shim Jun-seok can show in the future, after entering the KBO League and challenging the major leagues.