With the possibility of high school top pitcher Shim Jun-seok joining the Pittsburgh Pirates increasing, the Pittsburgh fan site ‘Lum Butter’ welcomed the arrival of a big rookie. 

Shim Jun-seok, the pitcher who throws the fastest ball in high school, chose to challenge the major leagues without applying for the 2023 KBO draft.  스포츠토토

In his freshman year of high school, he already drew the attention of major league scouts by throwing a fastball over 150 km. In March of last year, he signed with Scott Boras, a major league super agent, and began his advance into the United States in earnest. With this selection by Shim Jun-seok, his first-choice honor went to Seoul High School Kim Seo-hyun (Hanwha).

Lumberter said on the 10th (hereinafter Korean time), “It seems that Pittsburgh will add another international prospect this season. A few weeks ago, Fangraphs.com predicted that Pittsburgh would sign a promising Korean pitching prospect, Shim Jun-seok,” and said, “According to Korean sources, Shim Jun-seok will sign with Pittsburgh.” 

‘Lum Butter’ highly praised Shim Jun-seok’s ability. He introduced that he was excellent in both physical condition and speed, and was selected as the 10th best prospect in the MLB pipeline 2023. 

Also, “I throw a fast ball that exceeds 100 mph at the top speed and consistently throws an average of 94 to 96 mph. He throws every pitch well, including a curveball that drops from 12 to 6 o’clock. In addition, due to his large and strong physique, his arm condition is good and his motor skills are evaluated as excellent.” 

“Lumberter” said, “Shim Jun-seok was expected to be the first pick in the KBO draft, but he did not participate in the draft, declaring that he would advance to the major leagues. I think Pittsburgh will benefit from that. This is a huge opportunity for a team that needs to keep recruiting talent.”

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