From Choi Hyun-il to Shim Jun-seok, minor prospects who give hope

Following Choi Hyun-il (23, LA Dodgers), and Shim Jun-seok (19, Pittsburgh), Korean baseball prospects who have challenged the big leagues are throwing hope.스포츠토토

Shim Jun-seok (19), a high school graduate, was noticed for his perfect pitching in his first appearance in the minor leagues. Shim Jun-seok, who was the ace of Deoksu High School, did not participate in the KBO rookie draft last year, challenged the major leagues and signed a contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Shim Jun-seok, who belongs to the Pittsburgh club’s Rookie Level Florida Complex League (FCL) Pirates, started the home game against the FCL Baltimore Orioles held at Pirate City in Bradenton, Florida, USA on the 11th (Korean time) and had 4 hits and 8 strikeouts in 4 innings. He pitched flawlessly with no runs. It was his first appearance, and his speed reached the second half of 150 km.

Shim Jun-seok is one of the key players in Pittsburgh’s selection training program. The fact that he started in his first appearance proves this. He is also receiving attention as ranked 24th in the Pirates prospect rankings selected by, the official website of Major League Baseball. Even in the US, Shim Jun-seok is already evaluated as having surpassed the level of the rookie league, so his promotion to Single A is expected to accelerate.

Choi Hyeon-il made a successful comeback before Shim Jun-seok and moved toward the big league stage again. Choi Hyun-il signed an international contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers for $300,000 in August 2018, while attending Seoul High School. He went 5-1 in 14 games in the Rookie League in 2019 with a 2.63 earned run average, and in 2021, he went 8-6 with a 3.55 earned run average in 106.1 innings pitched in Single-A and High Single-A, winning the Los Angeles Dodgers Minor League of the Year award. was selected as a pitcher.

Choi Hyun-il, who ranked 12th in the Dodgers prospect pitcher list in March last year, could not play properly due to an elbow injury. However, he went through rehabilitation and returned in May, recording 2 wins and no losses (average ERA of 0.82) until he started 3 games as a member of Great Lakes of High Single A, and announced his good health.

If Shim Jun-seok is the style to overwhelm the opponent with a fast ball, Choi Hyeon-il deals with batters with accurate control and a powerful ball. Both are still in the minor leagues, but they are throwing the ball vigorously, dreaming of a major league mound.

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