The Pirates Reach Agreements with RHP Jun-Seok Shim and Outfielder Raymond Mola

Jesse Sanchez is reporting that the Pittsburgh Pirates have an agreement in place with two top 30 international amateur free agents. Right-handed pitcher Jun-Seok Shim and outfielder Raymond Mola. I was able to confirm both players agreeing to deals back in September when Sanchez released his top 50 prospects list.

Today is the opening of the 2023 international signing period, which will run through December 15, 2023. Most players for all 30 teams will be signing today, but neither of these two players will be signing today according to my sources. The Pirates will be signing 12 players today from five different countries. The rest (ten more players) are scheduled for shortly afterwards. 

We will post scouting reports on the 12 players signing today once they become official. Check back for more info from today as it gets released.

Here’s a good video of Shim if you want to see what he’s all about. Reports out say he can hit 100, but I was told he tops at 101 MPH now.

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The attached video definitely displays the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of Shim’s game.

The called strike three pitch to the first hitter was pure 🔥! Unhittable!

Wilbur Miller

Good framing. Maybe they should look at that C.

Wilbur Miller

Huh, unless I’m missing something, nobody in Pgh is covering this at all.


Jun-Seok Shim doesn’t show up once in baseball America’s coverage, from what I can find.

Don’t you think the equivalent of a high school senior tossing 101 before the draft would get a bit of attention?

Wilbur Miller

You’d think, as he’s had coverage elsewhere.
I don’t think BA does so well with intl stuff these days.


I wasn’t going to press the issue, but since you’re calling out other media, I think P2 has been largely silent too. John has been linking his Sept. 30 article multiple times in the past week claiming he reported on Shim’s agreement. But that article states there was no agreement as 49 out of 50 top prospects have committed, only Shim hasn’t. ????


I may be caught up in the hype of this kid, but he already has Boras as his agent, the kid’s ceiling is as high as any Asian kid ever! Chan-Ho Park good comp, Yu Darvish even better comp!


Expected more attention as opposed to being held mid-major league season.


sleeping off Sunday pasta and gravy


I saw 154 on the radar. Just saying…

On a serious note, fastball looks live and that slurve has good movement. I may have missed it, but what other pitches does he have?


How much moola did Mola get? What amount will Shim shimmy down to the bank with?🤑🤑🤑


I like to think the pirates are actually being strategic and making Korea a “thing”.
Next offseason there is a highly thought of OF who would be ready for a major league contract. (Jung Ho Lee) and the following year or two another quality major league type player (not necessarily all stars but seems to be contributing players).

I’ll be staying tuned but optimistic this is purposeful and can supplement the squad over the next few years


That seemed to be the idea a few years ago when we struck it rich with Jung ho Kang. Unfortunately that didn’t work out long-term. I wonder if that makes Pittsburgh a more or less attractive landing space for Korean talent.

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Nice to see the Pirates continue to swim in the deep end of the pool of IFA’s.


Quality instead of quantity? What a concept!


2 nice looking prospect additions, hope to see them in 5-6 years in Pittsburgh


I just hope he turns into more than ‘a guy’, no matter HOW long it takes.🤓🤓


With how advanced he is do you think they could start him at Bradenton?

Wilbur Miller

I’ll be waiting . . . .


Looking good!




Didn’t get a harumph out of you, fella!


Harumph, Harumph!! sorry…..

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