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.
— Jesse Sanchez (@JesseSanchezMLB) January 15, 2023
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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When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.