P2Live: Pirates Trudge Through Lifeless Loss, Jun-Seok Shim Throws Four Perfect Innings in Pro Debut

The Pittsburgh Pirates signed right-handed pitcher Jun-Seok Shim out of Korea in January, with the young pitcher foregoing the KBO draft for a $750,000 bonus.

Shim, who turned 19 in April, was turning a lot of heads inside the organization with his first impressions in camp. He was hitting as high as 101 MPH, and was looking like one of the best pitching prospects on the field in a very deep system.

The 6’4″, 215 pound starter made his pro debut today in the Florida Complex League. He continued providing the hype, throwing four perfect innings with eight strikeouts. His fastball was sitting 94-97 MPH. The results speak for themselves. You can read more about Shim in the Prospect Watch below, after the game is completed.

The Pirates take on the Mets today, looking to build off their big win last night. Johan Oviedo takes the mound for the Buccos.



Game Time: 4:05 PM EST
Pirates Starter: Johan Oviedo, RHP (3-4, 4.29)
Mets Starter: Kodai Senga, RHP (5-3, 3.75)
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Projected Starter: Jun-Seok Shim, RHP (Pro Debut)


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By Jeff Reed

Final Score:  Mets 5, Pirates 1

Player of the Game: Johan Oviedo, SP (6.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K)


It was a Saturday snoozer for most of the Pirates second game against the New York Mets.

Neither side could get much of anything going offensively for most of the game. The Pirates were facing one of the Mets big off-season acquisitions for the first time, Kodai Senga. He utilized a six-pitch arsenal that kept the Pittsburgh offense in check after their 14 run outburst, incorporating a forkball which drew seven swings and misses, with only Tucupita Marcano able to put a 42.4 MPH groundball in play.

Connor Joe was seeing the ball well, and came within feet of blowing the game open. In the bottom of the third, he drove a 1-1 fastball with two outs and the bases loaded to the wall, but center fielder Brandon Nimmo tracked back and made a jumping catch at the wall to end the threat.

In the fifth inning, Joe hit a line drive to left center on which Nimmo once again stole a hit with a diving catch.

Through six innings, the Mets were only able to push across one run against Johan Oviedo on an RBI single in the third inning. While the Pirates registered only a run in the fourth against Senga with help from two Mets errors.

Former Bucco Starling Marte kicked off the seventh inning with an infield single to Marcano that he just beat out after Marcano took a split-second too long to get the throw off. Marte stole second with Oviedo striking out Brett Baty on the pitch, and then reliever Dauri Moreta came in.

Moreta struck out the first batter he faced, and after an intentional walk, he then gave up a two-run double to Mark Canha for a Mets 3-1 lead. Reliever Jose Hernandez entered to strike out the next batter, but the damage had been done and Oviedo ended his night throwing 6.1 innings with two earned runs against.

Colin Holderman pitched the eighth, and gave up a lead-off home run to Mets rookie catcher Francisco AlvarezAngel Perdomo took the ninth, and gave up a run of his own.

The Pirates weren’t able to generate any other offense, losing 5-1, with Andrew McCutchen still searching for hit 2,000 or his 400th double after going 0-for-3 with a walk.


By Wilbur Miller


Final ScoreOmaha 9, Indianapolis 5
Player of the Game:  Ryan Vilade 3-for-4, 3 RBI

Indianapolis went with a bullpen game against Omaha.  It worked well about half the time, but the rest of the time didn’t go well.  Cody Bolton started it off with two scoreless innings, giving up just a hit and fanning three.  Ryan Borucki also threw two scoreless innings.  Hunter Stratton, though, gave up five runs over an inning and two-thirds, on three hits and four walks.  Tyler Chatwood worked a scoreless inning and a third, but Daniel Zamora got torched for four runs in the ninth.  Two of those runs scored after Eli Villalobos entered the game.

Thanks to ten walks, the Indians had all sorts of scoring chances, but they went just 3-for-17 with runners in scoring position.  Ryan Vilade and Chris Owings had five of Indy’s eight hits, with Owings getting the only extra base hit, a double, as well as a walk.  Vilade had three hits and three RBIs.

Miguel Andujar and Henry Davis each walked three times, and Andujar also had a single.  Endy Rodriguez was 1-for-5.  Nick Gonzales and Aaron Shackelford had rough days.  Each went 0-for-5, and they stranded six and seven runners, respectively.


Final ScoreRichmond 11, Altoona 2
Player of the Game:  Liover Peguero 3-for-5, HR (6)

Altoona got routed by Richmond, 11-2.  Starter Aaron Shortridge recorded only five outs, as he gave up five runs in the second inning, four on a grand slam.  Nick Dombkowski and Omar Cruz combined for five and a third scoreless relief innings, allowing just one hit and two walks between them.  In the eighth, though, Bear Bellomy gave up six runs.

The offense totaled eight hits, but went 0-for-11 with RISP.  Liover Peguero provided one run with his sixth longball of the year.  The other scored when Andres Alvarez doubled and eventually came around on a ground out.  Dylan Shockley, Peguero and Alvarez, batting 9-1-2, each reached base three times, but they scored only the two runs as the rest of the lineup went 1-for-21.  Peguero and Shockley each had three hits, while Alvarez had the double and two walks.


Final ScoreWilmington 8, Greensboro 4
Player of the Game:  Will Matthiessen 2-for-3, HR (6), BB, 3 RBI

Po-Yu Chen had a decent start but Greensboro lost to Wilmington, 8-4.  Chen went five, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks.  He fanned six.  Once Chen was out, Logan Hofmann blew up the game in the sixth, allowing five runs, three unearned due to his own error.  Jake Stevenson, Jack Carey and Santiago Florez each threw a scoreless inning.

The offense was nearly all Will Matthiessen.  He drove in three of the four runs, one on his sixth home run.  He also singled in Tres Gonzalez, who’d singled and moved up on an error, and drove in Tsung-Che Cheng, who’d tripled, with a ground out.  The other run scored on a Sammy Siani ground out.


Final ScoreBradenton 7, Dunedin 6
Player of the Game:  Shalin Polanco 1-for-4, HR (9), 3 RBI

Bradenton took a 7-2 lead over Dunedin and just hung on to win.  The big hit was a three-run blast by Shalin Polanco in a five-run third, putting the Marauders ahead to stay.  It was his ninth home run of the year, all in his last 33 games.  Enmanuel Terrero also had a good game, with three hits, including a triple, and a steal.  Termarr Johnson was 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.  Nick Cimillo drove in a run with a double.

Derek Diamond started and made it through five innings.  He gave up four runs on five hits and three walks.  Owen Sharts threw two scoreless innings.  Julian Bosnic got the save for working the last two innings, although he gave up two runs, one earned.


Final ScorePirates 9, Orioles 4
Player of the Game:  Jun-Seok Shim 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K

Jun-Seok Shim made his pro debut, retiring 12 straight over four innings as the FCL Pirates stomped the Orioles, 9-4.  Shim fanned eight.  Of the four balls put in play, one was a weak grounder, while the other three were hit hard.  Braylon Bishop robbed one batter of extra bases with a great, diving catch.

Shim was consistently able to throw his fastball past hitters, but he didn’t rely that heavily on it.  He mixed his pitches constantly and showed surprising command for a guy who’s just a few months past 19.  His slider was his most effective secondary pitch and he was able to throw it for strikes much of the time.  His change also was effective.

Roelmy Garcia followed Shim and walked the first two hitters he faced.  He escaped his only inning with one run allowed thanks to an Oriole TOOTBLAN.  Gilberto Alcala made his stateside debut, starting off with two quick innings but getting hit hard in his third inning, leading to three runs.  He would have been worse off but for an out call at the plate that was probably wrong.

The offense benefited heavily from six Oriole errors, but Yordany De Los Santos, Esmerlyn Valdez and Ewry Espinal had good days.  De Los Santos had a single, double, and three runs scored.  Valdez had three hits and two RBIs.  Espinal reached three times on a single and two walks.  Each of the three stole a base.  Wesley Zapata had a triple and Juan Jerez a double.


Final ScoreBrewers2 7, Pirates Black 6
Player of the Game:  Samuel Escudero 3-4, 3B

The Pirates Black lost a seesaw game to the Brewers2, 7-6.  They failed to hold a 4-3 lead, giving up two in the bottom of the eighth, scored two in the top of the ninth to go ahead 6-5, then gave up two runs to lose in walkoff fashion in the bottom of the inning.

Bladimir Pichardo made his pro debut.  He was one of the Pirates’ top international signings this past winter, getting $750,000.  He went three innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out two.  Dariel Francia gave up a run over two innings and Luis Joseph threw two scoreless innings.  The rest of the relief pitching was forgettable.

Samuel Escudero led the offense, going 3-for-4 with a triple that put the Pirates ahead in the ninth.  Cristian Jauregui had a single, two walks and a steal, as well as two runs and two RBIs.  Joseph Sequera and Carlos Caro each had a double.


Final ScoreLAD Mega 6, Pirates Gold 4
Player of the Game:  Juan Machado 2-3, 3B, BB

The Pirates Gold lost to the Dodgers Mega, 6-4.  Victor Cabreja started and threw two scoreless innings, allowing a walk and no hits, and striking out one.  Luis C. Gonzalez followed and allowed four runs in the third.  Jesus Clode gave up two runs, one earned, over three innings.

Tony Blanco, Jr., gave the Pirates a brief lead with a solo home run in the first, his first longball of the season.  He finished 1-for-4.  Juan Machado and Edwarli Brioso each went 2-for-3.  Machado had a triple and added a walk, and Brioso’s hits were both doubles.  They’re both off to good starts, with Machado batting .353 with a .947 OPS, and Brioso .357 with a 1.009 OPS.  Brioso did, however, commit two errors, giving him six on the year.  Eduardo Oviedo doubled and walked.

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Please add Skenes


Looks like Polanco after a slow start is breaking out. Perhaps the pirates got one right!


Can he handle CF?


Bullpen blew it today, but at least the Brewers lost, too.



Maybe the A’s can pull off the sweep and make te Brewers look worse than us for a few days at least 😁


Why does Moreta throw back-to-back 84 offspeed 2-2 pitch to Cahna? Hung it and he hits decisive 2-run double in 1-1 game. Delay? Marin? Moreta should’ve shook it off. Just didn’t make sense there.


Turn out the lights 🎶

the party is over….

Last edited 3 months ago by PirateRican21

Cutch’s 2000th hit will be a walkoff 3-run bomb.


5-run bomb?


Colin is turning into Homerman.


Location, location, location.


Joe Block calling Kevin Young, “KY.” I dunno. There’s gotta be another nickname.


Always was a slick fielder!


Astro Glide?


Love seeing Hill mentoring to Oviedo after his outing. Hill is A pro.


I think Hill is having fun. And, given lack of SP depth, I’m having a hard time seeing how BC would flip him at deadline if Bucs are within couple of games of division or WC, even though I sure the plan was to flip him.


Agree. It would have to be a great offer for Hill to entertain at this point.


Score 1 run per inning & we have a chance…


Dammit, Moreta is human.

Not sure what point was of walking a .610 OPS guy in order to face a .712 OPS guy with some pop.

Last edited 3 months ago by bucsws2014

Unfortunately he is, hope the offense cab pick him up


Not just the Marte grounder, but I’ve noticed that Marcano’s arm is not the strongest.


Brock needs to bring him in a step or two when Marte and Nimmo are batting. Basic.


Good move to take Oviedo out now. The ‘Better one batter too soon than one batter too late’ in a close game Sparky Anderson school of managing.

Last edited 3 months ago by PiratePrimate

Mets defense is.. quite bad today.


Oviedo with a nice outing. Need some runs.


If feels like it has been years of not seeing the 3-6-1 DP, glad to see them again.


Where Have You Gone SeanRod.


What a DP!


what would Reynolds’ number be if you take the first ten days or so of the season?

Last edited 3 months ago by PirateRican21

If you dismiss everything before April 10, you get:


We need him to get hot and stay hot.


.937 OPS in April
.726 OPS in May
.686 OPS in June


Feels worse!


If I had the patience to really look at the numbers after his early season hot streak, I’m sure it would look a lot worse.


Look after extension compared to before. I’m sure it ain’t pretty.


Signed the extension on April 26. Numbers since then: .268.356.423.778, which means he had a really bad two weeks between the 10th and 26th.

Bigger question to me is his home/road splits are awful, he stinks at PNC, particularly as a RHB. His road #s have continued to be AS level.




Oviedo is cruising.


Once again it appears Shelton’s playing a different game than I’m familiar with.


Appreciate the charity, but that Met defense – oof.


Marcano is not allowed to bunt ever again.


A WTF moment for sure.


Especially in that situation!


I wonder if he did it on his own, cause I can’t believe that it came from the dugout. Marcano is capable of putting the ball in play there and the speed on the bases would’ve made it difficult to double up….


I’m surprised he gave such a poor effort.


Once again it appears it’s hard for Mets to play D with a fat wallet.


I feel like I’ve seen this kind of play from the Pirates 2-3 years ago quite frequently. Actually, they may have been worse because the pitcher would then give up bombs after the defensive miscues.


I have no clue what the right call should be but because the foul/fair homerun call was correct, I’m trusting the umps right now

Last edited 3 months ago by angie

I hear ya lol. I’m impressed by Jack to keep his head in the game and forget the home run call.


Wow that looked fair! So close


Ugh joe almost had a big one there for us


Thought Joe had a Big, Big, Big, BIG FLY there.


Marte chasing sliders…just like I remember.


Even Jobu can’t help you hit that pitch


Easy on my boy! Lol.

I wouldn’t mind some of his 5 WAR seasons in our outfield right about now…


I think he’s had only one. This year he is solidly a 0 war player…..disappointing I’m sure for Mets fans.


2013- 5
2014- 4.5
2015- 5
2016- 4.8
2017- only played 77 games
2018- 4
2019- 2.9
2021- 1.9
2022- 3.8.

What not to like? The Pirates have no one putting up numbers like Marte’s 4 year stretch.


Let’s go Cutch!
#2 ,000Watch


Which prospect hits Top 100 lists first?



Shalin Polanco.

Last edited 3 months ago by cardpunk

Pitcher seem to have an edge, so JSS.


Is this ydls yerry or yordany? Lol


Good point



I’ve been waiting for Shim actual results! With Shim, Jones, and Skenes…..we have the making of a playoff run in not too distant future.


Already giving up on Solomento and Bubba (among others)?


No we’ve got a few guys who could become #4 ’s or 5’s. But I’m most interested in the 3 I mentioned as becoming TOR arms.

b mcferren

today is super two day so that count down is over and we are officially procrastinating

so if Tank is going to get half his games in RF, that means Suwinksi plays center on those days and Bae plays second base?

while on the days that Tank catches, Bae plays center and Suwinksi plays right?

so what happens to Joe?

is the answer he goes to first base? what type of value does his .800+ ops have in trade? Do other teams know his career splits whos him turning into a pumpkin after july? Are there teams other than Toronto that are looking for an outfielder?

well, Endy will be playing first base on the days he is not catching and on the days he is catching then it will either be Joe or Choi or Santana?

and what about spots on the 26 man roster?

if half the games go to Tank catching and the other half go to Endy catching, then what is the point of Hedges?

Is he taking up a spot on the bench just for catching? Can we convince him to stay and just be a coach? Is that also the same plan for Santana? Would they still be allowed to participate in the swashbuckler dance at the end of the winning game?


Connor Joe has had almost one full season in MLB… you really putting that much faith into his “career” splits?

It doesn’t look like the plan is to have either young catcher playing in MLB anytime soon…

Why would we rush Endy up? He clearly isn’t killing it this season.

SD pushed Hedgey through the minors… hasn’t turned out great for him.




And yes, it might be cherry-picking after his 5-5 night but he’s now second among our position players in WAR at 1.4, and on track to be about a 3.6 WAR player for the season.


Not sure if you’re referencing fWAR or bWAR, but him and Suwinski are tied for team lead at 1.6 WAR according to the 4-letter network.


I went with fWAR since I was already at Fangraphs for the above article.

And it’s interesting for as bad as Suwinski can look in some ABs, typically against lefties, he leads the team in WAR.

Also, Reynolds leads the team in WPA and, appropriately, Cutch leads the team in FG’s Clutch statistic.

Last edited 3 months ago by TNBucs

I was pretty happy when we signed Shim. This article has me even more excited.

Wilbur Miller

More to come.


It will be interesting to see how they handle Shim. Had he stayed in Korea, he’d probably be pitching at their highest level which I think is comparable to AA. If he had signed with a Japanese league team, he might also be pitching at the highest level already, which I think is comparable to AAA (at least it doesn’t seem that unusual to hear about precocious 19-year-old pitchers in that league). I’m not thinking of aggressive promotions yet, but another couple of outings like this first one…

Relatedly, I’ve thought for a while that we have an interesting dynamic between our A and A+ teams–even pitchers who might be ready for A+ straight out of the draft or signed as IFAs probably benefit from not going right to a hitters’ ballpark like Greensboro’s–I wonder how often we hold pitchers back at Bradenton not because of the level but because of the park in Greensboro?


Question, anyway Jared Jones makes his way to Pittsburgh by August? The starting pitching has been destroyed by injury this year and I think they need Jones and priester. I hope Keller just had a rough couple of starts but is ready to turn it around. Then they need hill, Oviedo and Ortiz to pitch well around 4 ERA the rest of the way. Then hopefully contreas, priester or Jones can be the 5th guy? I can’t see them trading for a starter this year.

Last edited 3 months ago by Mblee24

Or the lack there of?


Waiting on the Gorski article….


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