“It’s in my blood!” Shim Jung-soo’s second son to enter ML? Draft Combine rave reviews…average bat speed of ‘163 km/h’ 1st overall
“The blood of Korean Hercules has been passed down!”
328 home runs in the KBO. A rival of Lee Seung-yeop, the ‘National Hitter’ and one of Korea’s greatest sluggers.
The son of ‘Hercules’ Shim Jung-soo is challenging for the major leagues. He’s even attracting attention.
The MLB office held the first day of the Draft Combine on July 21 (KST) at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona.
MLB.com highlighted Shim’s second son, Jong-hyun Shim (21-Kevin Shim), in its Draft Combine feature. The combine is a showcase for draft-eligible prospects to show off their talents in front of scouts from 30 teams.먹튀검증
Sim, a junior at the University of San Diego, was named one of the top seven standouts of the day by the media. His average bat speed of 101.5 miles per hour (163 kilometers per hour) ranked first overall among hitters. He’s already ranked 191st overall on MLB.com’s list of top draft prospects.
Photo: MLB.com Draft Combine video capture
At 6’2″ (approx. 1.89m) tall and 210 pounds (approx. 95.3kg), he has an imposing physique. Shim is listed as an outfielder and first baseman (OF/1B). He is known to play first, third, and corner outfield positions.
According to the media, “Shim earned the nickname “Hercules” after hitting 328 home runs in the KBO, and that power has been passed down to his son. Kevin Shim’s average bat speed of 101.5 mph ranks first overall, and 16 of his 19 batted balls were hard hits (95+ mph).
Shim was born in 2002 in Daegu, South Korea. His family immigrated to the United States when he was 7 years old and he grew up playing baseball in the United States.
Photo via Jong-hyun Shim’s social media
His high school career was highly anticipated, as he was named to the All-American Academic Team for four consecutive years from 2017-2020. Last year, as a sophomore at the University of San Diego, he was named to the first team of his collegiate baseball region (WCC) after batting .292 (66-for-226) with 12 home runs, 57 RBIs, and an OPS of .914.
This year has been a slight dip from last year. He’s batting 23-for-9 with six doubles, six home runs, 21 RBIs, and an OPS of .846. However, he has the potential to play in the major leagues because of his power, delivery, and quickness.
Photo by Shim Jong-hyun SNS
Previously, Shim’s first son, Shim Jong-won (26), tried out for the 2021 KBO Draft. He prepared for the tryout by playing for the Yeoncheon Miracle in the independent league, but unfortunately, he was not selected and enlisted in the military.
In his prime, Shim was hailed as a “major league-caliber” slugger, comparable to Lee Seung-yeop. His career high in 2003 (when he played for the Hyundai Unicorns), he batted .333 with 53 home runs, 142 RBIs, and a 1.197 OPS. Can Jong-hyun Shim fulfill his father’s dream of playing in the big leagues?