“Son of KBO slugger Hercules”…Kevin Shim signs contract with Arizona → officially joins team

Kevin Shim (21, Korean name Shim Jong-hyun), the son of the KBO’s home run king Hercules Shim, has officially signed a contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks.아톰카지노

MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball, reported that Arizona signed 16 draft picks and four undrafted free agents, including Kevin. The article did not disclose the signing bonus for each player, which raised questions, but a day later (on the 20th), the amount was revealed through a social media post by reporter Jim Callis.

“Kevin signed for $375,000,000 (about $475.12 million),” he said, adding, “He has good power and can play four corner positions. He is the son of KBO slugger Hercules.”

Kevin was selected by Arizona with the 148th overall pick in the fifth round of the 2023 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on April 11. He then signed a contract with the team and officially joined the team. His primary position is third base, but he can also play first base, left field, and right field.

As Kalis explains, he’s a power hitter. At the time of his signing, MLB.com wrote, “Kevin showed a lot of power this spring, hitting .298 with 13 home runs, a .401 slugging percentage and a .624 on-base percentage. He also has the ability to contact pitches in the strike zone, which should help him make the jump to the next level.”

Meanwhile, Kevin’s father, Shim Jung-soo, was a slugger who hit 328 home runs in his 15-year professional career with the OB Bears, Doosan Bears, and Hyundai Unicorns. In particular, he was nicknamed “Hercules” for his fiery long-hitting power that attracted the attention of fans, including 99 home runs in two years in the 2002 and 2003 seasons.

We can’t wait to see what Kevin will do as a professional athlete after inheriting his father’s blood.

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