Shim Jong-hyun (21, Kevin Shim), son of “Heracles” Shim Jung-soo, who hit 300 home runs in his career, was nominated by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Arizona nominated Kevin Sim, a senior at San Diego State University, as 148th overall in the fifth round in the Major League Baseball draft held at Lumen Field in Seattle, Washington on the 11th (Korea Standard Time). The down payment is 421,100 dollars (550 million won).
Shim Jong-hyun is the second son of Shim Jung-soo, a big gun representing the KBO League. Shim Jung-soo joined the OB Bears (currently Doosan) in 1994 and hit a batting average of 0.287 and 328 home runs in 15 seasons while playing for the Hyundai Unicorns and Samsung Lions. He became the home run king (31) in 2007. After retirement, he moved to the United States to study sports psychology and settled down.
Shim’s three sons all played baseball with 메이저사이트 their father. Shim Jong-won (Jake), the eldest son born in Korea, challenged the KBO League by participating in the 2021 tryout, but failed to receive a nomination. The second child, Shim Jong-hyun, and the youngest, Eric Shim, who was born in the U.S., learned baseball from their father.
Shim Jong-hyun has received a lot of attention since high school. He was selected for the All-American team in his second year, and is highly likely to advance to the Major League (MLB). However, the draft was reduced due to COVID-19 and turned to college.
Shim Jong-hyun has played well since she was a freshman. He was selected for the West Coast Conference Player of the Week two times, the 2022 All-Conference First Team, and the 2023 All-Conference New Conference Team, and was recognized for his talent. Although he failed to play in the last game of the season due to injury this season, he had an excellent batting average of 0.298 with 13 home runs, 40 RBIs, and 9 steals. The main position is third baseman, but he plays several positions, including first base, second base, and left fielder.
Shim also wanted to play in MLB when she was a player. His English skills were so good that he could talk comfortably with foreign players. In 2003, he was invited to the Florida Marlins camp with Lee Seung-yeop to play in spring training games, batting .307 (4 hits in 13 at-bats) and one home run.
Shim Jong-hyun participated in the draft combine, which measures physical ability ahead of the draft last month. Shim Jung-soo, who was interviewed by MLB.com at the time, said, “I am living my childhood dream. “When I look at my son, I feel like I’m looking at an old picture,” he said. Now it is time for his son Shim Jong-hyun to realize his father’s dream instead.