UPDATE: The Pirates have announced 20 other names in their international class.
Nicolas Carreno LHP- Barcelona, Venezuela
Carlos Castillo RHP- Las Mercedes, Venezuela
Ronal Gomez LHP- Jamundi, Colombia
Janderson Linares LHP- San Felipe, Venezuela
David Matoma RHP- Luwero, Uganda
Angel Perez C- Barquisimeto, Venezuela
Jonathan Rivero C- Los Teques, Venezuela
Miguel Rodriguez CF- Caracas, Venezuela
Joenelly Van Der Linden SS- Sta Cruz, Aruba
Andres Villafane CF- Cartagena, Colombia
Gimenez Yosmar SS- Ocumare, Venezuela
Joseph Sequera C- Reynosa, Mexico
Angel Aquino OF- Alexandria, VA (United States)
Keury Almonte LHP- Bonao, Dominican Republic
Dariel Francia RHP- Villa Altagracia, Dominican Republic
Cristian Jauregui OF- Cienfuegos, Cuba
Dioris Martinez RHP- Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Carlos Mateo RHP- San Jose de Acoa, Dominican Republic
Bladimir Pichardo RHP- Montecristi, Dominican Republic
Antonio Pimentel SS- Samana, Dominican Repbulic
According to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com, the Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to deals with a pair of international prospects.
The Bucs are signing right-handed pitcher Jun-Seok Shim and outfielder Raymond Mola. Shim is rated as the 10th-best international prospect while Mola ranks 26th.
Shim, an 18-year-old from Korea, is considered to be one of the top international pitchers available.
The 6-foot-4 righty features a fastball that can touch 100 mph and a 12-6 curveball that is already considered to be a plus-pitch. He also has a slider and changeup and shows a good feel for commanding his pitches.
Scouts who have watched him have compared him to Chan Ho Park, who pitched 17 years in the big leagues including with the Pirates in 2010.
Mola, 17, has solid tools across the board and projects to be an everyday corner outfielder in the future.
Scouts love the native of the Dominican Republic’s bat speed and makeup and feel he will be a solid defender with a good arm as a pro.