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Report: Pirates Agree to Deals With International Prospects Shim, Mola



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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, 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.

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