Kevin Sims, the ‘second son of Sims’, embraces the MLB Diamondbacks…”I’m lucky to have my dad’s skills”
Kevin Shim (21, born Shim Jong-hyun), the second son of South Korean professional baseball slugger Jung-soo Shim (48), has been drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks of Major League Baseball (MLB).
Kevin Shim (left) with his father, Jung-soo Shim, after being selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft. /MLB.com
The Diamondbacks selected Kevin Shim in the fifth round, 148th overall, on Day 2 of the MLB Draft on Nov. 11. There are 20 rounds in the MLB Draft.
Kevin Shim is the younger son of Jung-soo Shim, who made his name as a home run hitter in the 1990s and 2000s in the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO). Shim played for the OB Bears (now Doosan), Hyundai Unicorns, and Samsung Lions from 1994 to 2008, batting .287 with 328 home runs (1029 RBI) in 1450 career games. In particular, he made a strong impression on Korean baseball fans in 2003, when he hit 53 home runs while playing for Hyundai, competing with Lee Seung-yeop (current Doosan manager – 56 home runs at the time) for the most home runs.
Current Samsung manager Park Jin-man (from left), former manager Sun Dong-yeol, and Shim Jung-soo at Samsung’s induction ceremony in 2004. /The Chosun Ilbo DB토토사이트
After leaving the baseball field in 2008, Shim moved with his family to San Diego, California, the following year in 2009. Kevin Shim, the second of Shim’s three sons, was 7 years old when he started playing baseball in the United States. After graduating from Torrey Pines High School in San Diego, he attended the University of San Diego, where he really made his mark.
With his imposing physique (6-foot-2, 195 pounds), Kevin Sim played for the University of San Diego for three seasons. In his senior year, he batted .298 (141-for-42) with 13 home runs and 40 RBIs. His OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging percentage) was a whopping 1.025, showing off his instincts and ability to hit for power.
A poster announcing the MLB nomination of Kevin Shim, son of Jung-Soo Shim. /University of San Diego Baseball Instagram
“Kevin Shim is the son of a famous player (Shim Jung-soo) who was nicknamed ‘Hercules’ after hitting more than 300 home runs in a 15-year career in the Korean Baseball Organization,” MLB.com wrote in its introduction to Kevin Shim, “and Kevin Shim was also an exceptional long ball hitter in college.”
“I trained non-stop with my father, who was a top player,” he said, “and I was very influenced by him on and off the field. I am very fortunate to have inherited his skills.”