To make the move like Ohtani did from Japanese to American baseball, a player must either become a free agent by completing nine years of service with NPB or be posted by their team to MLB. Here are seven other players from Japan to keep an eye on. Kikuchi even played for the same high school baseball team in Iwate prefecture as Ohtani, although he graduated before Ohtani joined. While their roles may now seem a bit reversed, with Ohtani breaking into the MLB before Kikuchi, the current Lions pitcher is sure to cause a stir when he hits free agency in In his breakout season, he set the NPB record for most home runs by a second baseman, led his team which had sat at the bottom of the league the previous two seasons all the way to the Japan Series, and was named the Central League Most Valuable Player. A post shared by aiko okiasswitch on Mar 1, at am PST.
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MLB teams looking for pitching this offseason i. The formal posting process is expected to take place in the coming days. Kim, 31, broke into KBO as an year-old in and he has been among the league's best starters throughout his career. He missed the entire season with Tommy John surgery and he has not missed a beat since returning. Here are his last two years:. The KBO averages in were a 4.
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Dominating on the mound with his triple-digit-tickling fastball, vicious slider and hard-tumbling splitter, Ohtani also hit. Suzuki set a high bar as the first Japanese position player to cross the Pacific with an MLB contract, in The international hit king went on to slap 3, major league hits through last season and ranks third all-time with 4, total. Before Suzuki, only pitchers — 10 in all, the most successful being National League Rookie of the Year Hideo Nomo — had made the move.
The most renowned shuuto pitcher in history was Masaji Hiramatsu , whose famous pitch was dubbed the razor shuuto because it seemed to " cut the air" when thrown. The pitch is mainly designed to break down and in on right-handed batters , to prevent them from making solid contact with the ball. It can be thrown to left-handers to keep them off balance.