Thread: International Baseball

Japan, Korea, Australia... anywhere else the game is played.

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You're welcome, Alex. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, as well as the rest of the Patton & Co. gang. We celebrated ours in quiet style back in October, so I'm going to spend the day reading, researching, and ranking. My go-to guy on everything Japanese, Jim Allen, posted this today. 

"Tomoyuki Sugano, perhapsJapan’s most consistent pitching star over the past seven years, will be allowed to negotiate with major league teams via the posting system this winter if he wishes, the Yomiuri Giants revealed Wednesday night according to multiple Japanese news outlets including Sponichi.

The 31-year-old’s calling card is plus command, poise, and a plus slider to go with an average to above-average fastball and split, and the consensus among scouts is that he will slot somewhere in between a No. 2 and 4, but would be a plus to any major league team’s rotation."

Sugano will definitely be highly sought after by MLB teams looking at a short-term upgrade in pitching. There is only one SP ahead of him on my Free Agent rankings, Trevor Bauer.  

Here's the link to Sugano's NPB stats. https://npb.jp/bis/eng/players/41745137.html 

Tim McLeod tlmcleod

Thanks for the links, Tim.

Here's another. Not sure why anyone would want to come to this country right now.

But happy Thanksgiving!

Tomoyuki Sugano (P) - Nov. 25

https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=761718

Sugano is expected to be posted by the Yomiuri Giants of Nippon Professional Baseball within the next two weeks, making him available to sign with MLB clubs, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Sugano has been scouted by MLB teams for years and delivered a 1.97 ERA over 137.1 innings during the 2020 season. The 31-year-old has a 2.34 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 8.0 K/9 and 1.8 BB/9 over his eight-year professional career in Japan. 

Alex Patton Alex

In addition to Arihara, the Fighters are also going to post centerfielder Haruki Nishikawa. "The Nippon Ham Fighters have agreed to post ace pitcher Kohei Arihara and center fielder Haruki Nishikawa, both 28, Sports Nippon first reported Tuesday, news that has since been confirmed by multiple outlets." Arihara will generate interest. Nishikawa, probably not so much. He's the prototypical leadoff bat. A very good one, but slap hitting speed guys aren't on many MLB shopping lists. Here are their career stats for your perusal. 

https://npb.jp/bis/eng/players/51155130.html

https://npb.jp/bis/eng/players/21225133.html  

Tim McLeod tlmcleod

Kohei Arihara (P) - Nov. 23

https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=761688

Arihara is expected to be posted by the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters this offseason, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: The 28-year-old righty has been one of the top pitchers in Japan for the past few seasons. As is typical of many Japanese pitchers, he has a diverse repertoire, throwing a four-seamer, two-seamer, slider, cutter, changeup and splitter, with the changeup serving as his best secondary offering. Arihara's best season came in 2019, when he cruised to a 2.46 ERA and 0.92 WHIP. His numbers slid back a bit this past season, though his 3.46 ERA and 1.17 WHIP were both fine marks. He struck out 19.4 percent of the batters he faced in 2020 while walking just 5.5 percent.

What's his spin rate, Tim?

Alex Patton Alex

The dream of witnessing Tetsuto Yamada plying his trade in MLB is simply that.....a dream. He has decided to stay in Japan, reupping with the Yakult Swallows on a 7-year $33 million deal. The next big bat we're likely to see heading our way from Japan is Seiya Suzuki, but likely not until 2022. Ha-Seong Kim will be posted out of Korea this year, probably right around Thanksgiving. 

Tim McLeod tlmcleod

I sure can, Alex. Sources for both KBO and NPB stats are below. You'll have to do some maneuvering, but they are very sortable and should provide one with everything they need and would like to know. 

https://mykbostats.com/

https://npb.jp/bis/eng/2020/stats/

Tim McLeod tlmcleod

Tim, could you link us to the final stats in the NPB and KBO?

Alex Patton Alex

Another amazing season with the glove for Ryosuke Kikuchi. "Hiroshima Carp 2B Ryosuke Kikuchi is the 1st player in NPB history to finish the season fielding at 2B with a perfect fielding percentage of 1.000. He played in 106 games this year and had 503 fielding chances without an error"

Tim McLeod tlmcleod
Nov 11

Lots of chatter recently about Tomoyuki Sugano of the Giants. The two-time Sawamura Award winner is having another stellar season, posting a 2.04 ERA and 14-2 won/loss record over 132 1/3 IP. The Giants posted their first ever player last season, Shun Yamaguchi, but that doesn't mean Sugano will be their second. The whole situation is complicated by the fact that his Uncle is the Giants Manager. It will be interesting to see how this unfolds, but should Sugano be granted a posting, he will be highly sought after by MLB clubs. https://npb.jp/bis/eng/players/41745137.html 

Tim McLeod tlmcleod
Nov 11

Matt Moore is having a solid year in Japan. He has kept the walks down and thus far he has only allowed five homers in 60 IP. Might we see a return to MLB in 2021? https://npb.jp/bis/eng/players/83785151.html

Tim McLeod tlmcleod
Oct 21