Latest Posts

Flamethrower Shintaro Fujinami posted by Japan’s Hanshin Tigers, could be MLB reliever

- Advertisement -

The Hanshin Tigers of Nippon, a Japanese professional baseball league, introduced right-hander Shintaro Fujinami to Major League Baseball’s registration system. they announced on Thursday. Fujinami will now have 30 days to negotiate with MLB clubs. If he reaches an agreement with an MLB team, the Hanshin Tigers will receive compensation based on the value of his contract. (You can learn more about how the posting system and reimbursing fees work by clicking here.)

Fujinami, 28, has played for the Tigers for the past 10 seasons, amassing a 3.17 ERA and a 2.31 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 252 career games. He was once considered a top contender for two-sided Los Angeles Angels phenom Shohei Otani due in part to his impressive arm strength. Indeed, the Fujinami fastball dates back to the mid-90s and is measured in three-digit numbers. He also drops a splitter and a slider. Here’s what Ted Baarda of Sports Info Solutions wrote about him in November.:

The splitter was his best strike serve and his most used two-strike serve, narrowly beating his fastball in both two-strike usage and outs. In addition to a solid 34% smell rate, batters also struggled to do anything with the splitter when it was introduced into the game. His splitters landed 66% of the time, and his batters landed only 9% of hard hits on the field.

- Advertisement -

Fujinami has struggled with control issues throughout his career, taking over four walks in nine. As such, it seems more likely that MLB teams will consider Fujinami as a reliever. Of course, it only takes one team to think of him as a starter for his market to change in a meaningful way.

- Advertisement -

Fujinami is one of several NPB talents expected to join MLB teams this winter. comrade right-hander Kodai Sengai and outfielder Masataka Yoshida.

- Advertisement -




Source: www.cbssports.com

- Advertisement -

Latest Posts

Don't Miss