Pitchers Sweep Japan Awards - Kaneko Wins MVP of Pacific

Chihiro Kaneko won the MVP award of the Pacific League. There was some thought he would be going to the major leagues as a free agent or be posted, but after having minor elbow surgery and probably receiving very little interest from major league teams it appears he has decided to stay in Japan. Kaneko finished 16-5, 1.90 ERA to lead the Orix Buffaloes to the playoffs. He is still sorting through offers from Japan teams before making a decision where to play, having given up for this year a major league try. One of the conditions he is considering including in his contract is a provision that the Japanese team who signs him would have to agree to post him next season for the 2016 major league season.

Ayumu Ishikawa of the Chibba Lotte Marines was voted the rookie of the year in the Pacific League. Ishikawa finished 10-8, 3.43 ERA in his first year of NPB action. Ayumu was a first round pick last year by both the Giants and Marines. The Marines won the lottery for his services.

The MVP of the Central League was given to Tomoyuki Sugano, a right handed pitcher for the Yomiuri Giants. Tomoyuki finished 12-6 with a 2.33 ERA. That was good enough to be tops in the Central League in the ERA race.

The Hiroshima Carp had righthanded pitcher Daichi Osera win the rookie of the year awards. Daichi finished 10-8 with a 4.05 ERA. Daichi was also a first round pick last year, selected by three teams, with the Hiroshima Carp winning the drawing for his services.

See below link for complete list of all the award winners in Japan:


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