Foreigners on NPB Rosters (Pacific League)

Below are the foreign players on NPB rosters in the Pacific League. Teams can use four foreign players but a maximum of three can be position players or pitchers. Teams can not use all pitchers or all position players for their four foreign player allotment. On the 70 man roster teams may have more than four foreign players, but only four of them can be included on the active 28 man roster. For each game three players on that 28 game roster must be inactivated, so most teams eliminate the starting pitchers from the day before and the next day from the 28 game roster. The four foreign player restriction applies to the 25 man roster.

Softbank Hawks

Livan Moinelo (RHP) - A reliever purchased from the Cuban League he has had trouble finding the plate resulting in a 6.00 ERA in 8 relief appearances.

Dennis Sarfate (RHP) - The Hawks closer, the last four years his save totals have increased from 37, 41, 43 and 54. This year he has five but leg problems may limit his appearances early in the season.

Rick Van den Hurk (RHP) - The well traveled Dutch righthander won 13 games last year. This year he has started 2-1, 2.84 in three starts.

Yurisbel Gracial (Infield) - Another player purchased from the Cuban League he has spent most of his time in the minors, appearing in just two games but hitting .600 (3 for 5). In the minor leagues he is hitting .423.

Alfredo Despaigne (Outfield) - Probably the best player in Cuba on loan to the Hawks, makes it tough for Gracial to get any playing time with the three pitchers and Despaigne on the roster. Despaigne is struggling with a .167 average and three homeruns in his 16 games. Those three homeruns are his only extra base hits.

Seibu Lions

Fabio Castillo (RHP) - Decent ERA in his three starts (3.24) but his 13/12 walk to whiff ratio in 16 innings is cause for concern.

Neil Wagner (RHP) - Struggling in 6 relief appearances with a 5.06 ERA.

Brian Wolfe (RHP) - This is his 9th year in Japan, the first four with Nippon Ham, the next two with Softbank and his third season with Seibu. He has struggled in his three starts (6.57 ERA) coughing up 19 hits in his 12 innings.

Ernesto Mejia (1B) - Blocked by Freddy Freeman, this is the fifth year for Mejia in Japan. Last year was his least productive year with just 19 homeruns. This year has been a slow start with his .172 average and one extra base hit (a double) in his 10 games.

Nien-Ting Wu (Infielder) - The Taiwanese infielder has yet to play this year but his first two years carried a .202 average in 58 games.

Rakuten Golden Eagles

Josh Corrales (RHP) - Spent most of his time on the farm. In his one appearance he walked six in three innings for a 15.00 ERA.

Frank Herrmann (RHP) - Second year of bullpen work for the Eagles. 33 holds last year. He has been a bit more hittable this year (4.50 ERA) with 10 hits in six innings.

Japhet Amador (DH/1B) - Signed out of Mexico, this is his third season in Japan. The Astros signed him but when he did not make the major league roster in his second season he was returned to Mexico. Last year he hit 23 homeruns but a .234 average. This year he is hitting .254 with three homeruns.

Zealous Wheeler (3B) - The journeyman minor leaguer has found a home in Japan. His homerun numbers have increased from 14 to 27 to 31. In his fourth season with the Eagles he is hitting .268 with one homerun.

O’Koyea Dickson (OF) - Still has not played in the minor or major league team.

Carlos Peguero (OF) - In his third year with the Eagles, Carlos has gotten off to a slow start with a .185 average with 29 whiffs in 16 games.

Orix Buffaloes

Andrew Albers (LHP) - The Canadian is in his first year in Japan with two wins and a 2.25 ERA. He has struck out 16 in his 16 innings.

Brandon Dickson (RHP) - Brandon is a veteran of six years with Orix. The starting pitcher has never won more than nine or lost less than eight. This year he is 0-2 in his first three starts with a 3.06 ERA.

Chris Marrero (1B) - The former first round pick is in his second season with Orix. Last year it was an abbreviated season with 20 homeruns in 82 games. This year he has slugged five but is only hitting .203. His 15 RBIs is among the league leaders.

Stefan Romero (OF) - His rookie season last year Stefan slugged 26 homeruns. This year he is hitting just .188 with two homeruns.

Nippon Ham Fighters

Nick Martinez (RHP) - In his first year the rookie pitcher is 2-2 with a 1.74 ERA in four starts. He has two complete games.

Bryan Rodriguez (RHP) - Only appeared in one game but got winged for 9 hits and 8 runs in just two innings (30.85 ERA). Bryan has not been very effective in the minors (18 hits in just 10 innings).

Michael Tonkin (RHP) - Michael has two saves and two holds in his eight appearances in his first year in Japan (3.52 ERA).

Brandon Laird (1B/3B) - The slugger has hit over 30 homeruns in his three years for the Fighters. This year he has three with a .212 average. In two of his three years he has hit .229 and .231.

Oswaldo Arcia (OF) - In his rookie season he is hitting .295 with one homerun.

Lotte Marines

Mike Bolsinger (RHP) - In his rookie season he is 1-1 in three starts with a 2.04 ERA.

Kuan-Yu Chen (LHP) - This is the fourth season for the pitcher from Taiwan. In his only start this year he got blasted for 11 hits in four innings, three of them homeruns for a 13.50 ERA.

Edgar Olmos (LHP) - His first year in Japan has been spent in the minors (0.79 ERA) waiting for a foreign opening.

Tanner Scheppers (RHP) - In his first season Tanner could provide that opening (6.75 ERA) picking up one save and four holds in his nine appearances.

Matt Dominguez (3B) - His first year is also being spent in the minors waiting for a foreign opening (.250, 4 HRs).

Tu-Hsuan Lee (utility) - Played three years for the Hawks from 2012 - 2014. Four years later he is hitting .200 for the Marines.

Francisco Peguero (OF) - He has spent his first year in the minors hitting .295 with three homeruns.

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