Foreign Players NPB Central

Below are the foreign players on NPB rosters in the Central 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 starting pitcher for the next day from the 28 game roster. The four foreign player restriction applies to the final 25 man roster.

Hiroshima Carp

Leonel Campus (RHP) - Pitching down on the farm. Has a 4.50 ERA but given up three homeruns in six innings.

Jay Jackson (RHP) - This is his third season in a setup role for the Carp. Strung together over 30 holds his first two seasons and has seven holds in 9 appearances this year. He has given up six walks and two homeruns in just nine innings but has a 2.00 ERA.

Kris Johnson (LHP) - His fourth year starting for the Carp. Kris won in double digits his first two years but injuries last year limited him to 13 starts. This year he has gotten off to a good start (2-1, 2.37) with only one walk in 21 innings.

Brad Eldred (1B) - The streaky hitter is the Carp’s power bat. In a 144 game season he has yet to play more than 118 games. This year he is hitting .195 with three homeruns.

Xavier Batista (OF) - He played in a part time role last year (61 games) but hit 11 homeruns. This year he has only gotten into four games with a .214 average. In the minors he has bashed six homeruns in 22 games. Playing time limited by the foreign restriction.

Hanshin Tigers

Rafael Dolis (RHP) - The Tigers closer saved 37 games last year. This year he has saved seven games with a 2.00 ERA.

Yen-Ching Lu (LHP) - Down on the farm he has appeared in one game, pitching one inning and giving up three runs.

Marcus Mateo (RHP) - He was the Tigers closer until Dolis arrived on the scene. In his third Tiger season he is the setup man with 36 holds last year and four this year, but an unkind 5.40 ERA.

Randy Messenger (RHP) - In his ninth season with the Tigers and now considered Japanese he is 3-1 with a 1.99 ERA. He has 87 career Japanese wins.

Diego Moreno (RHP) -Toiling in the minor leagues waiting for an opportunity.

Wilin Rosario (DH) - After destroying pitchers in the KBO Wilin is finding the NPB a bit more challenging, hitting .242 with just one homerun.

Yokohama Bay Stars

Edison Barrios (RHP) - After pitching four seasons with the Hawks, with 2015 at 30 appearances his most activity, Barrios chose to sign with the Bay Stars for the 2018 season, moving from bullpen to starting rotation where he is 2-1, 2.76 ERA.

Edwin Escobar (LHP) - His first year was split between the Fighters and Bay Stars. In nine appearances he has walked six hitters in seven innings, putting his ERA at 3.86.

Spencer Patton (RHP) - The setup man has four holds but a 6.35 ERA. Last year he strung together 27 holds and a 2.70 ERA.

Joe Wieland (RHP) - Pitched last year for the Bay Stars, getting 21 starts, winning ten games with a 2.98 ERA. Rehabbing in the minors to begin the 2018 season.

Jose Lopez (2B) - In his sixth season, the first two with the Yomiuri Giants. His bat has come to life with the Bay Stars with 64 homeruns his last two seasons. This year he has slugged three with a .323 average.

Yomiuri Giants

Arquimedes Caminero (RHP) - The hard thrower has been thrown in their closer role. Winning has not come often so his opportunities to close this year have been limited (2 saves). This is his second season with the Giants.

Taylor Jungmann (RHP) - The first year player is seeing life in the minor leagues waiting for a foreign slot to open.

Jen-Lei Liao (RHP) - Another minor league arm being used in the bullpen.

Scott Mathieson (RHP) - The hard throwing Canadian righty is in his seventh season with the Giants. He has bounced around between being a closer and setup man, but has settled into the role as setup. He has not given up a run in four appearances.

Casey McGehee (3B) - His first year he played with the Rakuten Golden Eagles and in his second year with the Giants. Last year his production dropped from 93 RBIs to 77. This year he is scuffling with a .239 average and two homeruns.

Alex Guerrero (2B/outfield) - After failing with the Dodgers, the Cuban played for Chunichi last year and led the league in homeruns (35). This year his power has been quiet (two homeruns) with a .281 average.

Chunichi Dragons

Onelki Garcia (LHP) - Another Cuban who failed with the Dodgers and White Sox. He is 2-0 with a 1.46 ERA in three appearances covering 12 innings for the Dragons.

Dillion Gee (RHP) - The Mets rotation was a bit crowded so Dilllon signed with the Dragons. In three starts he is 0-3 with a 3.68 ERA but the last couple years the Dragons have had trouble winning.

Raidel Martinez (RHP) - A developmental player pitching well in the minors (0.75 ERA).

Dayan Viciedo (DH) - The Cuban slugger is hitting .259 with three homeruns. The last two years with the Dragons he has hit 40 homeruns. He needs to pick it up more or Steven Moya will be given more of an opportunity.

Steven Moya (OF) - In his first year in Japan he got into his first game yesterday and hit .800 in five at bats, with three RBIs. Down on the farm he was hitting .377. That bat needs to get in the Dragon lineup more consistently.

Yakult Swallows

David Buchanan (RHP) - His second year with the Swallows he is 2-0, 1.61 ERA in four starts.

Matt Carasiti (RHP) - Taking on the closer role in his first season in Japan. Matt has picked up three saves with a 2.00 ERA, but walked five hitters in nine innings.

Dave Huff (LHP) - His first season in Japan has not been kind with an 0-2, 7.71 ERA in three starts. He has struck out 16 in 16 innings, but he also has given up four homeruns.

Wladimir Balentien (OF) - Wladimir has had trouble staying healthy but he broke the Japanese homerun record in 2013 with 60, playing in 130 of the 144 games. In his eighth year he is good for thirty plus homeruns per year. This year he is hitting .234 with three homeruns.

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