Diamondbacks Sign Shumpie Yoshikawa

It will be interesting to see what kind of impact Yoshikawa will have in the major leagues. The Diamondbacks signed the 23 year old righthander to a contract after he failed to put his name in the Japanese draft. Considered one of the top Japanese prospects out of Japan, he is the first Japanese player to bypass the NPB since Junichi Tazawa did it in 2008 when he signed with the Red Sox.

Shumpie was supposed to pitch for Japan in the Asian games in Indonesia, but his signed a major league contract will prevent him from playing on the Japanese national team.

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