Japanese Slugger Tsutsugo Wishes for the Major Leagues

The Japanese slugger Yoshitomo Tsutsugo has expressed his interest to be posted to the major leagues according to the Japan Times. Tsutsugo has already signed a $3.5 million contract for the 2019 season so any posting would probably not be until the 2020 season. The Yokohama DeNA Bay Stars would have to agree to the posting, but since Tsutsugo will become a free agent after 2020 they would have only one more season with him if he is not posted in 2019.

Tsutsugo is a leftfielder with good plate discipline and power. In 2016 he hit 44 homeruns and last year slugged 38. He has a career .287 batting average with walk totals reaching 80 or more the last three years. His defense is not great, perhaps along the lines of a Juan Soto so he needs to hit to be attractive. His lefthanded bat can take the ball to all fields. Tsutsugo will be 29 years old for the 2019 season.

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