Baystars Reaping the Benefits for Yamaguchi

Prior to being posted to the major leagues Shun Yamaguchi was a free agent pitcher who signed with the Yomiuri Giants. As is the policy on signing free agents the Yokohama Bay Stars earned a compensation pick for the signing of Yamaguchi. Taira Kentaro had only pitched one game for the Giants in 2016, giving up four runs in just 3.2 innings. Myworld saw him pitch back in 2014.

Yamaguchi was a first round pick of the Yokohama Bay Stars in 2005. He had an undistinguished career with the Bay Stars, never reaching double digit wins with the team until his last season with them in 2016, when he won 11. He pitched two years for the Giants and it was his second season with them when he went 16-4, 2.78, a career year for Yamaguchi. The Giants normally do not post players to the major leagues but they felt they had gotten the best from Yamaguchi and it would not get any better. The Giants posted him and the Blue Jays bit, signing him to a two year contract for $6.35 million. It will be interesting if Yamaguchi can live up to that contract.

The Baystars took it slow with their compensation pick. In his first three years with the Bay Stars his high for innings pitched was his third year when he reached 70. This year he has earned a spot in the starting rotation and he has been stellar, going 2-2, 1.99 ERA. He has struck out 35 in 45 innings.

He did pitch for the 21 and under Japan Samurai World Cup team back in 2014 while he was with the Giants. My world saw him pitch in a game against Taiwan. He allowed just one hit in three innings of work. It has now been six years. I have to admit, I have no idea how he pitched, but I do have the scorebook.

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