I want to introduce Japanese prospects as field players to be a Major Leaguer to you.
Yoshida is a high-average batter. He has hit higher than three hundred in 5 of 7 seasons since his debut. He won a leading hitter twice. His batting is stable.He is not tall as a baseball player. However, he is well-muscled. I expect him to have a good result in MLB. I hope an MLB team
Murakami is a very hopeful player.
He won the rookie of the year, home run king, and MVP. Murakami reached 100 homers and 100 RBIs at the youngest age in NPB history. So, he has a possibility to get the triple crown. His fighting spirit is suited for the Major League.
Yamakawa is a No.1 slugger in the Pacific League.
Yamakawa reached No.100 homer in 321 games at the fastest pace among Japanese players in 2019 in NPB history.
He is achieving No.200 homer with one more homer within the next 17 games, which is at the fastest pace among Japanese players in NPB history. His hitting performance earned the MVP and home run king titles. He is a possible player to achieve the triple crown.
Okamoto is a powerful batter in the Central League. Okamoto hit more than 30 homers for the 4th straight year from 2018 to 2021.
He won two main titles. So, he is also a prospect to win the triple crown.
(NPB No.60 KAISPO No.1192)
I want to introduce three prospects to be a Major Leaguer to you.
Roki Sasaki already pitched a fastball with 101 mph when he was a high school player. Everyone knows that he threw a perfect game in April with 19 strikeouts which were the most in a game in the NPB history. In the next game, he also had perfect innings until the eighth frame. It was almost 2 perfect games in a row. It was Incredible.Although he is just 20 years old, he is already historical.
Kodai Senga joined the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks as a developmental player in 2010 who was not a player by an official draft. However, now he has become the highest-paid player as a pitcher in the NPB. He made his Japanese baseball dream come true. His forkball is nasty. It is called the Gohst fork, in Japanese, It is called OBAKE fork. He should throw it in the MLB. I expect he will try the MLB next season.
Yoshinobu Yamamoto played a key role as an Ace pitcher for the victory of the Orix Buffaloes in the Pacific League last season.He won main awards for a pitcher including Sawamura Award almost equal to Cy Young Award in the MLB. Former professional players say that his all types of pitches are the first-class balls. I’m looking forward to trying the Major League in the near future.
(NPB No.59 KAISPO No.1191)