2/9/2020 By HIDE
【⚾️ #NPB X KAISPO 💫】No.42
⭐️KAISPO Total No. #1078 ( in English & Japanese）
Ohtani Generation’s Fujinami Starts Well
Japanese popular team, the Hanshin Tigers, Today(Feb 9), had a practice match vs. the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters at Ginoza, in Okinawa prefecture. The Tigers’ well-known pitcher, Shintaro Fujinami, gathered attention for his condition.
Fujinami graduated from the Osaka Toin High school having a high-ranking baseball club with which he won both the spring and summer’s national wide High school baseball tournaments held in the Koshien stadium as a ace pitcher.
In Japan, High school baseball as well as professional baseball is a very popular sport. Playing in the Koshien stadium is a big dream for the players among which winning both tournaments is a brilliant achievement.
The 25-years-old righty joined the Hanshin Tigers as its first round draft pick player in 2012. The hopeful pitcher make a professional debut in 2013, and since then, he had his double-digits wins for three years in a row. However, his weak point was his control because he recorded the worst Hit-by-pitch and base-on-balls in the Central League in 2015. His fastballs to right-handed-hitters have been especially getting worse since that time. He, therefore, had only a game appearance last season.
Fujinami followed Masahiro Yamamoto, who was a notable pitcher with the Chunichi Dragons, as his coach during fall training after regular season. He worked hard on changing his form with Yamamoto.
Today, the struggling pitcher had no hit and no run in 2 frames as a starter. His fastest ball velocity was about 98 mph (157km/h). He totally pitched well.
Since his joining in professional field as a amazingly hopeful player, he went 50-40 with a 3.25 ERA whose records are unsatisfying. Many fans would have though that he would became a Major Leaguer in several years in Japan.
This season is his back to the wall. He is the same age as the Los Angeles Angels Star, Shohei Ohtani, who used to be his rival. I hope that Fujinami will succeed this season, if possible, more than Ohtani.
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