suisse wrote:You guys only watch the Majors?
Masahiro Tanaka, 24, is a starting pitcher for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles in the NPB. He has applied for international free agency and will most likely sign for NYY when the Japanese play-offs are done.
He won again last night (2-0) over Chibu Lotte in the NPB play-offs. Tanaka is 25-0 for the season having posted an unbelievable 1.27 ERA in the Japanese regular season. He won his last 4 games of 2012 season too, so he hasn't lost since August 2012.
Against Chibu yesterday, he pitched a CGSHO - 9 innings, 7 hits, 1 BB, 9K. He was nearly taken over the fence twice in the 8th but survived. He was throwing 93 MPH strikes in the 9th inning.
This guy is awesome.
John23 wrote:How good is this guy Suisse?, I see the Yankees are splashing the cash.
West Brit wrote:He has also pitched a lot of innings already. At the same age Felix Hernandez had pitched 200 fewer innings.
Workloads in young pitchers should be monitored heavily as the body is still growing and pitching is an unnatural motion at its core. Throwing upwards of 140 pitches a game borderlines on child abuse!
Lee Su-min, a 17-year-old pitcher for Daegu Sangwon High School in South Korea, has thrown 974 pitches in seven appearances this season, six starts and one relief outing. He's thrown a complete game in every start. In his most recent start, Lee threw a whopping 178 pitches in 9 2/3 innings.
Now, obviously with this kind of workload, there's a reason the coach is doing it. Lee is a stud. He has a 0.44 ERA with 88 strikeouts in 62 1/3 innings this season. And due to the circumstances, both Lee and his coach believe the workload is acceptable.
4. Suk-min Yoon, RHP, free agent — We seem to be about a week away from a decision on where the South Korean will land. When Masahiro Tanaka was out there, teams considered him the best free agent pitcher, and now Yoon could be that guy. Concerns about an injury to his elbow have subsided, as medical reports have been studied closely by teams. There’s lots of competition for him. The Red Sox, Blue Jays, and Orioles in the AL East have made bids. The Diamondbacks also remain interested, but at this stage “it could be anybody,” according to a National League general manager.
Major League Baseball (MLB) repeats as the most attended sports league in the world, reporting a 2013 regular season total of attendance of 74,026,895 (sixth highest total in its history).
Minor League Baseball (MiLB) announced that its clubs attracted 41,553,781 fans in 2013, bringing in almost 275,000 more spectators to the stadiums than it did in 2012, which puts the MiLB collection of teams as the second most attended sports league in the world. The Mexican Baseball League is a member of MiLB and its 3,812,376 fans in 2013 are included in MiLB's total attendance numbers.
The third most attended sports league in the world, Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) saw attendance in 2013 grow 3.17% to 22,047,491, which was over 500,000 more than the highest non-baseball league/fourth most attended professional sport league in the world.
After four consecutive years of record attendance growth in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) -- which was jump-started by Team Korea's gold medal performance at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games -- KBO saw a slight dip in 2013 to 6,743,940, after having brought in more than seven million spectators to the stadiums for the first time in 2012. In 2015, KBO will undergo expansion from nine teams to ten teams, and Korea's first roofed/domed stadium in Seoul, which is fitted for baseball, will be completed -- two factors that can re-set the positive record growth trend for KBO.
Lefthander Hyeon-jong Yang will be posted by the Kia Tigers in the coming weeks, according to a source, thrusting the 26-year-old into the pool of available starting pitchers this winter.
Yang projects as a No. 3 starter in the big-leagues, though according to a scout that has seen him throw, he could develop into a No. 2. With a fastball that sits between 92-95 mph, Yang throws four pitches - fastball, curveball, slider and changeup - using his slider as his out pitch.
The southpaw won the inaugural Choi Dongwon Award this year, Korea's equivalent to the Cy Young. According to statistics on baseball-reference.com, Yang went 16-8 with a 4.25 ERA in 28 starts, his ERA coming in about a half-run lower than the league-average in the offensive-minded league.
The Yankees are not expected to make a play for any of the top three or four starters on the market, but they could be intrigued by Yang. Other teams looking for pitching this winter include the Cubs, Red Sox, Giants, Astros and Pirates.
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