Thread: International Baseball

Japan, Korea, Australia... anywhere else the game is played.

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A strong season just got even stronger for Yosinobu Yamamoto. With the weekend no-hitter, he lowered his ERA to 1.55 on the season. He is looking at a posting for the 2024 season and I hope his wish is granted. https://twitter.com/JCoskrey/status/1538066110566002690 

Tim McLeod tlmcleod

So what does Roki Sasaki do for an encore? He simply goes out and pitches eight more consecutive perfect innings with 14 strikeouts, before being pulled. He has now retired 52 consecutive hitters, 33 by strikeout. https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/japanese-phenom-roki-sasaki-throws-eight-perfect-innings-in-first-start-after-19-strikeout-perfect-game/

Tim McLeod tlmcleod
Apr 19

All 19 strikeouts, courtesy of Rob Friedman. The fastball velo topped out at 102 mph, but as you can see in this clip, the off-speed and breaking stuff was crazy good.....especially when taking into consideration he's 20-years-old. https://twitter.com/PitchingNinja/status/1513121664556580871

Tim McLeod tlmcleod
Apr 10

One of the greatest pitching performances ever. Roki Sasaki needed only 105 pitches to strike out 19, tying the League record for K's and at 20-years-old becomes the youngest pitcher in the history of Japanese baseball to throw a perfect game. https://twitter.com/tom_mussa_v2/status/1513058981178187777 

Tim McLeod tlmcleod
Apr 10

A couple of Yoshinobu Yamamoto clips for your perusal. He was the best starter in Japan last year, posting a 1.39 ERA over 193 1/3 innings. He's off to a good start this year, not allowing any runs in his two starts. The 23-year-old righty is looking at an arrival date of 2024, assuming Orix agrees to a posting. 

https://twitter.com/PitchingNinja/status/1507321380169306117?fbclid=IwAR2tEaqvucMeTF0kuvlQ2eCxyzYn-9ivp0250mGCD-EgrmyzoW6PvgOi-XA

https://twitter.com/Ben13Porter/status/1275136494995415040?fbclid=IwAR0EnCx7RjZzuxSFA9Vc9CVeeS2bmrWEBYxdZaQLe1qDzXO9-i_KuolUQ5A

Tim McLeod tlmcleod
Apr 8

Most of the elite players on this list are many years from venturing our way, if at all. Short-term, we could see Vieira (103 mph fastball, no idea where it's going), Matsui, and Kodai Senga as early as next year. Senga would be the player that should generate considerable interest. 

Tim McLeod tlmcleod
Mar 21

have any thoughts about these players, Tim? And how about Seiya? 

carter carter GypsySoul
Mar 19

Trevor Raichura from JapanBall does a great job in summarizing some of the players we could potentially see heading to MLB in the near and not-so-near future. https://japanball.com/mlb-lockout-wont-slow-npb-stars/

Tim McLeod tlmcleod
Mar 19

A look at Won-Bin Cho, the Cards most recent signing. This clip was from two years ago, but as a 17-year-old my early thoughts are there's a lot to like. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAD42KYikds

Tim McLeod tlmcleod
Jan 22

Congratulations to Genevieve Beacom! The 17-year-old southpaw made her pro debut with the Melbourne Aces last week. The curve ball is already an impressive offering.  https://twitter.com/PitchingNinja/status/1479845868610244612 

Tim McLeod tlmcleod
Jan 14