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Thursday, December 01, 2022

Flamethrower Shintaro Fujinami posted by Japan’s Hanshin Tigers, could be MLB reliever

The Hanshin Tigers of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball league have submitted right-hander Shintaro Fujinami to Major League Baseball’s posting system, they announced Thursday. Fujinami will now have 30 days to negotiate with MLB clubs. Should he reach an agreement with a MLB team, the Hanshin Tigers will receive a compensatory fee derived from his contract’s worth. (You can read more about how the posting system and compensatory fees work by clicking here.)

Fujinami, 28, pitched for the Tigers in parts of the last 10 seasons, amassing a 3.17 ERA and a 2.31 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 252 career appearances. He was once considered a top rival to Los Angeles Angels two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani, thanks in part to his impressive arm strength. Indeed, Fujinami’s fastball sits in the mid-90s and has been clocked into triple digits. He also throws a splitter and a slider. Here’s what Ted Baarda of Sports Info Solutions wrote about him in November:

The splitter was his best strikeout pitch, and his most-used pitch with two strikes, narrowly edging out his fastball in both two-strike usage and strikeouts. In addition to having a solid 34% whiff rate, batters also struggled to do anything with the splitter when it was put in play. His splitters turned into grounders 66% of the time, and batters only managed a 9% hard hit rate versus the pitch.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 01, 2022 at 11:51 AM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: japanese free agents, shintaro fujinami

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   1. Der-K's enjoying the new boygenius album. Posted: December 02, 2022 at 03:27 PM (#6107621)
i have no idea how much money he's gonna get. at 19, he was an all-star. and at 20 and at 21. he lost his control and only partly got it back. lost his rotation spot too and even last year bounced back and forth from the minors and the big club as an effective swingman. he's big (6-6), throws in the upper 90s (hit 101) and i like the splitter. i'd like him in my org but can't imagine paying a ton for him ... but i imagine someone might have to get him unless he just wants a fresh start.

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