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Tuesday, December 08, 2020

Yomiuri Giants star Sugano to be posted

American baseball fans—and executives—glimpsed the dominance of Japanese star Tomoyuki Sugano at the 2017 World Baseball Classic, when he fanned six in six innings against Team USA at Dodger Stadium without allowing an earned run.

Nearly four years later, the right-hander is on the verge of becoming a more permanent member of the North American baseball scene…..

Sources say the San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres, New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox are among the MLB teams with interest in Sugano, whose NPB credentials are comparable to those of Kenta Maeda and Masahiro Tanaka. Boston’s potential interest was documented recently by Sean McAdam of the Boston Sports Journal.

Sugano won the Sawamura Award as NPB’s top pitcher in 2017 and ‘18, and he went 14-2 with 131 strikeouts and a 1.97 ERA in 137 1/3 innings this year. In his eight-year NPB career, Sugano is 101-49 with a 2.32 ERA and 1,214 strikeouts in 1,360 innings.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 08, 2020 at 12:08 AM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: December 08, 2020 at 03:32 PM (#5993155)
Turning 31 by the way. Seems odd timing for both him and the team given revenues.

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