Braves and Twins Japan Notes

» 01 December 2008 » In mlb prospects, nichibei »

A couple of very minor but interesting notes on the Braves and Twins (but mostly Braves) to share today…

  • I wrote a little bit about Yoshinori Yamarin, a high school pitcher who went undrafted, back in October. This Sports Hochi article from Nov 11 says that the Twins had met with him and Braves were planning to. According to Hochi, Yamarin worked out for Lotte and others, and despite his strong desires to play professionally in Japan, went undrafted. He’s reportedly hit 92 mph on the gun as an 18 year-old, and might be an interesting project. This is the kind of guy that stands to lose the most from the Tazawa ban. 
  • Sofbank cut pitcher Kazuhiro Takeoka earlier in the week, which never would have caught my attention except the Sponichi article said that he “might return to the Braves“. I had never heard of him. Turns out that Takeoka played in the Braves system between 2000-2003, reaching AAA in ’02 and ’03. At 33 he’s not an MLB prospect, but an interesting organizational arm. He’s hoping to talk to the Braves and get a decision made by year’s end.

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  1. Patrick
    02/12/2008 at 12:04 am Permalink

    I think the “kotoba no fuan” is referring to Yamarin’s worry about speaking English and is unrelated to why he didn’t get drafted. It seems to me that he threw his hat into the NPB Draft ring because of uncertainty about speaking English, among other things . . .

  2. Patrick
    02/12/2008 at 12:19 am Permalink

    Ahh, I think you’re right about that. I might have read that a little too quickly. Thanks for pointing that out.