Pitcher to Pursue MLB Career

» 23 October 2009 » In amateur baseball, mlb prospects, npb draft »

That got your attention, didn’t it? This isn’t about Kikuchi though.

Sanspo is reporting that Aomori University righty Shota Ichinoseki is looking to begin his pro career overseas. Ichinoseki is a rather obscure player; he didn’t have a page on Draft Reports until this news broke, and even Deanna has never mentioned him. There’s no indication that he appears on any NPB team’s list of draft candidates. The 21 year-old student’s fastball tops out at 144 kmph (90mph) and he compliments it five breaking pitches including a slider and a forkball.

Ichinoseki is apparently willing to consider playing independent league ball in the US, and is planning is to travel to Taiwan to work out in front of MLB personnel in November. Sanspo quoted him as saying, “playing overseas is something I can only do now. I want to do it while I can.”

Lost in the furor over guys like Kikuchi and Junichi Tazawa is the fact that for some kids, playing overseas represents an opportunity that is otherwise not available. I hope Ichinoseki gets a chance to play somewhere.



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  1. Patrick
    23/10/2009 at 11:04 am Permalink

    That’s because he plays in Aomori. I don’t exactly go to college games up there, you know.

    But what do you mean he isn’t on any lists? He submitted a letter of intent on October 13th. Whether or not that means any teams are thinking of drafting him is not exactly clear, but he is, at least, first subject to the NPB draft.

    Maybe this is all a publicity stunt to get him more attention before said draft, infact.

  2. Patrick
    23/10/2009 at 11:21 am Permalink

    I know. Was just giving a tongue-in-cheek nod to your thoroughness.

    My exact words were “There’s no indication that he appears on any NPB team’s list of draft candidates”, which I guess would be more apt to say “list of upper-round candidates”. There are two or three sites that I go to for info on a draft candidates and none of them had a single mention of him before this news broke.