Japanese professional baseball special ace Orix Buffaloes Yoshinobu Yamamoto (25) is receiving a lot of attention from the major league. 아톰카지노

Yamamoto recorded 16 wins, 6 losses, 16 wins, 6 losses, 1.21 ERA, 169 strikeouts, and .727 winning percentage in 23 games (164 innings) this season, becoming the first player in Japanese professional baseball history to win four awards (multiple wins, average ERA, strikeouts, and winning percentage) for three consecutive years. While many Japanese aces have shown good performances in the major leagues, Yamamoto is currently the ace that the major leagues are watching with the most interest.

Yamamoto, who recorded 26 games (193⅔ innings) in 2021, 18 wins, 5 losses, an average ERA of 1.39, 206 strikeouts, and a winning percentage of .783, and achieved his first four career wins (multiple wins, average earned run average, strikeouts, winning percentage), last year he also pitched in 26 games (193 innings). ) He recorded 15 wins, 5 losses, an ERA of 1.68, 205 strikeouts, and a winning percentage of .740, becoming the first player in Japanese professional baseball to win four crowns for two consecutive years. Most innings, most complete games, and most complete games also all ranked first for two consecutive years. The assessment is that Japan has nothing more to show. In the World Baseball Classic (WBC) held last March, he played in 2 games (7⅓ innings) with 1 win, an ERA of 2.45, and 12 strikeouts.

Yamamoto plans to advance to the major leagues through posting after the end of this season. There are not many starting pitchers in the upcoming free agent market, so Yamamoto is evaluated as one of the biggest pitchers. 

Reporter John Heyman of the American media New York Post said on the 7th (Korean time), “According to sources, the Mets are actively trying to recruit Yamamoto. “All big market clubs are targeting Yamamoto, but some general managers say the Mets are likely to sign him,” he said, expressing interest in Yamamoto. He added, “The Yankees, Cubs, Dodgers, Boston, St. Louis, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Arizona, Detroit, Texas, and other clubs are also scouting Yamamoto with interest.” 

Yamamoto is being compared to Kodai Senga, who signed a five-year, $75 million (approximately 101.8 billion won) contract with the Mets this season. Senga, who recorded 87 wins, 44 losses, and an average ERA of 2.59 in 224 games (1,089 innings) in Japanese professional baseball, achieved respectable results in his major league debut season with 12 wins, 7 losses, and an average ERA of 2.98 in 29 games (166⅓ innings). 

Reporter Heyman said, “Yamamoto, who was the 4th starter in the WBC Japan national team where many stars participated, received the highest scores for calmness, competitive spirit, and control. He’s not a fastball pitcher like Senga, but he’s younger and healthier. He also throws a great forkball (not a ‘ghost forkball’). The only downside is that he is short at 5 feet 10 inches (178 cm). One general manager said, ‘That’s the only part that gives me pause,’” he said, praising Yamamoto highly. 

Blake Snell (San Diego), who has the potential to win the National League Cy Young Award, appears in this free agent market. Yamamoto, along with Snell, is classified as the biggest free agent pitcher. The biggest free agent is Shohei Ohtani (Angels), but Ohtani is likely to have difficulty pitching next year due to an elbow injury. 

Reporter Heyman said, “There is a debate as to which of Yamamoto and Snell is the ace who will win the biggest free agent contract. Snell is a leading candidate for the National League Cy Young Award, but Yamamoto is 25 years old. (And you don’t have to lose a draft pick) General manager Han explains, “I think he will get a contract worth over $200 million (about 269.8 billion won).” 

After the end of this season, many players from Asia will advance to the major leagues, such as Lee Jeong-hoo (Kiwoom) and Shota Imanaga (Yokohama). However, Yamamoto is expected to boast the highest ransom among them.


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