If Yoshinobu Yamamoto, who is currently called the best pitcher in Japanese professional baseball, steps on the major league stage, what will the ransom be? The American ‘The Athletic’ predicted Yamamoto’s ransom.
Yoshinobu Yamamoto is a pitcher who can be called the best pitcher representing the current Japanese professional baseball. Yamamoto made his professional debut after being selected by the Orix Buffaloes in the 2016 rookie draft.
Yamamoto changed his position as a starting pitcher from the 2019 season, and has performed tremendously in the past two years. Yamamoto recorded 18 wins, 5 losses and an average ERA of 1.39 in 26 games last year, holding the ‘Sawamura Award’ along with ‘4 pitcher crowns’. Yamamoto, who led the Orix Buffaloes to 1st place in the Pacific League, tasted the joy of being selected as the ‘MVP’.
Yamamoto’s performance was not ‘sparkling’. Yamamoto recorded an amazing record of 15 wins, 5 losses and an average ERA of 1.68 in 26 games (1 no hit, 1 run) this year, putting Orix at the top of Japan for the first time in 26 years. This year, of course, he won 4 pitcher crowns, Sawamura Award, and MVP, establishing himself as the best starting pitcher in Japanese professional baseball.
Yamamoto expressed his intention to enter the major leagues in the future, saying, “I hope to be able to play baseball at the highest level” in 토토 the process of receiving the ‘Okayama Citizen’s Medal of Honor’ in December of last year. And after the 2023 season, Yamamoto, who is in his sixth year of debut, can challenge the major leagues through the’posting system’. Then, what will Yamamoto’s ransom be?
On the 12th (Korean time), Keith Law of the US “The Athletic” compared Senga and Yamamoto, who recently signed a 5-year, 75 million dollar (approximately 98.3 billion won) contract with the New York Mets, and compared Yamamoto’s ransom when he stepped on the major league stage. I had time to anticipate.
“Senga’s walk rate is higher than the league average,” said Keith Law. “There were concerns from scouts that although he had great talent, he didn’t have enough control to play the starting pitcher role in the majors. I have doubts about whether I can survive the starting rotation.”
While concerns were expressed about Senga, the evaluation of Yamamoto was good. “There is a possibility that Senga will play as a bullpen pitcher, but Yamamoto does not,” said Keith Law.
Attention is focusing on whether Yamamoto will be able to hold a contract as big as Keith Law expected when challenging the major leagues through posting or free agency.