Shintaro Fujinami (29, photo), who failed to rebound after falling sharply after being evaluated as a genius in Japanese professional baseball, finally achieved his goal after insisting on going to the United States. US ESPN reporter Jeff Passan reported on the 12th that Fujinami had signed a contract with Auckland through the posting system, and Japanese media including Sports Hochi reported it simultaneously. Fujinami’s trip to Auckland will be officially announced after a medical test.
Fujinami plans to sign a one-year contract, but specific terms have not been confirmed. 안전놀이터
What is worth evaluating is the status of Japanese professional baseball. Fujinami, who had played for Hanshin until last year, was weak in Japanese professional baseball. Fujinami, who is 197 cm tall and throws a fast ball with a maximum speed of 162 km, seemed to rise high with 14 wins and 7 losses and an ERA of 2.40 in 2015. . The number of wins over the six years from 2017 to last year is only 15. In 2021, when he went back and forth between the bullpen and the starting pitcher, WHIP (on-base per inning) soared to 1.80 at the end of the pitch hunt.
However, Fujinami showed his intention to go to the United States again as his control gradually gained last season. He pitched in 16 games as a starter and won only 3 wins (5 losses), but his ERA was stable at 3.38. He also improved his walks to 21 while pitching 66.2 innings. Especially since August, he recorded 6 quality starts (3 earned runs or less in 6 innings) while getting on the mound 7 times. His career record for 10 seasons of Japanese professional baseball is 57 wins, 53 losses, 11 holds, and an average ERA of 3.41.
According to Japanese media, Fujinami also wants a starting position in the United States. Oakland ranked last in the American League West with 60 wins and 102 losses last year, and fell to 24th overall with a team ERA of 4.53. Even in the starting lineup, except for James Kaprellian and Paul Blackburn, the 2nd and 3rd positions are unclear, so it seems to be a land of opportunity for Fujinami.