Sasaki’s proof of ‘the highest 164km monster’ has begun… Is Ohtani better than those days?
Sasaki Loki (21, Chiba Lotte), who is highly anticipated as the next-generation ace of the Japanese national team, announced the start of this season in a match against Nippon Ham held at Jojo Marine Stadium in Chiba Prefecture, Japan on the 6th. The start was perfect. Even strong winds reaching 10m/sec could not hinder Sasaki’s fastball.
Sasaki threw 80 pitches in 6 innings that day, completely blocking the Nippon Ham lineup with 1 hit, 4 walks, 11 strikeouts and no runs. Despite the aftermath of participating in the World Baseball Classic (WBC) and the burden of his first appearance of the season, he struck out 11 times by mixing his fastball with a speed of 164 km/h and a sharp forkball.
Sasaki is a promising player strategically nurtured by Chiba Lotte, 온라인카지노and there is great interest in how to nurture him. Sasaki, who was picked as a top prospect since high school, is a talent that all professional clubs would be greedy for using in the first team. However, Chiba Lotte has given Sasaki enough time to build up his body since his joining, and even after his first-team debut, he has been nurturing his pampering by managing his innings thoroughly.
For Sasaki, his 6th day was the 32nd start of his professional career. There is a slight difference in the number of games in the league, but in the major leagues, usually full-time starters play about 32 to 34 games in one season. Sasaki has achieved this by dividing it over several years, but he can see that he has accumulated results in one season anyway. The grades are high enough to live up to his expectations.
Sasaki pitched 198⅔ innings in his first 32 starts. Even considering that Japan has a longer break compared to the United States, inning digestion is not envious. In these 32 games, he went 13-6 with an earned run average of 2.04, and a WHIP per inning pitched (WHIP) of 0.86, less than 1.00. He wasn’t just lucky. The defense-independent ERA (FIP), which is a pitcher’s unique indicator, is also 2.05, almost no difference from the ERA.
Sasaki showed an overwhelming pitch, striking out 252 times in 198⅔innings. On the other hand, he walked only 39 and allowed only 12 home runs. In fact, these results are much better than those of Ohtani Shohei (29, LA Angels), who is currently showing the best pitch in the major leagues, at that time. This is the reason why the full-time performance this season, which is out of the management framework to some extent, is attracting more attention.
In the major leagues, ‘biting’ has already begun. Sasaki still has a lot of time left before he can qualify for the major leagues, but major league clubs are already dispatching scouts to follow Sasaki’s every move. There is also a hopeful analysis that if you go to the major leagues after the age of 25, which is the standard for amateur status, you will be able to sign a contract worth 300 million dollars.
Now what Sasaki has to prove is that he can play a full season and maintain these grades. Sasaki has never been in a full-time rotation yet. With this year likely to be the starting point, it will be interesting to see if the Japanese-excited talent can stay injury-free and healthy.