Although arguably not as noteworthy as the first installment in this series, 24-year-old LHP, Kyohei Muranaka, is high on our list of players we’d like to see do well in 2012. And he’s got a small personal milestone within his grasp that we’d be very happy to see him reach–500 career strikeouts.
After an injury-shortened 2011, Muranaka’s tally now rests at 364. He notched 60 Ks last year and 163 the year before. The seesawing in his overall numbers is how Kyohei rolls, so he should be in for a good year and throwing another 136 is definitely a realistic feat if he can stay healthy.
Good luck, Kyohei. We hope it’s a career year for you.