Tokyo sign RHP Tatsuo Kinoshita

Another new project for Mr. Araki.

After agreeing to basic terms with three new players the day before, the Swallows announced on Friday that they had added another pitcher to the mix in the form of 23 year-old RHP, Tatsuo Kinoshita.

He actually turns 24 tomorrow (Nov. 28th).

Originally from Aichi Prefecture, Kinoshita was selected in the 2005 high school draft by Hokkaido (Nippon Ham). In addition to his fastball which reportedly sits in the 140s, he can throw several breaking and offspeed pitches including a fork, curve, cutter and slider.

He seems to be somewhat of a typical high school draftee though. He’s been in the league for six years but has little to show for it thus far.

And one slightly unwelcome quirk to report on Mr. Kinoshita: as he hails from Aichi, he’s been a Chunichi fan since he was a child. He was disappointed when he was drafted by the Fighters rather than his beloved Dragons in 2005, but he eventually was released by Hokkaido and found his way into the Chunichi organization through the 12-team tryouts and an ikusei contract signed at the end of 2010.

He pitched only one inning for the Dragons in 2011 and was cut for the second season in a row.

Hopefully that will have dulled his affinity for his hometown team a bit. At any rate, it looks like he’ll be rejoining his former teammates Itsuki Shoda (Hokkaido 2006) and Keisuke Mizuta (Chunichi 2011), both of whom were signed on the 24th by the Tokyo Swallows.

About Christopher Pellegrini

Christopher is a budding sabermetrician and long-time supporter of Tokyo's more lovable team, the Swallows. He has publicly volunteered, several times, that he plans to buy the team at some point in the future. When he finally runs the joint, it is likely that he will fine any player who swings at the first pitch or sac bunts (unless it's a pitcher, of course). Follow him on Twitter: @chrispellegrini