Milestone Countdown: Kyohei Muranaka

Hopefully Muranaka can start challenging Tateyama and Ishikawa for one of the top two spots in the rotation.

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.

YearGamesInningsKsERA
200613112.00
200821122.11054.34
2009943357.12
2010281781633.44
20111584604.29
Total74430.13644.29

Good luck, Kyohei. We hope it’s a career year for you.

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