Nippon Professional Baseball’s Yokohama DeNA announced on Wednesday that it has allowed ace Shota Imanaga, 30, to enter the major leagues.
Imanaga was the first overall pick in the 2015 draft. He appeared in 22 games this year, going 7-4 with a 2.80 ERA and leading the league in strikeouts (174). In 165 career games, he is 64-59 with a 3.18 ERA.
He is a left-hander with a 6-foot-2, 185-pound frame. He averaged 147.7 mph on his fastball this year. At times, his fastball can reach the mid-150s. He has a strong tip of the ball. He also has a changeup with a lot of drop, a slider, a curve, and a two-seam. 무지개토토 도메인
In 148 innings, he only walked 24 batters. That’s less than two walks per nine innings. He pitched for Japan at the WBSC Premier 12 in 2019 and the WBC in March, helping them win the title.
Imanaga is ESPN’s No. 11 free agent prospect, with a projected four-year total of $68 million and an average of $17 million per year. Fellow Oryx ace Yoshinobu Yamamoto is expected to sign a mega-deal worth more than $200 million.