Hiroki Uemoto

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Hiroki Uemoto
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Hanshin Tigers – No. 4
Infielder
Born: (1986-07-04) July 4, 1986 (age 28)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Professional debut
NPB: July 8, 2010 for the Hanshin Tigers
NPB statistics
(through 2013)
Batting average .256
Home runs 6
RBI 30
Teams

Hiroki Uemoto (上本 博紀 Uemoto Hiroki?, born July 4, 1986 in Fukuyama, Hiroshima) is a professional baseball player, and the second baseman for the Hanshin Tigers, a team in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball League.

Early baseball career[edit]

Uemoto attended Koryo High School, where his team participated in the Japanese High School Baseball Championship for four consecutive seasons.[citation needed] In 2003, he played alongside high-school sluggers Kentaro Nishimura and Yuta Shirahama to win the championship for their school.[citation needed] In his sophomore year he was selected to participate in the Asia AAA Baseball Championship where he won the Top Defensive Player award. During the 2004 National Invitational High-school Baseball Tournament, he served as team captain and played catcher.[1]

Hanshin Tigers[edit]

2013[edit]

In the sixth inning of a Hanshin vs. Samurai Japan practice game on February 26, he collided with left fielder Hayata Ito while chasing a ball hit by Hayato Sakamoto. Ito caught the ball despite the collision and was able to continue playing, but Uemoto was taken off the field on a stretcher.[2] He was diagnosed with an injury to his anterior talofibular ligament.[3] He underwent rehabilitation starting in March, returning to practice in mid-May. Because of occasional pain still felt in his left ankle, he underwent surgery in June.[4]

His first appearance following surgery was on August 29 against the Giants in the Tokyo Dome, where he played third baseman for the first time. Five days later he hit his first home run of the year against the Baystars.[5] During the September 18 game against Hiroshima, he played against his brother Takashi for the first time; he as the 2nd baseman and his brother as the Carp's shortstop.[6] In the 2013 season, he played 25 games with 8 RBIs and 2 home runs.

Career statistics[edit]

Nippon Professional Baseball
Year Age Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
2010 23 Hanshin 28 15 11 5 1 0 0 6 2 2 .333 .375 .400 .775
2011 24 67 108 20 27 7 0 3 43 13 8 .250 .331 .398 .729
2012 25 62 197 22 50 13 1 1 68 7 13 .254 .333 .345 .679
2013 26 25 59 13 15 3 0 2 24 8 2 .254 .353 .407 .760
2014 27 131 515 90 142 28 5 7 201 38 20 .276 .368 .390 .758
Career 313 894 156 239 52 6 13 342 68 45 .267 .355 .383 .737

References[edit]

  1. ^ "第76回センバツ 頑張れ中国勢". 中国新聞. Retrieved 2011-02-09. [dead link]
  2. ^ "上本 右目上下に2針縫う、日本代表戦で交錯 復帰日は未定". Sponichi (Sports Nippon). 2013-02-26. 
  3. ^ "上本、左足首の靱帯損傷…和田監督は「時間がかかりそう」". Sponichi (Sports Nippon). 2013-02-26. 
  4. ^ "【阪神】上本、左足首手術「1日も早く」". 日刊スポーツ. 2013-06-25. Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  5. ^ "虎上本千金弾 初グラティ恥ずかしかった". 日刊スポーツ. 2013-09-04. Retrieved 2013-09-04. 
  6. ^ "阪神&広島 上本兄弟が同時出場". 日刊スポーツ. 2013-09-18. Retrieved 2013-09-18. 

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