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|Hanshin Tigers – No. 4|
|Born:July 4, 1986|
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|NPB: July 8, 2010 for the Hanshin Tigers|
Hiroki Uemoto (上本 博紀 Uemoto Hiroki?, born July 4, 1986 in Fukuyama, Hiroshima) is a Japanese professional baseball infielder, playing second baseman for the Hanshin Tigers in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball.
Early baseball career
Uemoto started playing softball as a member of the Matsunaga Elementary School softball club in his hometown, Fukuyama. As a first grader in junior high school, he played second baseman and lead-off hitter for the Matsunaga Yankees baseball club. He recorded 120 stolen bases in the 60 games that he appeared in during his third year.
He attended Koryo High School, where his team participated in the Japanese High School Baseball Championship for four consecutive seasons. In 2003, he played alongside high-school sluggers Kentaro Nishimura and Yuta Shirahama to win the championship for their school. In his sophomore year, he was elected to participate in the Asia AAA Baseball Championship where he also gained the Top Defensive Player Award. During the 2004 National Invitational High-school Baseball Tournament where he served as team captain, he was forced to play as catcher. Fellow Hanshin Tigers team mate Ryota Arai also attended the same high school.
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