|Hanshin Tigers – No. 63|
July 2, 1978 |
Shimizu, Shizuoka, Japan
|Bats: Left||Throws: Left|
|NPB: March 28, 2001 for the Chiba Lotte Marines|
Kosuke Kato (加藤 康介 Kato Kosuke?, born July 2, 1978 in Shimizu, Shizuoka) is a Japanese professional baseball pitcher for the Hanshin Tigers in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball. He was drafted 2nd in the 2000 NPB draft. His 2014 salary is 4.8 million yen.
Kato started playing baseball at four years of age, and at the age of five became a left-handed pitcher. When at Shimizu Commercial High School, he was identified along with Takahiro Yamazaki as a leading pitcher within the Shizuoka Prefecture competition. However, at the summer tournament in his third (and final) year of high school, Kato faced Gotenba High School in the first round and gave up 15 hits and 12 runs in a resounding loss. Kato has cited this regrettable performance as his later motivation.
At Nihon University, Kato joined the first team squad from the spring of his second year. At the December intensive camp, he undertook a grueling training schedule of throwing 5000 pitches in his second year and 8000 pitches in his third year. In the first division of the Eastern University league he made a total of 42 appearances for an 8-win, 7-loss record, a 3.15 ERA and 80 strikeouts. Kato joined the Kagoshima camp for the Lotte Marines in preparation for the 2000 Sydney Olympics. He was drafted second by Lotte in the 2000 draft.
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