Yuki Matsui

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Yuki Matsui
Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles – No. 1
Pitcher
Born: (1995-10-30) October 30, 1995 (age 18)
Bats: Left Throws: Left
Teams

Yuki Matsui (松井 裕樹 Matsui Yūki?) is a Japanese professional baseball player for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles.

As a pitcher for Toko Gakuen high school, he won a 7-0 victory against Imabari-Nishi high school where he racked up 22 strikeouts.[1] Later on, he struck out 19 batters at Koshien Stadium and won a 7-5 game over Joso Gakuin. He also struck out the same amount in 2005, which ranked him along with Yoshinori Toda in 1963.[2]

In October 2013, he was selected by five teams in the professional draft, with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles winning the rights to negotiate with him.[3] On April 2, 2014 his team scored 7-1 against Orix Buffaloes even though he made only three runs.[4]

Matsui is a 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 m), 165 pounds (75 kg) left-handed pitcher. With an overhand delivery he throws a high-80s fastball (tops out at 93 mph), a change-up, an occasional curveball, and a solid slider around 80 mph, which is his best pitch. He mostly uses his fastball-slider combination in games.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Baseball: Japanese teen pitcher strikes out 22 in one game". Chicago Tribune. August 10, 2012. Archived from the original on April 8, 2014. Retrieved November 6, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Record-breaking Matsui strikes out 19 more". The Japan Times. August 17, 2012. Archived from the original on April 8, 2014. Retrieved November 6, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Eagles win rights to coveted lefty Matsui". Japan Times. 24 October 2013. Archived from the original on February 25, 2014. Retrieved 17 November 17, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Eagles rookie Matsui shelled in debut". Japan Times. April 2, 2014. Retrieved June 22, 2014. 

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