Daichi Osera

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Daichi Ohsera
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Ohsera with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp
Hiroshima Toyo Carp – No. 14
Pitcher
Born: (1991-06-17) June 17, 1991 (age 27)
Ōmura, Nagasaki
Bats: Right Throws: Right
debut
April 2, 2014, for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp
NPB statistics
(through 2014)
Win–loss record 16-17
Earned run average 3.64
Strikeouts 237
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Daichi Ohsera (大瀬良 大地, Ōsera Daichi, born June 17, 1991 in Ōmura, Nagasaki) is a Nippon Professional Baseball pitcher for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp in Japan's Central League. He was the Carp's top pick in the 2013 autumn draft.[1]

Carrer[edit]

Early baseball career[edit]

Daichi started playing baseball when he was in 4th grade in Kokubu Nishi Elementary School in Kagoshima.[2] He transferred to Sakuragahara Junior High in Nagasaki where he joined its softball club. Due to an injury to his right arm when he was in grade school, however, he pitched with his left arm until his 3rd year when he was finally able to undergo surgery.[3]

August 2009, 91st Summer Koshien

He then entered Nagasaki Nihon University Junior and Senior High School,[4] where he continued to play as a pitcher. During the quarter finals of the Nagasaki prefectural tournament in his junior year, he battled with soon-to-be Carp teammate Takeru Imamura of Nagasaki Prefectural Seiho High School, where he pitched a complete game, giving up only 4 hits and one run, and earned the win with a 3-1 score.[5] His team then defeated Sohseikan High school, and proceeded to compete in the Summer Koshien. During the first round match with Hanamaki Higashi High School, however, despite having pitched 5 scoreless innings, he lost to pitcher Yusei Kikuchi (now with the Seibu Lions).[2]

After graduation, he chose to enter Kyushu Kyoritsu University instead of joining the 2009 draft,[6] wanting to be under the guidance of Coach Sei Nakazato who was responsible for rearing notable NPB pitchers such as Nagisa Arakaki and Takahiro Mahara.[6] He took up sports science, and was tasked to further develop his thin upper-body build. Within four years, he was assigned to do pilates workouts, then moved on to full-fledged weight training, making him gain an additional 14 kg.[6][7]

In the Autumn 2010 Fukuoka Big 6 Baseball Tournament, he obtained a 5-0 win-loss record and a 0.63 ERA, which contributed greatly to his team's championship. He was selected as one of the Best 9, and was given the league's Rookie Award. In his sophomore year, he was given the Most Valuable Player Award in the summer tournament, and Best 9 and MVP award again in the autumn. His team won the championship for both seasons.

In 2011, their team won the Kyushu Tournament championships, but was defeated by Sōka University's Yasuhiro Ogawa in the second round of the Meiji Jingu Tournament, despite Ohsera having delivered 159 pitches in 9 innings and 10 KOs.[8] Later on during the off-season, he was quoted saying he wanted to have a re-match with Ogawa, and that this defeat was his motivation for training harder.[6]

In 2012, he again won the MVP and Best 9 awards, and his team championed again in Fukuoka League's summer and fall tournaments. Then finally, his wish for a rematch came true in June during the quarter-finals of the 61st Japan National Collegiate Baseball Championship. True to his word, he pitched a winning shut-out game, giving up only 3 hits, and delivered eight 151 km/h pitches.[9] They were, however, defeated by Waseda University in the next leg. He was elected as team captain in his senior year. In all his 57 league games, he went 38-5, with an ERA of 1.07.

Hiroshima Toyo Carp[edit]

Pitching Form 9-6-2014, Yokohama Stadium

During the 2013 autumn draft, he was chosen as the first pick of three teams: Hiroshima Toyo Carp, Hanshin Tigers, and the Tokyo Yakult Swallows. Hiroshima won the draw and consequent bargaining rights.[10] In November 16, he signed a 100 million yen contract with Hiroshima plus a 50 million yen signing bonus, for an estimated annual salary of 15 million yen. He was given the jersey no. 14.

In 2014, he started the February 22 exhibition game with the Tigers, and pitched 2 scoreless innings. He recorded his first official win on the April 2 game against the Swallows, and along with Allen Kuri, the Carps became the first Central League team to field two first-year rookies that recorded victories in their first career starts in the same season since Yomiuri in 1960 (Ritsuo Horimoto and Hiroaki Aoki).[11] On May 1, he pitched his first complete game against the Hanshin Tigers at Koshien, allowing only eight hits and two walks, while striking out seven, beating fellow rookie Suguru Iwazaki. He extended his personal winning streak to five games on May 16 to become the sixth Hiroshima rookie to win five or more in a row, since Hiroshi Nagadomi won six straight starts in 1985.[12] He also became the fourth pitcher in franchise history to win five or more games before the end of May, and the only one of the four to record all five victories as a starter.[13]

He finished the season at 10-8 with a 4.05 ERA and 115 strikeouts in 26 appearances,[14] and became the first rookie in franchise history to win ten or more games in their first year since Toshikazu Sawazaki won twelve in 1997.[15]

During postseason, he pitched 7 shutout innings in the second game against the Tigers in the first stage of the climax series. The game ended in a scoreless draw; however, Hanshin advanced to the final stage since they won the first game, and ties were awarded to the team with the better season record. This was the second Climax Series game that ended in a tie (the first that ended in a 0-0 tie).[16]

In November, he was named the Central League Rookie of the Year.[14]

He selected 2018 NPB All-Star game (jp).[17]

International Baseball Career[edit]

In July 2011, he was selected to participate in the USA College Baseball Championships, where he wore the jersey no. 14 and participated in two games.[6][18] He was again selected in 2012.

He was also a member of the national team (Samurai Japan) for the 2012 Asian Baseball Championship Tournament, where Japan triumphed for the fifth consecutive time. He struck out 9 consecutive batters in 3 innings during the second leg match against Pakistan.[19]

In November, he became the winning pitcher during the second game of the 2013 Baseball Challenge vs Chinese Taipei held in Taiwan.[20] His jersey was sold for 378,000 yen through a Samurai Japan Charity Auction, where proceeds were given to tsunami relief/reconstruction efforts in the Philippines via the Japan Red Cross Society.[21]

On October 10, 2018, he was selected at the 2018 MLB Japan All-Star Series.[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Carp rookie Osera goes distance in win over Tigers". The Japan Times. May 1, 2014. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "広島大瀬良当てた CSのPV観戦が縁!?". 日刊スポーツ. 2013-10-25. Retrieved 2013-10-27.
  3. ^ "大瀬良大地、カープとの相思相愛を実らせた勝負パンツ". スポルティーバ . 2013-11-14. Retrieved 2014-02-27.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ 在学生インタビュー No.7 スポーツ学部 大瀬良大地さん 九州共立大学公式サイト
  5. ^ 大学生野球名鑑 大瀬良大地 スポーツニッポン
  6. ^ a b c d e "2013インタビュー 第167回九州共立大 大瀬良 大地". 高校野球ドットコム . 2013-12-10. Retrieved 2014-02-27.
  7. ^ "大学No.1右腕・大瀬良大地が目指す理想 涙の敗戦を乗り越えたドラ1候補の秋". スポーツナビ . 2010-09-06. Retrieved 2014-02-27.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "第42回明治神宮野球大会 試合結果2回戦 創価-九州共立". (公財)日本学生野球協会 . Retrieved 2014-02-27.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "第前日の川満に続き 大瀬良も完封で九共大4強一番乗り". スポーツニッポン . 2012-06-15. Retrieved 2014-02-27.[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ 大学№1投手の大瀬良は広島!くじ引いた田村スカウトは「頭が真っ白…」 スポーツニッポン 2013年10月24日閲覧
  11. ^ "大瀬良、次はオレの番!九里初星で発奮". Daily.co.jp. 2014-04-01. Retrieved 2014-04-01.
  12. ^ "大瀬良 5試合連続勝利は長冨以来、広島28年ぶり". Sponichi. 2014-05-16. Retrieved 2014-05-16.
  13. ^ "広島の黄金ルーキー・大瀬良、止まらない5連勝!". Sanspo. 2014-05-17. Retrieved 2014-05-17.
  14. ^ a b "Kaneko, Sugano claim MVP awards". The Japan Times. 2014-11-26. Retrieved 2014-11-26.
  15. ^ "広島大瀬良が球団17年ぶり新人10勝 (Ohsera: 1st Carp rookie to record 10 victories in 17 years)". Daily.co.jp. 2014-09-25. Retrieved 2014-09-25.
  16. ^ "Tigers advance to Central League finale despite tie". The Japan Times. 2014-10-12. Retrieved 2014-10-12.
  17. ^ "マイナビオールスターゲーム2018 出場者". NPB.jp 日本野球機構 (in Japanese). July 3, 2018.
  18. ^ "第38回 日米大学野球選手権大会". (公財)全日本大学野球連盟. Retrieved 2014-02-27.[permanent dead link]
  19. ^ "【硬式野球部】本学学生が『第26回BFAアジア選手権大会』日本代表選手に選出されました". 九州共立大学 . 2012-11-30 . Retrieved 2014-02-27. Check date values in: |date= (help)[permanent dead link]
  20. ^ "2013 BASEBALL CHALLENGE「日本 VS チャイニーズ・タイペイ」". SAMURAI JAPAN  . Retrieved 2014-02-27.
  21. ^ "NPBチャリティーオークションで寄付". Nikkan Sports. 2014-03-24.
  22. ^ "「2018日米野球」に出場する侍ジャパントップチーム選手全28名が決定". 野球日本代表 侍ジャパン オフィシャルサイト (in Japanese). October 10, 2018. Retrieved October 14, 2018.

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