Koh Shimozuru

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Ko Shimozuru
Hiroshima Toyo Carp – No. 35
Outfielder
Born: (1988-04-23) April 23, 1988 (age 31)
Aoba-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Bats: Right Throws: Right
debut
October 3, 2013, for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp
Career statistics
(through 2018 season)
RBI31
Home runs9
Batting average.250
Teams

Ko Shimozuru (下水流 昂, Shimozuru Ko, born April 23, 1988 in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan) is a professional Japanese baseball player. He is an outfielder for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp.

Early Baseball Career[edit]

Shimozuru was born in Aoba-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture. He attended Kamoshida Elementary School and Kamoshida Junior High School. He started baseball when he was in elementary school and played in the Midori Chuo Little Senior when he was in junior high school.[1] He attended Yokohama High School, one of the country's best best high school baseball team and became the cleanup hitter in his second year of high school. His team managed to win the championship in the 78th National School High School Invitation Tournament in the Spring of 2006. His team also made it to the Japanese High School Baseball Championship in the Summer of 2006, but was lost 6-11 to Osaka Toin High School in the first round. He and Nobumasa Fukuda (now player for Chunichi Dragons) played in the same team from elementary school to high school.

After graduating from high school, he enrolled in Aoyama Gakuin University and played as a regular in the Tohto University Baseball League since his freshman year. In his junior year, his posterior cruciate ligament was injured and his team dropped to Division Two of the League in the same year. He became the captain of the team in his senior year and led the team back to Division One. He was awarded the League Best Nine in the spring season of his sophomore year and fall season of his senior year. He has hit 13 homeruns in his university career (9 in Division 1 and 4 in Division 2).

He played for Honda's baseball team after graduating from university. He also worked in Honda's car manufacturing factory and was responsible for checking for defects in the parts and car engines.

Professional career[edit]

He was selected as the Hiroshima Toyo Carp's 4th pick during the autumn 2012 professional baseball draft.[2]

2013

He started in the farm team in the spring camp but was promoted to ichigun (Japanese equivalent of the major league). However, his adductor muscle was injured in March and spent most of his season in the farm team.[3] He was promoted to ichigun again on October 3, when there were two games left for the season. He appeared in his first official game on the same day as a starter and made his first career hit. In the last game of the season on October 6, he made his first career RBI as a pinch hitter. He also appeared as a pinch hitter in the first game of the first stage of the Climax Series against Hanshin Tigers.

2014

2015

2016

He was in the starting lineup of the opening game of the season. He had six plate appearances at first four games of the season but was struck out four times and had no hits. He was promoted to ichigun on June 10 and hit his first career homerun on June 19.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "プロ野球ドラフト会議2012で広島東洋カープから4位指名を受けた下水流昂さん". タウンニュース. 2012-12-13. Retrieved 2013-04-04.
  2. ^ "2012年プロ野球ドラフト会議 交渉権獲得!". 広島東洋カープ. 2012-10-25. Archived from the original on 2013-09-10. Retrieved 2013-04-04.
  3. ^ "残念…広島 下水流が故障離脱 野村監督「開幕1軍も見えていたが…」". スポニチ Sponichi Annex. 2013-03-15. Retrieved 2013-04-04.