Naomichi Donoue

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Naomichi Donoue
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Chunichi Dragons – No. 63
Utility infielder
Born: (1988-09-23) September 23, 1988 (age 28)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
NPB debut
2008, for the Chunichi Dragons
NPB statistics
(through 2016)
Batting average .231
Home runs 16
RBI 127
Teams

Naomichi Donoue (堂上 直倫, born September 23, 1988 in Japan) is a Japanese professional baseball player for the Chunichi Dragons in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball. He is a utility infielder and has played at various positions including short stop, third base and second base.

Career[edit]

Donoue was the first draft pick for the Dragons at the 2006 NPB Draft, the same draft class as team-mates Takuya Asao and Nobumasa Fukuda.[1]

While mainly used as a utility infielder for the majority of his career, Donoue became the every day starting short stop for the Dragons in the 2016 season showing great defensive abilities as well as handy form with the bat.

On 28 August 2016, Donoue hit his first career grand slam at the Nagoya Dome against would be Central League champions, the Hiroshima Carp in a 7-5 victory.[2]

Personal[edit]

His father Terashi is a former pro having pitched for the Chunichi Dragons between 1971 and 1985.[3] His elder brother Takehiro is also a professional baseball player currently playing for Yomiuri Giants.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "過去のドラフト 第42回(2006年) (Previous Drafts; #42 (2006))". Nikkan Sports. Retrieved 1 September 2016. 
  2. ^ "Marines beat Hawks to end five-game skid". Japan Times. 28 August 2016. Retrieved 29 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "Terashi Donoue - BR Bullpen". Baseball Reference. Retrieved 10 June 2016.