Watanabe with the Hanshin Tigers
February 10, 1982 |
Naruto, Tokushima, Japan
|April 22, 2007, for the Hanshin Tigers|
Ryo Watanabe (渡辺 亮 Watanabe Ryō, real name: 渡邊 亮, born February 10, 1982 in Naruto, Tokushima, Japan) is a retired Nippon Professional Baseball pitcher who spent 10 years with the Hanshin Tigers in Japan's Central League.
Watanabe joined the Hanshin Tigers after being picked in the fourth round of the 2005 university/adult draft. After spending his first season with the Tigers' farm team, he enjoyed relative success as a reliever, appearing in at least 45 matches between the years 2007 and 2012, earning a total 14 wins, 6 losses and 53 hold points from 332 appearances with an ERA of 2.53. He was used less starting from the 2013 season and only made one first-team appearance in 2015, pitching one scoreless inning.
- Nippon Professional Baseball career statistics from JapaneseBaseball.com
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