Yuki Matsui

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Yuki Matsui
Matsui with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles
Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles – No. 1
Born: (1995-10-30) October 30, 1995 (age 21)
Bats: Left Throws: Left
Medal record
Men's baseball
Representing  Japan
2015 WBSC Premier12
Bronze medal – third place 2015 Tokyo Team

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 ft 9 in, 163 lb 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.


  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. ^ Nagatsuka, Kaz (October 24, 2013). "Eagles win rights to coveted lefty Matsui". Japan Times. Archived from the original on February 25, 2014. Retrieved November 17, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Eagles rookie Matsui shelled in debut". Japan Times. April 2, 2014. Retrieved June 22, 2014. 

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