Yusuke Oyama

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Yūsuke Ōyama
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Oyama batting for the Tigers in Koshien
Hanshin Tigers – No. 3
Infielder
Born: (1994-12-19) December 19, 1994 (age 24)
Shimotsuma, Ibaraki, Japan
Bats: Right Throws: Right
debut
June 23, 2017, for the Hanshin Tigers
Career statistics
(through 2018)
Batting average.261
Home runs18
Runs batted in86
Teams

Yūsuke Ōyama (大山 悠輔, Ōyama Yūsuke, born December 19, 1994 in Shimotsuma, Ibaraki, Japan) is a professional Japanese baseball player. He plays infielder for the Hanshin Tigers.

Early Baseball Career[edit]

Yūsuke started playing softball in 1st grade as both a pitcher and infielder, and continued until junior high.[1] He doubled as a pitcher and infielder for Tsukuba Shuei High, but his team never made it to the national tournaments in Koshien. He hit a total of 27 home runs in high school.[2]

He entered Hakuoh University in Tochigi prefecture, and played solely as 3rd baseman as their team participated in the Kankoshin Student Baseball Federation League. In his 4th year, he batted an average of .417 and set a league record of 8 home runs in a single tournament. He was also awarded for the most runs batted in (20 RBI).[3] In all of his 98 game appearances, he recorded 119 hits and 93 runs, including 16 homeruns.[4]

Hanshin Tigers[edit]

He was the Tiger's 1st pick at the 2016 NPB Draft. He signed with Hanshin for a contract of 100 million yen, 50 million signing bonus for an estimated annual salary of 15 million. He inherited the jersey number 3, formerly worn by retired infielder Kentaro Sekimoto.[2]

2017

He joined the main squad spring camp training[5] but struggled at the plate as he went hitless for 17 at-bats.[6] Despite batting .333 in 9 appearances during the pre-season games, [7] he was sent back to the farms as there was a surplus of infielders in the main roster.

He spent the 1st half of the season playing in Western League (farm games), where until June, he averaged .232 and batted in 14 runs (1 HR). Finally on June 23, he was called to pinch hit against the Carps in Mazda Stadium.[8] He ended the season with a .237 average, 7 home runs and 38 RBIs in 198 at bats. He also finished second in the Central League Rookie of the Year voting behind Chunichi Dragons shortstop Yota Kyoda.

On February 27, 2019, he was selected for Japan national baseball team at the 2019 exhibition games against Mexico.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2016 Professional Baseball Draft". Sports Nippon. March 19, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "阪神ドラ1大山が宣戦布告 内野戦争「割って入る」". Nikkan Sports. March 19, 2017.
  3. ^ "阪神ドラ1大山 三塁奪う!キャンベルに宣戦布告 体力測定で大器片りん". Sports Nippon. March 19, 2017.
  4. ^ "阪神びっくり1位 白鴎大・大山、鉄人魂の持ち主だ". Nikkan Sports. March 19, 2017.
  5. ^ 2017年春季一軍キャンプメンバーについて阪神タイガース March 19, 2017
  6. ^ "大山17打席目お待たせ"プロ初安打" 球児&ドリス撃ちで初マルチ]デイリースポーツ". Daily Sports. March 16, 2017.
  7. ^ "阪神大山が二軍練習に参加 掛布二軍監督が見守る". Nikkan Sports. March 16, 2017.
  8. ^ "阪神ドラフト1位大山、プロ初打席は空振り三振". Nikkan Sports. June 23, 2017.
  9. ^ "ENEOS 侍ジャパンシリーズ2019「日本 vs メキシコ」に出場するメンバー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). February 18, 2019. Retrieved February 27, 2019.

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