# 37 – LHP Hisanori Takahashi

Bats/Throws: L/L

Height/Weight: 5’10”/172

Acquired: International FA 2/11/10

Born: 4/2/75

2009 Rank: NR

Why Ranked Here: He goes to Spring Training in St. Lucie with a chance to break camp as a fifth starter.  Crazy, but true.  His fastball lives between 85 and 90 mph, but he uses a sinker at 80 mph almost as much as his heater.  He mixes in a cutter around 85, a slider in the upper 70s-low 80s and an goofy curveball at 65 mph.  He throws so many pitches with a full range between 75 and 90 with a few 65s that it’s not hard to see him keeping the league off-balance his fist time through.  Thanks NPB velocity tracker!

2009: 10-6, 2.94 Era in 25 G with 126 K in 144 IP for the Yomiuri Giants.

Dr. Pangloss Says: The Mets fifth starter.

Debbie Downer Says: He’s old, small, he doesn’t throw hard, and the NL will eat him alive, but he’ll be a dominant force in the International League.

Projected 2010 Start: Sampling the sushi in Buffalo.

There are 9 comments

  1. Michael Diaz

    This might be the 1st 34 year old on any prospect list. Awesome!!! Maybe the sushi in Buffalo will give him more motivation to break camp with the big boys, and head to Queens.

    1. Hiro

      Takahashi might techically be a prospect – i have difficulties thinking of him as one, though.

      I would have preferred to read about some GCL guy never to be heard of again;-)

      1. Toby Hyde

        The problem is that Takahashi, is more likely to provide MLB value than *almost* any GCL guy. Not all, but almost.

  2. NateW

    I wonder if the first Takahashi vs. Kie Igawa Buffalo vs. Scranton matchup will be televised back in Japan. At least the Mets didn’t guarantee this AAA filler 20 mil…

  3. NateW

    The scouting report and the fact that he threw 140 pitches in that game makes him the Livan Hernandez of that league.

    In some of his games he mixed in a ‘shuuto’ as well… which is a split finger, right?

    1. TheBigStapler

      I think the shuuto is somewhere between a 2-seam fastball and a screwball both in terms of movement and velocity. More of a weak contact pitch to use on like-handed batters than a strikeout pitch.

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