Acquired: International FA 2/11/10
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.