Posted 27 April 2013 - 08:52 AM
Tsuyoshi Nishioka is currently batting .344 with a .415 on-base percentage for the 2nd place (14-10) Hanshin Tigers in the Nippon Leagues' Central League. He's played 22 games at second base, making two errors.
According to the Google Chrome translation of the Hanshin Tigers website, Nishioka "emits" right-handed and "strokes" with both hands. He's had one "Death Ball" so far, zero "Conjunction Killing Strokes" and 32 "Cheap Shots."
Posted 27 April 2013 - 11:04 AM
Posted 29 April 2013 - 12:25 PM
I don't think that anyone should be surprised that he's playing at an All Star caliber in Japan. From all reports, he is a very good offensive and defensive player. The mental side of the game completely got to him in the US. Now back at home, he's relaxed and playing as expected.
Really? I thought his physical tools looked like a guy in AA, or career filler minor leaguer. Shoot, he didn't even hit that well in the minors. If the head-game made that big of an impact.... he rightfully went back to Japan.