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    Tsuyoshi Nishioka - Adopt A Prospect Thread


    Tsuyoshi Nishioka
    Birthdate: 7/27/1984 (Age 27)
    6'1" 175 lbs.
    Switch Hitter, Throws Right
    Born in Daito, Osaka

    Nippon Professional Baseball League Notes
    * His debut was on 6/23/2003 (Age 18).
    * In his first plate appearance (6/28/2003), he hit a double.
    * He only received 11 plate appearances in 2003 and spent most of his time in the Japanese minors.
    * His 2003 Eastern League .216 batting average was among the lowest among all qualifying players.
    * Upon the advice of his coach, he started switch hitting in 2004.
    * His first homerun and stolen base came in the same game (6/27/2004).
    * Nishioka's breakout year was in 2005, when he hit just .268 but led the league in triples (11) and stolen bases (41).
    * The team won the Japan Series in 2005.
    * During 2005, he won the League Best Nine award at SS and the Golden Glove at 2B (due to him splitting time at the positions).
    * He starred in the World Baseball Classic in 2006 where Japan won Gold.
    * Manager Bobby Valentine used Tsuyoshi exclusively at short stop in 2006 to reduce the risk of injury.
    * In his Age 22 season (2007), he hit .300 for the first time ... despite being hampered by a wrist injury and neck pain.
    * During 2008, Nishioka reached double digit home runs for the first time (13) and still hit .300. Injuries limited him to 116 games.
    * In 2009, Nishioka was named to the team's preliminary World Baseball Classic roster, but was ultimately cut as bothered by injuries.
    * In 2010, Nishioka led the league with 206 hits, a .346 batting average, and 121 runs scored.

    Contract Negotiation
    The Chiba Lotte Marines accepted a $5 Million bid through the posting system.
    On 12/17/2010, Nishioka officially signed for $9 million over 3 years.
    The Twins hold a 2014 Club Option of $4 million with a $250k buy-out.
    The minimum commitment is $14.25 million over 3 years with the (albeit small) possibility of paying $18 million over 4 years.

    2011 Season
    * During spring training, Nishioka was named the second baseman.
    * His first MLB (4/1/2011) game included going 1 for 3 from the plate with a strikeout and a fielding error.
    * One week into his career (4/7/2011), Nishioka suffered a broken left fibula as Yankee Nick Swisher slid into second.
    * After missing 59 games, Nishioka returned on 6/16/2011 playing shortstop.
    * Final statistics included hitting .226 in 221 at bats, 14 runs scored, 19 RBIs, 0 HR, 15 walks, 43 strikeouts.
    * His OBP was .278 and slugging percentage of .249. This makes his OPS .527.

    2012 Season
    * Nishioka was optioned to Rochester on 3/19/2012 making Tsuyoshi Nishioka the highest paid Adopt-A-Prospect.
    * Tsuyoshi opened the minor league season on a poor note collecting 2 only hits in his first 19 at bats.
    * Nishioka is currently 7 out of his last 20 at bats ... though that only raised his season batting average to .203 (with 3 steals).
    * His last game action was on 4/20/2012.
    * Nishioka was placed on the 7 day disabled list on 4/24/2012 with a high ankle sprain. The injury was suffered sliding into third.
    * I am unaware of any anticipated return.

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    Senior Member Big-Leaguer
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    Adopt a Bust?

    I thought this was for prospects? Does this mean that all players in the organization have been adopted if Nishioka just got picked???

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    Senior Member Big-Leaguer gil4's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by darin617 View Post
    Does this mean that all players in the organization have been adopted...?
    Should I adopt Ryan Mills next?

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    Return from the DL

    Nishioka returned from the disabled list (after being out nearly a full month) with a 1 for 2 performance and a walk on May 15. In fact, he took a walk in each of the four games after returning from the DL against Louisville. Unfortunately, he was cold in the series against Gwinnet going 1 for 10 with another walk. The lone hit was a two run home run on 5/19. This has brought his slugging percentage for the year to .259. OUCH!

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