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Naoyuki Shimizu lands in Yokohama for two players

by on Nov.09, 2009 @ 12:13 pm, under NPB

The deal is now official.

The Yokohama Bay Stars send 27-year-old Takumi Nasuno (P) and 25-year-old Toshio Saito (C) to the Chiba Lotte Marines for 33-year-old Naoyuki Shimizu (P).

Shimizu will be in the second year of a 2-year deal next season.

On paper, this seems like a good deal for either side.  The Bay Stars get a live arm they can stick in the rotation behind Daisuke Miura, Stephen Randolph, and Hayato Terahara.  And the Marines get a little younger with a left-handed arm and another catcher to play around with.

Could all of this be another indication that Tasuku Hashimoto is on his way to Yokohama as well?

Naoyuki Shimizu

Year Team G W L S CG BF IP H HR BB HBP SO WP BK R ER ERA WHIP
2000 Lotte 27 3 6 0 1 475 100.0 110 9 66 2 69 13 0 77 68 6.12 1.76
2001 Lotte 31 6 2 0 0 191 43.1 43 6 20 2 30 0 0 20 18 3.74 1.45
2002 Lotte 31 14 11 0 2 768 177.2 197 28 57 3 124 4 1 91 90 4.56 1.43
2003 Lotte 28 15 10 0 5 850 204.1 200 14 53 6 147 9 0 86 71 3.13 1.24
2004 Lotte 23 10 11 0 5 699 169.1 160 21 42 4 126 2 0 73 64 3.40 1.19
2005 Lotte 23 10 11 0 7 687 164.1 170 27 37 5 99 4 0 77 70 3.83 1.26
2006 Lotte 25 10 8 0 6 718 171.0 178 9 36 6 137 2 0 74 65 3.42 1.25
2007 Lotte 25 6 10 0 3 657 145.0 189 15 39 6 101 1 0 86 77 4.78 1.57
2008 Lotte 25 13 9 0 7 679 165.2 151 13 41 1 108 4 0 81 69 3.75 1.16
2009 Lotte 23 6 7 0 2 638 144.2 177 14 42 1 88 5 0 75 71 4.42 1.51
Totals 261 93 85 0 38 6362 1485.1 1575 156 433 36 1029 44 1 740 663 4.02 1.35

Takumi Nasuno

Year Team G W L S CG BF IP H HR BB HBP SO WP BK R ER ERA WHIP
2005 Yokohama 8 1 2 0 0 109 22.0 32 5 12 0 16 1 0 22 20 8.18 2.00
2006 Yokohama 16 3 8 0 0 417 95.1 92 11 49 1 66 8 0 49 43 4.06 1.48
2007 Yokohama 63 4 5 1 0 276 61.2 68 6 26 1 43 5 0 29 26 3.79 1.52
2008 Yokohama 22 5 12 0 0 369 80.2 98 16 33 4 55 5 0 61 58 6.47 1.62
2009 Yokohama 12 0 0 0 0 34 7.0 9 1 5 0 5 1 0 9 9 11.57 2.00
Totals 121 13 27 1 0 1205 266.2 299 39 125 6 185 20 0 170 156 5.27 1.59

Toshio Saito

Year Team G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB HBP SO GIDP BA SLG OBP OPS
2008 Yokohama 25 44 39 2 7 0 0 0 7 2 0 0 4 0 1 0 13 0 .179 .179 .200 .379
2009 Yokohama 20 26 24 1 5 1 0 0 6 2 0 0 1 0 1 0 9 0 .208 .250 .240 .490
Totals 45 70 63 3 12 1 0 0 13 4 0 0 5 0 2 0 22 0 .190 .206 .215 .422

8 comments on “Naoyuki Shimizu lands in Yokohama for two players

  1. Blacklabel

    I really like this from the BayStars side. Shimizu has the pedigree to be the #2 or #3 starter where he can match up against the similar guy on other teams so I am sure he can do really well. This also frees Terahara to go back to being the closer, which is a definite must based on the last year closer performance where at 2 or 3 guys blew 5 saves each.

    Now BayStars need to go sign Randolph back and they have a solid 3 man rotation at least, then they can hope for some of the younger guys to come through at 4-6 position in the rotation where there is less pressure and they are pitching against weaker guys on the other team and have more room for error.

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  2. Matt

    I believe that Randolph’s contract this past season included a club option for next season (as I recall reading it) so he should be coming back. I would really like Hitoshi Fujie get another shot at the rotation as he was phenomenal in the second half of the 2-gun season and put up some impressive numbers in the end.

    Again, while this is a good move for the Stars, obviously more needs to be done. In particular, I’m looking at the catcher position as Hosoyamada and others did next to nothing in terms of production at the plate.

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    1. Gen Post author

      There’s talk that the Bay Stars will sign Tasuku Hashimoto. I would think that would give them a nice boost at the catching position.

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    2. Deanna

      I think you’re being a little hard on Hosoyamada. He is, after all, only a rookie out of college — even Shota Ohno didn’t have a fantastic offensive season as a rookie, and he got to start a Japan Series game.

      When I first started following Big 6, Takeshi was actually coming off a season as the Big 6 batting champ. He’s got it in him, he just needs to adjust to the pro level. And he DID hit well at ni-gun.

      Anyway, this is a great trade for Yokohama, dumping Eggplant boy on someone else ;) I was never much of a Nasuno fan, still can’t believe how much controversy there was about him back in the day of the under-the-table payments and so on.

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  3. Blacklabel

    Matt: Yeah I like Fujie too, I think he would make a really great bottom of the rotation guy until he gets more experience. I also would like to see if Yamaguchi (the ex-closer) will work out as a starter as I have heard he wants to try. He isnt a bad pitcher just not a guy you want on the mound in the 9th. BayStars need to get a gaijin power batter and some more reliable relief and hopefully things will be looking up

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  4. Blacklabel

    Deanna: Yeah I cant believe that Nasuno managed to lose 27 games when he hardly even played except for 2007. But of course with the way things go for the BayStars he will be an All-Star for the Marines. But I still like it, I am sure Shimizu will do well.

    Yeah now if the BayStars can get a catcher other than Hosoyamada that would be good. Not that Hashimoto who is rumored to be coming bats any better though. Really makes me miss the Aikawa days, he is not sooo good but much better than anyone they have now.

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  5. Matt

    Deanna, I know I may have been a little hard on Hosoyamada but he did play in the majority of games this year so I think it’s fair that some of my critism goes towards him (with the team getting the most of it). But most certainly, it’s not his fault he was thrust into the starting lineup despite being a first year rookie. It’s a case of being stupid again as Yokohama signed Toshihiro Noguchi to replace Aikawa and expected him to play at an everyday level depite almost pushing 40. I think we can both agree that Hosoyamada needs more time to develop at 2-gun so he can properly become Yokohama’s backstop for years to come. It’s time for the more tenured catchers on the roster like Shingo Takeyama and Shiji Ninuma to step up to the plate (no pun intended) as more playing time will be avalible with Toshio Saitoh gone now.

    Blacklabel, It’s interesting that you bring up the possibilty of Yamaguchi being a starter. I’d never given it that much thought and I find it to be interesting. But, I think Yokohama is making a HUGE mistake by cutting Dan Johnson as it will be hard to replace that offense despite a low batting average.

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  6. blacklabel

    Matt, Yes I agree with you that they should have kept Dan Johnson. He was benched or in ni-gun for quite a portion of the season and still managed like 25 home runs. Low batting average of course but at least he had some power, particuarly against the Giants. With the number of HR and his hitting against the Kyojin, I see him in Tokyo Dome next year if he returns to Japan. I heard somewhere that it was pretty much a done deal that Terahara goes back to closer and Yamaguchi gets a chance to start, so see if that comes to pass or not.

    Kinda interesting that Yokohama has no catching considering ex-BayStars are manning the catching positions on 3 of the other 5 Central League teams. Then they also have no closer but their ex-closer just tied the postseason and Japan series save records, closing out every win for the whole postseason except the sayonara homerun game.

    For me, the keys right now are Kinjoh and Yoshimura. Both of them had really subpar seasons with the bat, so if they can get that corected then the ‘Stars might have a chance at 4th place again like their glory year of a few years ago :-)

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