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Eri Yoshida drafted by the Chico Outlaws / Works with Tim Wakefield

by on Jan.26, 2010 @ 11:46 am, under Other

=== 3/6/2010 1:10pm JST

Two potentially revealing quotes:

"I want to pitch in the US again"

"I love American baseball.  I want another chance to return to the US and get batters out with my knuckleball."

Her goal remains the same:

"I want to play with [Tim] Wakefield.  I want to stand on the same mound."

=== 3/5/2010 9:34pm JST

Yoshida arrived back in Japan on Friday.  This month will likely be big for Yoshida as she not only graduates from her correspondence high school, but will also need to decide where she wants to play baseball this year.

=== 3/4/2010 11:09am JST

Plenty of articles going up on Eri Yoshida at various sites.  Here are some of them:

ESPN - Is Eri Yoshida The Next Tim Wakefield?

USA Today - Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield tutors Japanese teen

Boston Herald - Tim Wakefield floats some advice

MLB.com - Wakefield imparts knuckleball knowledge

Hartford Courant - Japan Woman, 18, Gets Tips From Wakefield

Courant.com Rivalry Central - Red Sox: Tim Wakefield and Japan's Eri Yoshida

NESN - Eri Yoshida Nearly Speechless After Meeting Idol Tim Wakefield (Video)

Providence Journal - Red Sox Journal: Wakefield meets Japanese girl who hopes to follow in his footsteps

=== 3/3/2010 9:54am JST

Yoshida had a chance to work with Tim Wakefield for about 20 minutes on the 2nd.  Wakefield apparently told Yoshida that the most important thing for a knuckleball pitcher to focus on is keeping the wrist in a fixed position.

There meeting will apparently be part of a TV program in Japan.

=== 3/2/2010 11:52pm JST

Yoshida dropped by Red Sox training camp on the 1st and had a chance to meet Daisuke Matsuzaka, Hideki Okajima, and Junichi Tazawa.  She also managed to catch her childhood hero Tim Wakefield as well.  According to Sponichi and Sanspo, it seems she'll have a chance to work with him on the 2nd.

Sanspo has some good pitches from the meeting.

Yoshida is currently scheduled to return to Japan on 3/5.

=== 2/28/2010 1:46pm JST

Seems Yoshida needs to make her decision by the middle of April.

Meanwhile the Japan Future Baseball League reported that they have yet to receive any word from Yoshida about her status for the upcoming season.

=== 2/27/2010 11:55am JST

Eri Yoshida was apparently drafted by the Chico Outlaws (Golden Baseball League).  If she agrees to join the Outlaws, she'll become the first Japanese female baseball player to play in a pro league in the US.

Yoshida told reporters she would like to talk it over with her parents before making a decision.  Her father was apparently quite surprised at the news.

=== UPDATE 5:31pm JST

A little more info on the start.  She gave up a run on 3 hits in the first and 5 runs on 5 hits in the second.  With runners on first and second in the 2nd, Yoshida got a batter to hit into what may have been a GIDP, but instead went down as an error.

=== UPDATE 2/26/2010 8:45pm JST

Yoshida may have given up 6 runs on 8 hits, but her teammates also committed 2 errors (which led to 5 of the 6 runs being unearned).  The Western Canada Miners ended up beating the Yuma Scorpions, 7-6.  Direct link to the boxscores at pointstreak.com.

Complete line:

IP BF NP (S) H R ER BB SO HBP WP
2.0 14 14 (13) 8 6 1 0 0 1 0

=== UPDATE 2/22/2010 8:45pm JST

Yoshida started and didn't figure in the decision, but pitched fairly well in her longest outing so far.  Seems she also ran into some control problems again, walking 2 and hitting 1.  The Yuma Scorpions ended up beating the Saskatchewan Silver Sox, 8-4.  Direct link to the boxscores at pointstreak.com.

Complete line:

IP BF NP (S) H R ER BB SO HBP WP
4.2 21 21 (18) 4 2 2 2 1 1 0

=== UPDATE 2/19/2010 10:05pm JST

Another solid outing for Yoshida as she tossed a perfect inning in relief against the Western Canada Miners.  She has now gone three outings in a row without giving up a run.  The Scorpions won the game, 5-0. Direct link to the boxscores at pointstreak.com.

Complete line:

IP BF NP (S) H R ER BB SO HBP WP
1.0 3 3 (3) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

=== UPDATE 2/16/2010 9:53pm JST

Yoshida told reporters that she's really enjoying her time in the US and that she was surprised to be getting so many chances to pitch.  She also said that she has been able to work on polishing up her fastball and curve since she hasn't been able to throw her knuckleball using the league-regulated ball (she's having a hard time getting a good grip on the larger baseball).

=== UPDATE 2/15/2010 6:03pm JST

Here's an interesting note: Yoshida mentions on her blog that he threw mostly fastballs and curves in order to secure her first pro victory.  Seems she's having a hard time throwing her knuckleball.  It probably has something to do with the difference in balls.

=== UPDATE 2/14/2010 11:51am JST

Looks like Yoshida is really beginning to get into the swing of things.  She started on Friday and tossed 4 shutout innings against Team Canada to record her first victory. A big difference from her first start against Team Canada when she gave up 5 runs (mostly due to control problems that led to 4 HBPs and 1 WP).  Direct link to the boxscores at pointstreak.com.

Complete line:

IP BF NP (S) H R ER BB SO HBP WP
4.0 15 15 (15) 4 0 0 0 1 0 0

=== UPDATE 2/11/2010 9:27pm JST

Yoshida tossed a shutout inning of relief on Tuesday against the Blythe Heat.  The Yuma Scorpions ended up winning the game, 7-6. Direct link to the boxscores at pointstreak.com.

Complete line:

IP BF NP (S) H R ER BB SO HBP WP
1.0 4 4 (4) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

=== UPDATE 2/7/2010 7:29am JST

Yoshida tossed 2 innings in relief on Friday against the San Luis Athleticos.  She gave up a run during her two innings of work, but that wouldn't have change the outcome as the Scorpions lost the game, 7-2.  Direct link to the boxscores at pointstreak.com.

Complete line:

IP BF NP (S) H R ER BB SO HBP WP
2.0 10 10 (8) 3 1 1 2 0 0 0

=== UPDATE 2/5/2010 8:41am JST

Looks as though Yoshida's beginning to settle in nicely.  She tossed another inning of relief on 2/3 as the Yuma Scorpions beat the Saskatchewan Silver Sox, 1-0.  Direct link to the boxscores at pointstreak.com.

Complete line:

IP BF NP (B) H R ER BB SO HBP WP
1.0 3 3 (3) 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

=== UPDATE 2/2/2010 9:20am JST

Yoshida's second appearance on the 31st was much better. She was the third pitcher to appear in a game against the Western Canada Miners. The Scorpions ended up winning the game, 9-6.  You can view the complete boxscores from the game at poinstreak.com.

Complete line:

IP BF NP (S) H R ER BB SO HBP WP
1.0 3 2 (2) 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

=== UPDATE 8:28pm JST

Yoshida mentioned the rosin bag as being a problem for her during her start.  Seems she didn't think it was going to be so sticky -- It was after using the rosin bag that she started losing control.

I wonder if there's any difference in the rosin bags between the MLB and the NPB.  Seems whenever I see a rosin bag in Japan, it's always throwing up white dust every which way.  Maybe they keep it fresher over here?

=== UPDATE 1/31/2010 9:33am JST

Some more on her start:

Yoshida hit three batters in the second to load the bases. A wild pitch allowed the first run to score. A single drove in the next two runs. A ground out drove in the fourth run. Another single drove in the fifth and final run.  You can view the complete boxscores from the game at poinstreak.com.

Complete line:

IP BF NP (S) H R ER BB SO HBP WP
2.0 12 21 (12) 3 5 5 1 0 4 1

=== UPDATE 1/30/2010 12:54pm JST

Yoshida's first start didn't go to well.

She gave up 5 runs on 3 hits and 5 walks / HBPs over 2 innings of work.  Seems Team Canada scored all 5 of the runs in the second inning.

=== UPDATE 1/29/ 2010 2:55pm JST

Yoshida's fourth day of practice with the Scorpions ended on the 28th.

After practice on the 28th, Yoshida held a bullpen session and tossed 25 pitches, mostly knuckleballs.

Yoshida has been officially selected to start a game on the 29th against Team Canada.   She has already made two appearances in intra-squad games.

=== UPDATE 1/28/2010 11:04am JST

Seems the Yuma Scorpions have penciled Yoshida in for a start on the 29th against Team Cananda in a game that begins at 6pm.

Someone involved with the team said, "We'll let her go as deep into the game as she can.  I haven't seen her knuckleball yet, but based on footage that was sent to us from Japan, I think it looks like a good pitch."

The Scorpions are expecting about 2,000 people.

Yoshida has already pitched an inning during an intra-squad game on the second day of practice.

=== UPDATE 1:56pm JST

Yoshida took part in Monday's team practice.  She worked on her fielding off the mound and also participating in a pitcher's meeting.

=== UPDATE 1/26/2010 11:46am JST

Eri Yoshida arrived in Yuma on the Sunday (1/24).  Yuma Scorpion manager Mike Marshall apparently picked her up at the airport.  After getting settled in, she started things off by playing some catch.

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