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Nippon Ham Fighters: June 30, 2010

by on Jun.30, 2010 @ 4:31 pm, under NPB

...Toshiyuki Yanuki credits his time last year in the Arizona Fall League as helping him grow as a pitcher.  That's when he had a chance to play alongside Stephen Strasburg as a member of the 2009 Phoenix Desert Dogs, and also spent some time with fellow pitchers Ken Nishimura (HAN) and Keiichi Yabu at a power spot in Sedona.

According to Sponichi, Strasburg advised Yanuki to get on top of the ball when throwing it down low in the zone.  In other words, to take better advantage of his 190cm frame.