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New York Yankees interested in college righty, Hirokazu Sawamura

by on Oct.26, 2010 @ 7:58 pm, under College, MLB

The New York Yankees are interested in 22-year-old Chuo University pitcher Hirokazu Sawamura.  So interested that they apparently filed a request with the Japanese Commissioner to check on the status of Sawamura.

Career College Stats

Year Tm G CG W L BF IP H HR HBP/BB SO WP BK R ER ERA
2007 Spring Chuo 10 4 1 35.1 22 12 28 9 2.34
2007 Fall Chuo 6 1 0 16.2 15 7 19 8 4.32
2008 Spring Chuo 8 2 1 13.0 16 3 9 4 2.77
2008 Fall Chuo 8 4 3 2 207 54.0 25 1 19 51 3 0 11 9 1.50
2009 Spring Chuo 7 2 3 3 192 48.0 35 0 12 49 4 0 12 9 1.69
2009 Fall Chuo 10 4 4 4 252 62.1 46 4 23 46 2 0 13 10 1.44
2010 Spring Chuo 8 5 5 3 253 66.0 40 6 16 56 1 0 17 9 1.23
2010 Fall Chuo 7 5 3 2 216 57.0 38 0 11 52 1 0 7 6 0.95

Refresher:

According to Rule 4 of the United States - Japanese Player Contract Agreement

If a U.S. Major League Club wishes to contact and engage a baseball player, professional or amateur, who is currently playing or has played baseball in Japan and / or is under contract with a Japanese Club (hereinafter referred to as a "Japanese Player"), the U.S. Major League Club shall first request that the U.S. Commissioner determine the status and availability of the Japanese Player in the same status and availability of an American Player is determined hereunder. The Japanese Commissioner shall respond to the request from the U.S. Commissioner within four (4) business days.  The U.S. Commissioner shall keep the identity of any U.S. Major League Club(s) inquiring of the status of a Japanese Player confidential in his communications with the Japanese Commissioner.

And for those interested in reading the whole agreement, here's a direct link to the pdf.