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ESPN: Tsuyoshi Nishioka to be posted

by on Nov.09, 2010 @ 10:31 am, under MLB, NPB

ESPN's Tim Kurkjian has posted an article that points to the possibility of Tsuyoshi Nishioka getting posted to the MLB some time this week.

A snip:

Tsuyoshi Nishioka, a 26-year-old middle infielder for the Chiba Lotte Marines of the Pacific League in Japan, will be posted for MLB teams this week, a source close to the situation said Monday.

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Nishioka might be an attractive free agent for major league teams in a year with a weaker-than-normal free-agent class, especially for middle infielders.

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"I think that most organizations will think he will be better on the other side of the base [second base]," Valentine said. "He doesn't look like a classic major league shortstop. I don't know if that look will transfer here. But I think he can be an outstanding shortstop."

Career Stats

YR TM G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB HBP SO GIDP AVG SLG OBP OPS
2003 LOT 7 11 9 3 3 2 0 0 5 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 .333 .556 .455 1.010
2004 LOT 63 232 212 32 54 8 2 6 84 35 8 2 2 2 14 2 37 2 .255 .396 .304 .703
2005 LOT 122 493 447 80 120 22 11 4 176 48 41 9 6 4 31 5 51 6 .268 .394 .320 .717
2006 LOT 115 485 426 58 120 20 7 4 166 27 33 17 4 3 49 3 61 6 .282 .390 .358 .750
2007 LOT 130 559 494 76 148 31 3 3 194 40 27 13 7 4 50 4 73 3 .300 .393 .366 .761
2008 LOT 116 522 473 78 142 26 6 13 219 49 18 11 4 2 36 7 68 3 .300 .463 .357 .822
2009 LOT 120 531 454 70 118 24 5 14 194 41 26 10 3 2 67 5 76 6 .260 .427 .360 .789
2010 LOT 144 692 596 121 206 32 8 11 287 59 22 11 8 5 79 4 96 8 .346 .482 .423 .907
Totals 817 3525 3111 518 911 165 42 55 1325 300 175 73 34 22 328 30 463 34 .293 .426 .364 .792