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Sponichi: Cleveland Indians sign Naoki Hashimoto to a minor league deal

by on Jul.02, 2012 @ 1:16 pm, under MLB

Sponichi is reporting that the Cleveland Indians signed Kobe Suns' (Kansai Independent League) right-handed pitcher Naoki Hashimoto (22) to a minor league deal.

Hashimoto supposedly has a good fastball that hits 150km/h, but has always struggled with his control.

UPDATE 7/3 @ 12:18am - A press conference was held in Sumoto, Hyogo on Monday to announce the signing.  Hashimoto will leave for the US some time before the end of the month and will be at Single-A.  His contract is worth a reported US$250,000.  Source: Nikkan Sports 7/2/2012

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2012 Stats

G IP W L Sv WPCT ERA ShO CG NP S B PA AB H 1B 2B 3B HR R ER SH SF BB IP HBP SO WP BK
18 33 2 1 0 0.667 6.55 0 0 716 380 336 170 130 30 22 6 2 0 29 24 2 1 34 0 3 33 11 0