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