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Nikkan Sports: Masahiko Morifuku interested in playing in the Majors

by on Jul.20, 2012 @ 5:34 pm, under NPB

Masahiko Morifuku (25) is interested in playing in the Majors at some point in his career.  He was six years away from his international FA option at the start of the season, so he still has a little ways to go, unless he gets posted.

"I could be playing in the Majors in the future.  I would like to go.  There are not too many left-handed side-arm pitchers so it seems like there is a demand.  [Hideki] Okajima has also told me things," said Morifuku.

Stamina and conditioning is a concern for the relatively small-bodied Morifuku (171cm and 65kg), but he still has time to work on that side of his game.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/20/2012

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Career Stats

Year Team G W L SV CG SHO BF IP H HR BB HB SO WP BK R ER ERA
2007 SOF 7 0 0 0 0 0 24 6.0 3 0 1 2 7 0 0 1 1 1.50
2008 SOF 6 0 0 0 0 0 33 6.2 9 0 6 0 3 1 0 5 5 6.75
2009 SOF 13 0 0 0 0 0 49 11.0 12 1 3 1 11 0 0 7 6 4.91
2010 SOF 36 3 1 0 0 0 188 48.2 34 5 10 3 45 0 0 17 14 2.59
2011 SOF 60 4 2 1 0 0 211 55.2 38 3 10 1 45 0 0 7 7 1.13
2012 SOF 37 1 3 14 0 0 133 34.0 21 0 8 1 31 0 0 4 4 1.06
Totals 159 8 6 15 0 0 638 162.0 117 9 38 8 142 1 0 41 37 2.06