Eighteen-year-old Takuya Tsuchida from Haguro High School has signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians. Tsuchida was the captain of the Haguro team and played the outfield. He is 170cm tall and weighs 70kg. He throws with his right and hits from both sides of the plate. He can run the fifty meter in 5.8 seconds.
Tsuchida did submit a letter of intent but was not selected during the draft and later sat down with the Indians. Cleveland likes that he can hit from both sides of the plate, has speed, and can play any position. He will head to the US in March and will most likely begin his career at Rookie.
Said Tsuchida, "I am worried, but it is a place where I can test abilities. I want to take advantage of my speed and become a player that will be noticed by the manager."
UPDATE @ 10:22pm -
Tsuchida, his father, and his high school manager finalized a deal with Indians' director of Pacific Rim Scouting Dave DeFreitas on Monday.
DeFreitas on Tsuchida: "He is a switch-hitter with speed. He can be a utility player that plays multiple positions. He interested us because he has a lot of all-around potential."
Source: Nikkan Sports 10/30/2012