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Orix Buffaloes parting ways with Ballestas, Veloz

by on Jul.13, 2012 @ 7:16 pm, under NPB
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The Buffaloes announced today that they are parting ways with Freddy Ballestas and Ikusei Gregory Veloz.  They reportedly felt it might be difficult for the two players to find a spot on the Ichi-gun roster where they could excel.

Source: Daily Sports 7/13/2012, Official team announcement

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Freddy Ballestas

Year Level G W L SV CG SHO PCT BF IP H HR BB IBB HB SO WP BK R ER ERA
2010 Ni-gun 7 0 0 0 0 0 .000 28 7.1 3 0 4 0 0 3 0 1 1 0 0.00
2011 Ni-gun 21 2 7 0 0 0 .222 261 62.0 54 0 13 0 5 35 1 0 23 16 2.32
2012 Ni-gun 6 1 3 0 0 0 .250 129 27.2 29 1 19 0 1 9 0 0 18 18 5.86

Gregory Veloz

Year Level G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB IBB HP SO GDP AVG SLG OBP
2011 Ni-gun 21 79 75 10 23 3 0 5 41 8 1 2 0 0 4 1 0 15 2 .307 .547 .342
2012 Ni-gun 41 117 106 13 18 2 0 4 32 10 0 2 1 1 6 1 3 33 2 .170 .302 .233
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Orix Buffaloes sign Shoji Nagamine, Issei Nakamura; extend contracts on five foreign players

by on Dec.19, 2011 @ 4:33 pm, under NPB
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The Orix Buffaloes announced today that they signed former Chunichi Dragons LHP Shoji Nagamine (27) and OF Issei Nakamura (29).  Nagamine will be paid 7M yen and was assigned the number 69; Nakamura 6.5M yen and the number 63.  Neither player recorded any playing time at Ichi-gun this past season.

The Buffaloes also announced that Alfredo Figaro (27), Evan MacLane (29), Freddy Ballestas (25), Aarom Baldiris (28), and Ikusei Gregory Veloz (23) will all be returning next season.

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Orix Buffaloes Spring Camp News and Notes: February 8, 2011

by on Feb.08, 2011 @ 3:59 pm, under NPB
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This post will be updated throughout the day.

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Kazuki Kondo made an appearance as a BP pitcher today and threw 49 pitches.

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Freddy Ballestas faced Tomotaka Sakaguchi and Aarom Baldiris during BP today and threw 28 pitches.  Okada appeared satisifed with Ballestas' outing and said, "He looks a lot better than last year.  He throws pitches that batters struggle with.  They move just enough."

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The Buffaloes will be demoting Makoto Moriyama and Shogo Akada before the start of the third block (the team doesn't want to rush the two players) and will be calling up two other players -- Tomochika Tsuboi appears to be one of them.

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Akinobu Okada is trying to see the Chihiro Kaneko injury in a positive light.

Said Okada, "Instead of going down in the middle of the season, he went down now.  He didn't do very well during the early part of the season last year and went 4-7.  If that's the case, then we can't do any worse with other pitchers.  We have a lot of pitchers this year, so we can give everyone a chance."

Okada continued, "Like I said from the beginning, it wouldn't be possible to go the entire season with the same 6 pitchers."

He also told reporters that he had selected Kaneko to be his opening day starter this year.

As of now, Kaneko probably won't be able to return until sometime in May.

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With Kaneko hurt, Chan Ho Park may get the opening day start.

Okada apparently told the Korean press yesterday that Park may have a shot at the opening day start and that Park was also scheduled to pitch in an intra-squad game on the 25th and in an exhibition game on either 3/5 or 3/6.

Park spent some time teaching Hiroshi Kisanuki the two-seamer from yesterday (this on the heals of learning the fork from Kisanuki on Sunday).

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Orix Buffaloes liking what they see in Freddy Ballestas?

by on Jul.22, 2010 @ 3:44 pm, under NPB
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Freddy Ballestas tossed a simulated game during Ni-gun practice yesterday.  A number of the higher-ups (including coaches) watched him pitch and apparently liked what they saw.  Ballestas is now expected to join the Ichi-gun roster for practice during the All-Star break.

Said club general manager Yoshio Murayama, "He's young and he has potential.  I'd like at least one more look at him."

At this point, the team appears to be leaning towards offering Ballestas a contract.

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See also:

Orix Buffaloes to give Freddy Ballestas a tryout

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Orix Buffaloes to give Freddy Ballestas a tryout

by on Jul.16, 2010 @ 10:00 pm, under NPB
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The Buffaloes announced today that they will be giving 23-year-old right-hander Freddy Ballestas a tryout.  Ballestas spent 5 years in the Phillies organization between 2005 and 2009.  He then moved on to play for the Rio Grande Valley White Wings of the United Baseball League.

The Buffaloes already have 7 foreign players on the roster right now.

Incidentally, it seems Hyang-Nam Choi failed his tryout.

Career Minor League Stats

W L WPCT ERA G GS GF CG ShO Sv IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP
25 19 .568 3.39 78 61 4 3 3 0 361.1 343 190 136 15 120 0 299 21 1 24 1546 1.281

2010 Stats from UBL

W L ERA G GS SHO SV IP SO BB H
4 0 1.21 13 0 0 0 29.2 38 10 25
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