After watching 2 innings of work on march 17th agains't the Twins in which Tazawa retired 6 straight, Tazawa looks like a very promising future pitcher. Tazawa featured a nasty curve, a fastball that ranged from 91 - 93, and a split finger fastball.
So what do we know about Tazawa?
|Junichi Tazawa (Pitcher)|
|DOB||Jun. 6, 1986||AGE||22||BIRTH PLACE||Yokohama, Kanagawa|
|HEIGHT||5-11 (181 cm)||WEIGHT||180 lbs (81 kg)||BATS- THROWS||Right - Right|
|2008||NIppon Oil ENEOS (Industrial)||6||1||0||1.00||11||54.0||56|
How is he doing so far this spring?
W L S ERA G GS IP H R ER BB K
J Tazawa: 0 0 0 1.80 3 0 5.0 3 1 1 1 7
90-94 Mph Fastball that works inward on righties.
75-78 Mph Curveball.
Above average Forkball.
He has excellent command, and likes to paint corners similar to Daisuke Matsuzaka, one of his idols. His delivery is somewhat unconventional, similar to Michael Bowden's. His arm lags behind his shoulder and he has an abrupt whipping action down from his elbow as he releases the ball. His follow through isn't all that smooth, and some might say its almost non-existent. However, his lower body has solid mechanics and stays balanced throughout his motion.
How much, how long?
Tazawa's deal is a major league contract worth an estimated $3 million over three years, though Tazawa would not become a free agent at the end of the contract. By agreement between the player and team, Tazawa would become eligible for arbitration after he accrues three years of service time (as is the case with any player) and would not be eligible for free agency until he has six years of service (in this case, no earlier than the fall of 2014).
Junichi Tazawa looks like he has a lot of potential, lets just hope that translates into success in the majors!