The Chunichi Dragons have a ton of pitchers I'm pretty interested in seeing develop, and Shota Suzuki is one of them.
Mainly because I have an autograph of his numbered to 60.
Shota Suzuki was another top 10 Dragons prospect I had heard about prior to obtaining this autograph and I'm hoping the hype pays off.
Shota Suzuki was drafted by the Chunichi Dragons in the first round of the 2013 NPB Player Draft. The very first professional baseball player to ever come out of Seirei Christopher High School, Suzuki first gained attention during his third year of high school when he threw 28 innings (with 37 k's) in three games, and had enough potential that the Dragons gave him the coveted ace number (number 18).
Suzuki's arsenal consists of a fastball that can reach 143 kilometers/hour (aprox. 88 mph), as well as a curveball, change up, slider and fork-ball. Pretty much all of which are work in progress pitches. Suzuki's key to reaching his potential as an ace lies with the development of his secondary pitches. Suzuki's also taken to trying to build his stamina by trying to gain more muscle/weight. Rumor has it that the threw over 2,000 pitches in spring training last year alone. Woof, my arm hurts just reading that. Oh yeah, he even threw 309 pitches in a inter-squad game the other day too.
Suzuki's seen limited action in his cups of coffee with the big league Dragons. Being used in a relief role more than as a starter. The jury is still out on Suzuki, I have high hopes for him. But the Dragons kinda suck at developing players so I'm hoping a more competent team can take him in (get it done Cashman!). He has the arsenal and the easy delivery, what he doesn't have is all of it putting together. Also, take it easy on the arm.
One last tidbit I found looking up stuff about Suzuki is that his pre game ritual is to always clean his room in his dorm. Not a bad ritual actually.
As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).