Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Shota Tomonaga



It's been a while, but here's another of the many Dragons autographs I picked up. Actually, one of the first I picked up in the form of the Shota Tomonaga above.


This is another Mizuno Epoch autograph from 2015 that's limited to 23 copies.

I acquired this in a box of Dragons autographs singles at Mint Shinjuku when I was stopping by with Ryan (of This Card Is Cool). An autograph of a name I knew from top 10 Dragons prospect rankings for 1,000 yen (aprox. $10) limited to 23 copies? Sold!


Shota Tomonaga was drafted by the Chunichi Dragons in the third round of the 2014 NPB Player Draft. Upon being drafted Tomonaga was given the jersey number 1, the first to receive/use the jersey number since Kosuke Fukudome back in 1998.


Tomonaga's key attributes appear to be his speed and his glove in the outfield (ideally centerfield). Tomonaga hasn't hit as consistently as you'd like (even in the minors) but many do see him as a potential table setter atop the lineup if he can ever adjust. I have heard whispers that some see him as the next Ryosuke Hirata so it's possible. If nothing else he does take a lot of walks and see's a lot of pitches.

Interestingly enough Tomonaga went to high school with Tomoyuki Sugano of the Yomiuri Giants (although Tomonaga was one grade below). Tomonaga hit his first professional ichigun (big league in the NPB) hit off of Sugano in 2015.


So yeah, a pretty intriguing prospect autograph to have around. At least for me. We'll see how his career pans out in a few years.

As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).

2 comments:

  1. Woo-Hoo! A Fukudome mention!
    $10 for an auto limited to 23 copies... is the card market in Japan less pricey than here in the states?

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    1. Lol, I just realized how long it took for a Fukudome mention.

      As for the autograph market, it's tricky. From what I've heard, the status quo is that the autographs are pricey during a player's rookie year, but then they plummet in value in the subsequent years. The only exceptions are the likes of Shohei Ohtani (future superstars) or guys who rarely signed like Masahiro Tanaka and Yu Darvish.
      For the most part this rule holds true though. I managed to acquire a few autographs for basically half of the prices on their rookie autos.

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