Japanese ace Yoshinobu Yamamoto headed to MLB in 2024


By AJ Johnson

Yoshinobu Yamamoto is headed to an MLB ballpark near you.

Yoshinobu Yamamoto

TOKYO —The Orix Buffaloes said Sunday after it lost Game 7 of the Japan Series that Yoshinobu Yamamoto will be allowed to move to a Major League Baseball team under the player posting system

It’s been widely reported already that the ace pitcher will move to MLB and is expected to be a top target of many teams this winter.

“I’d like to thank my team for accepting my request,” Yamamoto was quoted by Japan’s Kyodo news agency as saying after Orix lost 7-1 in the Games 7 on Sunday.

The 25-year-old right-handed pitcher has a record of 70-29 in the Japanese baseball league. He is known for his wide assortment of breaking pitches, pinpoint command, and a fastball in the mid-90 mph range.

Yamamoto pitched two games during the World Series equivalent for Japanese baseball -The Japan Series. He allowed seven earned runs in Game 1 but came back in Game 6 and set a series record when he struck out 14.

Yamamoto was 16-6 this season with a 1.21 ERA.. He struck out 169 in 164 innings.

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