Could a young 22 year old Japanese Pitcher be in our future? Junichi Tazawa a 22 year old hard throwing right hander wants to come to the USA.
Tazawa pitched for a company team in Japan but hasn't played professionally in his native country, so there would be no costly compensation to Japan as with previous players. He notified teams several months ago that he wished to play in North America and didn't want to be drafted. Nippon Professional Baseball complied.
The Sox have been the most aggressive team with regard to Tazawa, who is also being courted by the Atlanta Braves, Florida Marlins and our Cubs, among others. Tazawa throws a mid-90s fastball, a 12-6 overhand curveball and a split-finger fastball as part of his repertoire.