Like previous years, Dutch hoofdklasse club Oosterhout Twins has added a pitcher from Japan. Just like last year, the hurler is coming from partner club Ibaraki Astro Planets.
Almost a year ago, Oosterhout Twins and the Ibaraki Astro Planets signed an agreement on exchanging players. Last year, two pitchers of the club from the Baseball Challenge League already played for the team from Oosterhout. Their impact was rather big as the club made it to the playoffs of the Dutch hoofdklasse.
The pitcher that will be added to the roster of Oosterhout Twins is the 25-year old Chikara Igami, born on June 14, 1996 in Osaka.
The north paw has pitched a couple of seasons in the independent Empire League in the USA. In 2018, Chikara pitched nine games (all starts) for the Plattsburgh T-Birds and posted a 5-2 record with a 5.63 ERA in 46.33 innings pitched. He averaged four strikeouts per nine innings.
In 2019, Chikara played for the Saranac Lake Surge. With the Lake Surge, he started seven games and posted a 2-3 record with a 5.31 ERA over 40.67 innings. Once again, he averaged four strikeouts per nine innings. In 2021 Chikara didn’t make that many innings for the Astro Planets, a total of 9 1/3. In those few innings, he posted a very good ERA of 1.92. He struck out five, walked seven, and gave up only two earned runs.
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