Pitch limit for Japanese high school pitchers

For the first time since Japanese high school baseball is played, pitchers will be limited to 500 pitches per week. The Japanese National High School Baseball Federation has decided to go with this rule to protect young pitchers from abuse. In the (recent) past it was pretty common that pitchers threw over 200 pitches per …

Van den Hurk pitched in Ni-Gun game again

After his last start was pushed back due to concerns about his progress/condition, Rick van den Hurk finally pitched a Ni-Gun game for the Softbank Hawks again. Last Saturday he pitched three innings against the Ni-Gun team of the Yomiuri Giants. He struck out three and walked one. His pitches topped 94 mph. Rick gave …

Are Japanese starting pitchers worth the investment?

With the news that Yu Darvish has another injury, a UCL sprain, and that he may need surgery, I start to wonder if it pays off to acquire Japanese starting pitchers right out of Japan. Of course there have been plenty that have/had a career without major injuries or declining numbers, but Darvish is one …

Van den Hurk reports at new club

Rick van den Hurk arrived in Japan yesterday to join his new team, the Softbank Hawks from Fukuoka. Shortly after his arrival he joined a training session and introduced himself to his new team members. Today the six time Japnanese champion organized a press conference to introduce the 29-year old Dutch RHP. During the last …

Van den Hurk to Fukuoka

After the posts "Van den Hurk to Japan?", "Yomiuri Giants also interested in Van den Hurk" and "Despite having signed Matsuzaka, Van den Hurk still on Hawks' radar", I can finally tell that according to sponichi.co.jp,  Rick van den Hurk has signed a  two year deal with the Softbank Hawks from Fukuoka. According to the …

Despite having signed Matsuzaka, Van den Hurk still on Hawks’ radar

    The current Japanese champion, the Softbank Hawks, are still interested in Dutch pitcher Rick van den Hurk. After the winner of the Nippon Series signed Daisuke Matsuzaka they are still looking to improve their rotation. But the team from Fukuoka aren't the only team in Japan that want him. The Yomiuri Giants from Tokyo …

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