Akiyama looking to majors

Seibu Lions center fielder Shogo Akiyama revealed Tuesday that he has informed the Pacific League club he will file for free agency in order to seek a deal with a major league team.

My analysis of Akiyama’s game is HERE. You can find the Kyodo News story published in the Japan Times HERE.

Since I have completed win shares calculations for 2019. Here are Akiyama’s career figures. For those unfamiliar with win shares, three win shares are worth one win.

Shogo Akiyama

YearTeamRaw WSBatting WSDef WS
2011Lions4.52.81.7
2012Lions15.713.62.1
2013Lions17.712.94.8
2014Lions15.3123.3
2015Lions28.723.65.1
2016Lions21.118.13
2017Lions25.722.23.5
2018Lions31.428.92.5
2019Lions22.520.32.2
Career Win Shares

Jim Allen

sports editor for a wire service in Tokyo

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