Furuya 1st NPB lefty to hit 100 mph

Yuto Furuya became the first left-handed pitcher in Japan to touch 100 miles per hour on Sunday for the SoftBank Hawks’ third-tier club in a game against the Shikoku Island League’s Kagawa Olive Guyners.

The 20-year-old, the Hawks’ second-round draft pick in 2016, has yet to play for the Pacific League club. He was called up last season — only to be diagnosed with a circulatory issue in his left arm.

Other than his health, the story of his pro career so far has been his inability to throw strikes. In three minor league seasons through May 5, Furuya — a cousin of Lotte Marines lefty Takuya Furuya — has walked 66 batters in 88 innings, while striking out 61 in 88 innings.

Jim Allen

sports editor for a wire service in Tokyo

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