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Scout Diary: Feb. 21, 2020 – Fumiya Kurokawa, 2B, Rakuten

I was going to do a rundown on all the top draft picks from NPB’s 2019 autumn draft, but Fumiya Kurokawa grabbed my attention with a story of his alertness on the bases, so here we are.

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Furukawa was the second pick of the Pacific League’s Rakuten Eagles out of powerhouse high school Chiben Wakayama. He’s a second baseman, and that usually raises questions among amateurs because if he could field and had an arm, he’d be a shortstop.

  • Birthday: 4/17/2001
  • H: 1.82 m, W: 86 kg
  • Bats: L, Throws: R
  • Position: 2B

Physical description: Looks like a left-handed-hitting Hideto Asamura who has grown into his body more quickly than Asamura did. He has pronounced movement with his front foot, swinging his toe over the plate as he times the pitcher’s delivery.

Hitting Ability5060
Running Speed5555
Base Running7070
Arm Strength4040
Arm Accuracy5050
Baseball Instinct6060

Abilities: Soft hands, quick flips. Alert, aggressive base runner. Disciplined approach, compact swings, quick hands to the ball, with a slight uppercut.

Weaknesses: Hyper conscious of setting his feet before throwing, often taking an extra step before throwing.

Summation: He could develop real power, and pro coaches are sure to iron out his throwing technique and make him an above-average fielder.

2019 video of Kurokawa as a high school senior

Follow up

The report says nothing about his makeup or his speed to first, so those are things I’d like to fill in as time goes by. He did get to second on balls into the outfield in 8 seconds, but I don’t have enough records to know if that’s really fast or not.

NPB games of Sept. 23, 2019

It was not the best of pitches or the best of swings, but Ernesto Mejia was able to launch an inside fastball from Alan Busenitz where the Eagles outfielders weren’t, his two-out, bases-loaded fly landing just out of reach for a game-breaking three-run double on Monday.

On Japan’s national holiday celebrating the autumnal equinox, the Seibu Lions’ pennant push was in danger of achieving a dangerous equilibrium. With three games left to finish, they were tied 2-2 in the eighth inning with a one-game lead over the SoftBank Hawks, who were approaching the end of their game an 8-0 whipping of the Orix Buffaloes.

Mejia’s double, his second game breaker against the Eagles in four days following his walk-off home run on Friday, lifted the Lions to a 5-3 win after two-straight losses in Sendai.

For the Lions, whose starting pitchers entered the game with a 4.65 ERA, Keisuke Honda gave them their fourth strong start in five games, cruising through six innings before surrendering a two-run Jabari Blash homer in the seventh that tied it.

Three two-out walks by Busenitz (4-3) brought Mejia to the plate, and the big Venezuelan made contact. Here’s his hero interview.

Hideto Asamura, who singled and scored on Blash’s 33rd home run, hit his 32nd in the ninth off Tatsushi Masuda, who recorded his career-high 30th game.

Middle relief ace Katsunori Hirai, pitching in his PL-record 80th game, worked a 1-2-3 eighth two days after blowing up Saturday’s game after seven scoreless innings from Starter Tatsuya Imai. Hirai’s 80 games ties him for second all-time with Kyuji Fujikawa, who pitched in 80 games for the Hanshin Tigers in 2005. The NPB record is 90, set by the Tigers’ Tomoyuki Kubota in 2007.

“Last time, I was the one who cost us and let them come from behind,” Hirai said. “It’s inexcusable to make the same mistake twice. They beat me, so I wanted to get return the favor.”

Game highlights are HERE.

Hawks 8, Buffaloes 0

At Kyocera Dome, Keizo Kawashima tripled to open the game, scoried on a Kenta Imamiya single, and Alfredo Despaigne capped the inning with a two-run homer as SoftBank overran Orix.

Andrew Albers (2-6) allowed five runs over two innings to take the loss. Rei Takahashi (12-5) started and went seven innings for the Hawks. Despaigne’s homer was his 35th, while Cuban compatriot Yurisbel Gracial hit his 28th.

Game highlights are HERE.

Marines 6, Fighters 1

At Zozo Marine Stadium, a must-win game for Lotte’s pennant hopes was used as Kazuya Fukuura’s retirement game, and the 42-year-old went out in style. Although he went hitless, he took over first base for the final inning and dove to spear a low line drive for the final out.

It was the last game in Chiba for retiring Fighters infielder Kensuke Tanaka, who was given quite a send off by the opposing fans.

“I’m so grateful to the Lotte fans for singing my cheer song during each of my at-bats,” said Tanaka, who received bouquets of flowers Lotte’s Brandon Laird and Hiromi Oka, both former Fighters teammates.

“Oka was just balling his head off, and that put me on the verge of tears.”

Game highlights are HERE.

Central League

Carp 4, Dragons 3, 10 innings

At Mazda Stadium, Dayan Viciedo tied the game 3-3 with a two-run, ninth-inning home run off Geronimo Franzua, but Hiroshima’s Tsubasa Aizawa sealed a painful loss for Chunichi with a 10th-inning sayonara single.

The Dragons fell 2-1/2 games back of the Carp, who occupy the CL’s final playoff spot in third place. Chunichi still has five games left to play.

Giants 9, Swallows 5

At Jingu Stadium, Yomiuri beat Yakult in a meaningles game in which Shinnosuke Abe hit his 405th career home run, moving him past Norihiro Nakamura into sole possession of the 18th spot on NPB’s all-time career list.


Lions open MetLife Dome for public viewing

The Seibu Lions announced they will open MetLife Dome on Tuesday to fans wishing to watch the Lions’ game against the Marines at Zozo Marine Stadium. There will be no admission to the public viewing.

If the Lions fail to clinch the pennant on Tuesday, another public viewing event will be held on Thursday for Seibu’s regular season finale in Sendai against the Eagles.