• May 6, 2023

Batting average RBI OPS Ohtani overtakes, scoring position batting average ‘0.400’ Yoshida runs towards Ichiro

From ‘pioneer’ Hideo Nomo to Kazuhiro Sasaki, Ichiro Suzuki, and Shohei Otani.

These are Japanese players who entered the major leagues and became the rookie of the year. All four of them gained enough experience in Japanese professional baseball and challenged themselves to the major leagues and succeeded greatly. Excluding Ohtani, the three members scored the best in Japan and boarded a plane to the United States.

I think one more person will be added here. This is Masataka Yoshida (30), an outfielder for the Boston Red Sox. He is a former top hitter with a career batting average of 3.27% in Japanese professional baseball. However, as it is his first season in the major leagues, he is entitled to be the rookie of the year. At this point, he is the most likely candidate for the American League’s Rookie of the Year award.

Yoshida is the hottest hitter in the major leagues these days.

It runs without hesitation like a runaway locomotive. On the 4th (hereinafter Korean time), he played in left field twice against the Toronto Blue Jays and scored 3 hits, including his 6th home run of the season, and scored 3 RBIs. He continued his 14-game hitting streak all season, the most in the major leagues.

He struggled with a hamstring injury in mid-April, but after adapting, he returned to his best form.

Multi-hit in 4 consecutive games since the match against Toronto on the 2nd. In four consecutive matches with Toronto, he went 9 hits in 17 at-bats, with a batting average of .53, with 2 home runs and 8 RBIs. It’s a terrifying hitting face.

His batting average, which once fell to the 10% level, rose to the 30% level.

As of the 4th, he has a batting average of 3.17 (33 hits in 104 at-bats), 6 home runs, 24 RBIs, and an OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.948.

He finally outpaced ‘batter’ Ohtani. On the same day, Ohtani recorded a batting average of 30.8 li (36 hits in 117 bats), 7 homers, 19 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.921. Yoshida leads in batting average, runs batted in, and OPS. Only home runs are one less than Ohtani’s.

Yoshida, who played an active role as a key hitter for the Orix Buffaloes of the Japanese professional baseball, signed a five-year, $90 million contract with Boston after the end of last season. He joined Boston after leading the team to the WBC (World Baseball Classic) Japan national team as the fourth hitter. He was selected as the best nine in the WBC, posting his highest record of 13 runs in a single tournament 크크크벳.

From his first year in the major leagues, he has been showing impact on chances. He went 12-for-30 with runners in scoring position and batted .40.

Some American media have compared Yoshida to Ichiro. Expect Yoshida, like Ichiro, to have an amazing performance in his debut season. Among the four Japanese players who previously won the Rookie of the Year award, Ichiro is the only pure beast.

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