Chunichi and Akira Neo announce NPB for pitcher registration, infield → outfield, super unusual second change in March | Full-Count

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He has already pitched in 3 games this season and has not scored 1/3 twice.

On the 21st, the Nippon Professional Baseball Organization announced that it would change the defensive position registration of outfielder Akira Neo of Chunichi to “pitcher”. Entered the professional as a shortstop in the first place in the draft in 2019. It was changed to outfielder registration in March this year, but it is the second change that is extremely unusual in a short period of time.

During the Osaka Toin High School, pitchers and shortstops achieved consecutive Koshien spring-summer championships. He was in Chunichi and he was defending second base, play and outfield by last season. This season, his fourth year as an outfielder, he pitched for the first time in the match against Hiroshima on May 21 while registering as a fielder. There was one hit and no run in the first inning.

Already from the 15th, he participated in the practice as a pitcher. He practiced pitching with a bullpen on the official YouTube of the team. After the resumption of the league match on the 17th, he actually entered the bench as a pitcher, although he remained an outfielder for registration. Relief from 2 deaths in the 9th inning in the Giants game on the 19th. He recorded the fastest 151km and showed his strong ability to strike out Kazuma Okamoto.

This season, he has participated in 27 games as a fielder so far, with a batting average of .205 and 0 home runs and 4 RBIs. As a pitcher, he pitched in three games, pitched one-third twice, two hits and no runs, one strikeout, and an earned run average of 0.00.

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