Miyakuni Transfers to DeNA after Leaving Giants, with Limited Playing Time in 2021
On the 3rd, DeNA made an official announcement regarding their roster for the upcoming 2024 season, revealing that pitcher Shingo Hirata, pitcher Kenjiro Tanaka, pitcher Shotaro Kasahara, pitcher Sodai Ikeya, pitcher Miyakuni Mukujo, infielder Shunta Tanaka, pitcher Dai Kato, pitcher Starlin Cordero, catcher Naoya Higashide, and Takeshi Ohashi will not be offered contracts. This decision affects a total of 10 outfield players.
Meanwhile, Nippon Ham also disclosed their list of retirements, departures, reinforcements, and free agents for the 2023-2024 season, indicating changes in their availability.
Ken Tanaka’s Journey from High School Draft to Yokohama
Ken Tanaka initially joined Yokohama through the first round of the 2007 high school draft. Unfortunately, due to Tommy John (TJ) surgery on his left elbow, he had to sign a developmental contract during the 2019 offseason. Despite his return to the field in 2021, he only played in 11 games for the first team this season, marking his 16th year as a professional player. Notably, Tanaka remained active during TBS’s tenure as the parent company from 2002 to 2011, positioning him as the final original player from that era.
Hirata’s Disappointing Season, Miyakuni’s Move to DeNA
Hirata was drafted by the team at the 2nd pick in 2013. Although he enjoyed a career-high appearance in 47 games last season, he did not have the opportunity to showcase his skills in the first team this season. Conversely, Miyakuni will enter free agency after his contract with the Giants expires in 2020. Having tried out with 12 teams, he ultimately decided to join DeNA. Unfortunately, his performance this season was lackluster, concluding with a 6.75 ERA in just two games pitched.
Kasahara, on the other hand, joined the Chunichi team as a promising draftee but faced an abrupt halt in his career. With only two game appearances, he tallied 2 losses, 0 wins, and an ERA of 4.44, leading to his premature departure after just one year.
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Miyakuni left the Giants and joined the team in 2021, playing in just two games this season.
On the 3rd, DeNA announced pitcher Shingo Hirata, pitcher Kenjiro Tanaka, pitcher Shotaro Kasahara, pitcher Sodai Ikeya, pitcher Miyakuni Mukujo, infielder Shunta Tanaka, pitcher Dai Kato, pitcher Starlin Cordero, catcher Naoya Higashide , and Takeshi Ohashi. a total of 10 outfield players have been told they will not be signing contracts for the 2024 season.
[Tabl]On the 3rd, Nippon Ham also announced that they are no longer available. List of 2023-2024 retirement, no longer available, departures, reinforcements, and free contracts.
Ken Tanaka joined Yokohama in the first round of the 2007 high school draft. Due to Tommy John (TJ) surgery on his left elbow, he was signed to a developmental contract during the 2019 offseason. Although he returned to management in 2021, only 11 game he played in the first team this season, his 16th year as a professional player. He is an active player who played during the period when TBS was the parent company (2002-2011), and he was the “last one” of the original players.
Hirata joined the team at the 2nd pick in the 2013 draft. Last season, he played in a career-high 47 games, but this season, despite being promoted, he did not play in the first team. Miyakuni will be a free agent with the Giants in 2020, and will join DeNA after trying out with 12 teams. This season, he did not produce results with a 6.75 ERA in two games pitched.
Kasahara joined the Chunichi team as an active draft player, but played in only two games, had 0 wins, 2 losses, and an ERA of 4.44, and was out of action after just one year.
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