Hiroki Yamada

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Hiroki Yamada (山田 大樹)

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 6' 2", Weight 202 lb.

Biographical Information[edit]

Hiroki Yamada debuted in Nippon Pro Baseball in 2010.

Yamada was a taxi squad draft pick of the Softbank Hawks in 2006. He had elbow surgery two years later. He was promoted to the Hawks' regular roster in 2010. That year, he was 4-4 with a 4.60 ERA. He became the first former taxi squad player to win a game in the Pacific League. In 2011, the lefty improved to 7-7, 2.85. He was called on by Koji Akiyama to start game five of the 2011 Japan Series. He turned in a superb effort, with six shutout innings (3 hits, no walks, 5 K), teaming with Tadashi Settsu, Masahiko Morifuku and Takahiro Mahara on a shutout of the Chunichi Dragons to put Softbank ahead, 3 games to 2.

Yamada's repertoire includes a fastball (peak 94 mph), curveball, slider and forkball.