Keiji Ikebe

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Keiji Ikebe (池辺 啓二)

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 176 lb.

Keiji Ikebe has played in the Japanese industrial leagues for Nippon Oil. He has represented Japan on the international stage. In the 2005 Baseball World Cup, Ikebe hit .333/.463/.758, outperforming several future Nippon Pro Baseball players. Ikebe had 11 runs, 4 homers and 10 RBI in 9 games, playing primarily left field. He tied Mike Cervenak, Chun-Yu Kuo, Tsutomu Takanezawa and Edgard Clemente for third in the tourney in homers, trailing only Yulieski Gourriel and Joey Votto. He was left off the All-Tournament team as Freddy Herrera, Danny Rombley and Tiago Magalhaes were chosen in the outfield; only Rombley had a better OPS in the event. He won Gold with Japan in the 2005 Asian Championship.

Ikebe also played in the 2006 Asian Games and 2006 Haarlem Baseball Week, hitting .471/.500/.529 in the latter event, third in average behind Dirk van 't Klooster and Yoennis Cespedes.