Munetaka Murakami (村上 宗隆)
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 213 lb.
- High School Kyushu Gakuin High School
Munetaka Murakami won Rookie of the Year in Japan.
He hit 52 homers in high school.  The Yakult Swallows, Yomiuri Giants and Rakuten Golden Eagles all went for him in the first round of the 2019 NPB draft after all three lost out on Kotaro Kiyomiyaa; Yakult won the lottery.  He went 1 for 12 with two walks and a homer in 2018, going deep off Akitake Okada. He spent most of the year in the minors, batting .288/.389/.490 with 17 HR and 70 RBI in 98 games. He tied Kiyomiya for 2nd in the Eastern League in dingers and was 2nd to Ren Wada in RBI.
He was a regular for the Swallows in 2019, alternating between first base (.995 in 124 G) and third base (.857 in 28 G). He hit .231/.332/.481 with 36 home runs, 74 walks and 96 RBI. The youngster finished third in the CL in circuit clouts (behind Neftali Soto and MVP Hayato Sakamoto), 3rd in RBI (after Soto and Tetsuto Yamada) and 10th in slugging (between Kazuma Okamoto and Jose Lopez). He was 0 for 4 with 3 whiffs in 2019 NPB All-Star Game 1 but 2 for 2 in Game 2.  He set a record for homers by a teenager.  He won the 2019 Central League Rookie of the Year Award, getting 168 votes to 139 from Koji Chikamoto.