Sho Iwasaki

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Sho Iwasaki (岩嵜 翔)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 2", Weight 162 lb.

Biographical Information[edit]

Sho Iwasaki has pitched in Nippon Pro Baseball.

Iwasaki was a first-round pick of the Softbank Hawks in 2007. He had a 1.93 ERA in the 2008 Western League but allowed 7 hits and 3 runs in 3 innings with the big club. He gave up 7 hits and 5 runs (3 earned) in 4 1/3 IP in his lone start in NPB in 2009, taking the loss. He was 0-3 with a 8.06 ERA and .330 opponent average in 2010. That winter, he went 8-1 with a 3.19 ERA for the Criollos de Caguas. He led the Puerto Rican League in wins, two more than Mario Santiago, and walked only 9 in 53 2/3 IP.

Iwasaki improved to 6-2, 2.72 for Softbank in 2011. He was not used in the 2011 Japan Series, which Softbank won in 7 games over the Chunichi Dragons. In the 2011 Asia Series, he beat the Perth Heat, combining with three relievers on a shutout. Koji Akiyama called him back to start in the finale on one days' rest. He shut out the Samsung Lions for four innings but then faded in the 5th and took the loss, the first time a NPB team failed to win the Asia Series.

Sho throws a fastball (peak 94 mph), curveball, slider and changeup.