Shunta Tanaka

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Shunta Tanaka (田中 俊太)

  • Bats Left, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 10", Weight 176 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Shunta Tanaka has been an infielder in Nippon Pro Baseball, like his brother Kosuke Tanaka.

Shunta helped Tokai University win the 2014 All-Japan University Baseball Championship Series. [1] After college, he played for Hitachi in the industrial leagues and was named to the Best Nine at second base in 2016. [2] He played for the Japanese national team that won the 2017 Asian Championship. He had four runs and five RBI in their opening rout of Hong Kong. For the event, he hit .333/.474/.533 with 7 runs and 6 RBI in five games, tying Akihiro Wakabayashi for the most runs on the championship team. He had 9 putouts, 9 assists and no errors. In the Gold Medal Game, he was 2 for 4 with a steal, run and RBI from the leadoff spot as Japan beat the host Taiwanese national team, 6-1. He did not make the All-Tournament team as Han Lin was picked at 2B. [3]

The Yomiuri Giants took him in the 5th round of the 2017 NPB draft. [4] He got into action on Opening Day, pinch-hitting for Seiji Kobayashi and singling off Randy Messenger. [5] After 30 games for Yomiuri, he had played in 21 but gotten only 19 plate appearances.