Takashi Aiki

From BR Bullpen

Takashi Aiki (相木 崇)

BR NPB page

Biographical Information[edit]

Pitcher Takashi Aiki played in Nippon Professional Baseball from 2002 to 2007.

Aiki was 15-3 with a 1.54 ERA in college and was a two-time MVP of the Kyushu Big Six University League. The Orix BlueWave drafted him in the 4th round of the 2000 draft. He made it to the big club in 2002, going 2-4 with a 4.94 ERA in 15 games (7 starts). He was 1-0 with a 4.26 ERA for the Japanese national team in the 2002 Intercontinental Cup; he got a 7-6 win over the Dominican national team in relief of Yataro Sakamoto. He struggled with Orix in 2003 (0-3, 10.99 ERA, 55 H in 28 2/3 IP).

The Kumamoto native went 3-5 with a save and a 5.36 ERA in a career-high 37 games in 2004. He was 4th on the club in appearances. The BlueWave merged with the Kintetsu Buffaloes to become the Orix Buffaloes in 2005; on the merged entry, Aiki was 0-1 with a 4.32 ERA in 12 games. Though he generally performed poorly -- he was 5-13 with a 5.65 ERA in 90 games (18 starts) overall -- he had one bright spot, 2006. That year, he made 13 relief appearances and had a 0.71 ERA (1 ER, 3 R in 12 2/3 IP, 1.26 WHIP). He allowed two runs in three innings in 2007 to end his NPB career.