Yuki Karakawa

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Yuki Karakawa (唐川侑己)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 167 lb.

Biographical Information[edit]

Yuki Karakawa was the Chiba Lotte Marines' first-round pick in the 2007 draft. He became the first player in franchise history to skip ni-gun and go straight to the big show. He had a 5-4, 4.85 record in 2008, allowing a .306 average but showing excellent control (12 BB in 81 2/3 IP). The young hurler went 5-8 with a 3.64 ERA and 28 walks in 143 1/3 innings in 2009.

Karakawa was 6-3 with a 2.71 ERA in 2010, continuing to improve. He had a huge split as lefties batted .316 versus him, righties .201. He got the call in game four of the 2010 Japan Series against a pitcher who was in a Japan Series before Karakawa was even born - Masahiro Yamamoto. Neither fared well, with Yuki giving up two runs and five hits in 3 1/3 IP before being pulled for Takuya Furuya; he outlasted Yamamoto by 1/3 of an inning.

Karakawa throws a slider, [[curveball], changeup and fastball (tops out at 92 mph).