Kotaro Kiyomiya: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

April 10 vs Ni-gun Seibu – Kiyomiya played in his first Eastern League game. He got the start at designated hitter and batted fifth against Seibu. He struck out swinging on five pitches against Tadasuke Minamikawa. He left the game after the at bat (coming off injury).

Source: Sponichi 4/10/2018, Sports Hochi 4/10/2018

May 2 vs Rakuten at Sapporo Dome – Kiyomiya made his Ichi-gun debut. He got the start at designated hitter and batted sixth. He recorded a double in his first trip to the plate in the second inning, then struck out in his next two at bats. Kiyomiya became the sixth rookie out of high school to get a start at designated hitter in his first year. He is just the second rookie out of high school to get a start at designated hitter in his first career game.

Since the start of the draft, Kiyomiya is the twenty-fifth rookie out of high school to record a hit in his first career at bat.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/3/2018

May 4 vs Lotte at Sapporo Dome – Kiyomiya recorded a hit in his third straight game and became the third rookie out of high school since the start of the draft to start their careers with a three-game hitting streak. The other two: Shogo Akada (four games in 1999) and Daiki Asama (four games in 2015).

Source: Daily Sports 5/4/2018, Sponichi 5/5/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/5/2018

May 5 vs Lotte at Sapporo Dome – Kiyomiya extended his hitting streak to four games.

Source: Daily Sports 5/5/2018, Sanspo 5/5/2018, Sponichi 5/5/2018, Sponichi 5/5/2018

May 6 vs Lotte at Sapporo Dome – Kiyomiya pushed his hitting streak to five games and set a new NPB record for hitting streaks to start a career by a rookie out of high school since the start of the draft.

Source: Daily Sports 5/6/2018, Sponichi 5/6/2018

May 8 vs Orix at Kyocera Dome РKiyomiya extended his hitting streak to six games and set a new NPB debut hitting-streak record for rookies out of high school since the start of the draft. He also joined Tatsunori Hara (1981), Tomoaki Sato (2001), and Masataka Yoshida (2016) as the only rookies in NPB history to start their careers with a six-game hitting streak since the start of the draft.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/8/2018, Daily Sports 5/8/2018

May 9 vs Orix at Kyocera Dome – Kiyomiya set a new NPB record by extending his hitting streak to seven games. The hit also turned out to be the first home run of his career.

Source: YakyuDB

May 11 vs Softbank at YafuOku Dome – Kiyomiya recorded the first outfield assist of his Ichi-gun career. With runners on first and third and one out, Kiyomiya caught a fly ball hit by Yuki Yanagita to left and threw out Kenta Imamiya trying to score from third.

Source: Sponichi 5/12/2018


2018

Kiyomiya’s batter walk-up music for his first year was Star Wars. His favorite character from Star Wars: R2-D2.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/5/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/5/2018


Equipment

Kiyomiya has decided to go with a black Adidas bat in 2018: a Yasiel Puig model bat (33.5 inches and between 880 and 890 grams).

Source: Sanspo 4/26/2018, Sponichi 4/26/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/26/2018, Daily Sports 4/26/2018

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