Nishikawa, Kentaro 西川 健太郎 (にしかわ・けんたろう)
Born: 04/17/1993 (age 26)
Height: 184cm
Weight: 73kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: A
Hometown: Ishikawa
Draft: 2011, 2nd Round
History: 星稜高

[12/31/2016] Updates on Kentaro Nishikawa, Yuji Arahari, Takashi Kawai, Toshio Saito

Twenty-three-year-old Kentaro Nishikawa was drafted by the Chunichi Dragons in 2011. He made his Ichi-gun debut in 2012 and won his first game in 2013. He was limited to six games between 2014 and 2015 because of problems with his right adductor. He failed to pitch in any Ichi-gun games this season and was released in October. He attended the twelve team tryouts in November with hopes of joining a new team. The Dragons later offered him a job as batting practice pitcher. He decided to accept the job a few days later because there were no offers to play (he and his wife were also expecting their first child).

Source: Daily Sports 12/30/2016, Nikkan Sports 12/30/2016

Twenty-seven-year-old Yuji Arahari was selected the Nippon Ham Fighters in the sixth round of the 2009 draft. He spent seven years in the Fighters’ organization, but never played in any Ichi-gun games. He informed Nippon Ham in October this year that he wanted to quit baseball and pursue a career as a firefighter.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/31/2016

Forty-year-old Takashi Kawai retired from baseball and decided to remain with the Rakuten Eagles. He will be a Ni-gun batting practice pitcher.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/31/2016

Thirty-three-year-old Toshio Saito decided to retire and accept the advance scouting job the Orix Buffaloes offered him when they released him.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/31/2016


[11/24/2016] Chunichi Dragons add Nishikawa and Hisamoto as batting practice pitchers

The Chunichi Dragons announced on November 24 that they hired two new batting practice pitchers: twenty-three-year-old Kentaro Nishikawa and thirty-seven-year-old Yuichi Hisamoto.

Nishikawa and Hisamoto attended the twelve team tryouts at Koshien Stadium earlier this month after they were senryokugaied by Chunichi and Hiroshima, respectively. Neither player received any serious offers from NPB teams.

The Dragons offered Nishikawa a job as a batting practice pitcher when they senryokugaied him. He did have the option of playing for an amateur team, but he decided to remain in the organization because he still wanted to help the team.

Hisamoto was offered a job as a batting practice pitcher by General Manager Hiromitsu Ochiai a couple of days after the tryouts. He started his career with the Dragons and wanted to help support them.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/24/2016, Sports Hochi 11/24/2016