Imanaga, Shota 今永 昇太 (いまなが・しょうた)
Yokohama Bay Stars | #21 | P
Born: 08/31/1993 (age 26)
Height: 177cm
Weight: 80kg
Bats: L
Throws: L
Blood Type: A
Hometown: Fukuoka
Draft: 2015, 1st Round
History: 北筑高-駒大
Roster Changes: added 03/28/2016, removed 06/18/2016, added 07/23/2016

[10/14/2018] Yokohama’s Imanaga, Mikami, Kuniyoshi, Aoyagi to play in Australian Baseball League

The Yokohama Bay Stars announced that Shota Imanaga, Tomoya Mikami, Yuki Kuniyoshi, and Koki Aoyagi are slated to play in the Australian Baseball League this winter.

Source: Yokohama 10/14/2018


[3/17/2018] Shota Imanaga working through left shoulder issues

Shota Imanaga is having problems with his left shoulder. He started complaining of discomfort after he pitched in a Ni-gun game on March 10. He is considered day-to-day and could still pitch in the opening series.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/17/2018, Daily Sports 3/17/2018, Nikkan Sports 3/17/2018

[UPDATE 3/26 @ 2:36am]

The Yokohama Bay Stars announced on March 25 that Imanaga will report to Ni-gun on March 27.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/25/2018, Sanspo 3/25/2018, Daily Sports 3/25/2018


[2/12/2018] Yokohama Bay Stars: Imanaga, Ishida, Hamaguchi each pitch three innings

Shota Imanaga and Kenta Ishida started today’s intra-squad game for the Yokohama Bay Stars.

Imanaga pitched three innings, threw forty-nine pitches, gave up two runs on six hits, and topped out at 144km/h. He surrendered two home runs to Neftali Soto (both on fastballs): a two-out solo shot in the first inning and a two-out two-run blast in the third inning.

Ishida allowed two runs on two hits over three innings of work and forty-three pitches. He gave up lead-off home runs to Masayuki Kuwahara in the first and Hiroki Minei in the third.

Haruhiro Hamaguchi made an appearance in relief and tossed three shutout innings. He gave up two hits and walked three.

Imanaga, Ishida, and Hamaguchi are all in the running for this year’s opening day start.

Source: Daily Sports 2/12/2018, Daily Sports 2/12/2018, Nikkan Sports 2/12/2018, Nikkan Sports 2/12/2018, Nikkan Sports 2/12/2018, Sponichi 2/12/2018, Sports Hochi 2/12/2018


Shota Imanaga: Did You Know



Imanaga started throwing a weighted ball (about one kilogram) in between innings to stay loose during the Nippon Series.

Source: Sponichi 11/19/2017

Imanaga is set to sign a brand ambassador agreement with Mizuno for the 2018 season.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/23/2017


Imanaga was named a Kitakyushu Sports Ambassador in 2018. A ceremony was held for him in Ginowan, Okinawa on February 19.

Source: Daily Sports 2/19/2018


October 29, 2017 vs Softbank at YafuOku Dome – Imanaga started the game and struck out ten over six innings. He joined Hisanori Takahashi (2000, Game 5) as the only left-handed pitchers in NPB history to record ten strikeouts in their first Nippon Series game. He is the first pitcher in Yokohama Bay Stars history to accomplish the feat.

Source: Sponichi 10/30/2017, Nikkan Sports 10/30/2017

November 4, 2017 vs Softbank at YafuOku Dome – Imanaga struck out eleven over 7.0+ innings and joined Yu Darvish (2007) as the only pitchers in NPB history to record at least ten strikeouts in back-to-back starts during one Nippon Series series.

Source: Daily Sports 11/4/2017, Sponichi 11/5/2017



[4/4/2017] Shota Imanaga leaves games early with leg cramp

Shota Imanaga called over to the trainer after he throwing four pitches to Seiji Kobayashi in the seventh inning of tonight’s game against the Yomiuri Giants at Yokohama Stadium. He was removed from the game with discomfort in his left hamstring. He had to be helped off the field. The media later learned that he developed a cramp in his hamstring.

Source: Sponichi 4/4/2017, Daily Sports 4/4/2017, Nikkan Sports 4/4/2017, Nikkan Sports 4/4/2017

[UPDATE 4/5 @ 7:12pm]

Imanaga was able to participate in pre-game practices today. He told reporters that his leg was fine and that he did not require a hospital visit for tests. He is not expected to miss his next start.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/5/2017


[5/29/2016] Shota Imanaga notches fourth win of the month

Shota Imanaga extending his winning streak to four on May 28 against Hiroshima at Yokohama Stadium and now has four wins this month. He joined Masatoshi Gondo (April 1953), Noboru Akiyama (April-September 1956), and Makoto Inagawa (July 1962) as the only rookies in franchise history to record four wins in one month.

Kenta Ishida also has four wins this month. This is the first time Yokohama has fielded two pitchers that recorded four wins in the same month since Kazuhiko Endo and Isamu Kida in August 1986. This is the first time time in franchise history both pitchers were left-handed.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/29/2016


[4/30/2016] Shota Imanaga struck out fourteen against Hanshin on April 29

Shota Imanaga struck out fourteen during his start against Hanshin at Koshien on April 29. He is the first rookie to strikeout fourteen or more hitters in a game (nine innings) since Shota Oba struck out sixteen against Lotte on April 5, 2008 and the first Yokohama rookie since Masatoshi Gondo struck out fourteen against Kokutetsu on May 30, 1953. He is also the first pitcher to strikeout fourteen or more hitters in a game and lose since Yu Darvish struck out fifteen and lost on August 25, 2011.

The Central League rookie record of sixteen strikeouts in a game (nine innings) was set by Tomohito Ito on June 9, 1993. The NPB rookie record of seventeen was set by Hideo Nomo on April 29, 1990.

Source: Sponichi 4/30/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/30/2016, Sanspo 4/30/2016