Takeda, Shota 武田 翔太 (たけだ・しょうた)
Softbank Hawks | #30 | P
Born: 04/02/1993 (age 26)
Height: 186cm
Weight: 85kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: B
Hometown: Miyazaki
Draft: 2011, 1st Round
History: 宮崎日大高
Roster Changes: removed 09/28/2016, added 10/11/2016

Shota Takeda: Did You Know



June 29 vs Lotte at YafuOku Dome – Takeda made an appearance in relief, the first of his career. He started 111 games before the relief appearance.

Source: Sponichi 6/30/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/30/2018


[12/21/2017] Softbank Hawks: uniform number change

The Softbank Hawks announced the following uniform number change on December 21:

Source: Softbank 12/21/2017


[8/6/2017] Shota Takeda leaves game early with leg cramp

Shota Takeda left today’s game against the Seibu Lions at MetLife Dome part way through the fifth inning due to cramping in his right calf.

Takeda’s right calf started cramping up in the fifth inning. He was removed after throwing two pitches to Naoto Watanabe.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/6/2017, Nikkan Sports 8/6/2017


[4/14/2017] Shota Takeda taken off active roster

Shota Takeda was taken off the active roster on April 14 with discomfort in his right shoulder. He was examined at a hospital in Fukuoka and diagnosed with inflammation. His arm will be shut down for the time being.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/14/2017, Sponichi 4/14/2017, Sponichi 4/14/2017, Daily Sports 4/14/2017

[UPDATE 4/15 @ 10:54pm]

Takeda could be out for over a month. His right arm will be shut down for a week to ten days. After that, he will resume playing catch, then move on to pitching practices, then finally Ni-gun rehab games.

Source: Sponichi 4/15/2017, Daily Sports 4/15/2017

[UPDATE 5/11 @ 6:03pm]

Takeda started playing light catch (about twenty meters) at the Chikugo facilities today. Assuming no setbacks, he could toss a bullpen session some time later week and pitch in his first rehab game before the end of the month. He hopes to make it back to the active roster during Inter-league play.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/11/2017

[UPDATE 5/31 @ 5:51pm]

Takeda has already tossed a bullpen session at the Chikugo facilities and played catch on May 30. He tossed another bullpen session today. Assuming no problems, he could toss batting practice this week and move on to a rehab game next week.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/31/2017

[UPDATE 6/1 @ 6:56pm]

Takeda is expected to pitch in at least two rehab games at Ni-gun. He is currently scheduled to throw about fifty pitches against Nippon Ham on June 3. Assuming no problems, he might be ready to return to the active roster during a Hiroshima series that begins on June 16.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/1/2017, Sanspo 6/1/2017

[UPDATE 6/4 @ 6:43pm]

Takeda started a Ni-gun rehab game against Nippon Ham on June 3. He pitched three innings and allowed a run on one hit. He faced eleven, walked one, hit one, and struck out one. He faced the minimum in the second and third innings.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/4/2017

[UPDATE 6/11 @ 12:12am]

Takeda started a Ni-gun game against Hanshin on June 10. He tossed four shutout innings, allowed three hits, walked two, struck out six, and topped out at 149km/h. He is expected to get at least one more start at Ni-gun.

Add additional game performance information on 6/11 @ 9:55pm

Source: Sports Hochi 6/10/2017, Nikkan Sports 6/11/2017, Sponichi 6/11/2017

[UPDATE 6/21 @ 9:54pm]

Takeda might be ready to return to the active roster some time during the Nippon Ham at YafuOku Dome series that begins on June 27.

Source: Daily Sports 6/21/2017


[9/13/2016] Nippon Ham’s Otani, Arihara and Softbank’s Takeda, Wada

Shohei Otani was announced to get the Nippon Ham Fighters’ start tonight against the Orix Buffaloes at Sapporo Dome. Kohei Arihara will most likely get tomorrow’s start. The two could get starts during the final Softbank series next week that begins on September 21 (two games).

In Fukuoka, the Softbank Hawks could be lining up Shota Takeda and Tsuyoshi Wada for the Nippon Ham series — Takeda was announced for tonight’s start against Rakuten and Wada will most likely get tomorrow’s start. Rick van den Hurk is also expected to rejoin the Ichi-gun team on September 15.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/13/2016, Nikkan Sports 9/13/2016


[5/23/2016] Shota Takeda extends winning streak against Seibu to ten

Shota Takeda picked up the win against Seibu on May 22 and extended his winning streak against the team to ten.

Career against Seibu

Takeda is the first pitcher to put together a winning streak of at least ten against a single team since Kenichi Matsuoka against Chunichi between 2005 and 2015 (ten, eight as a reliever relief, two as a starter) and the first pitcher since Yoshihisa Naruse against Orix between 2009 and 2011 (ten) and Chihiro Kaneko against Rakuten between 2008 and 2011 (eleven) to record all wins as a starter.

Kazuhisa Inao holds the NPB record with a twenty-two game winning streak against Kintetsu between 1956 and 1959 (as a reliever and starter).

Source: Sponichi 5/23/2016, Sanspo 5/23/2016