Sano, Kodai 佐野 皓大 (さの・こうだい)
Orix Buffaloes | #64 | P
Born: 09/01/1996 (age 23)
Height: 182cm
Weight: 73kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: A
Hometown: Oita
Draft: 2014, 3rd Round
History: 大分高(甲)

[7/31/2018] Orix Buffaloes add Kodai Sano to seventy-man roster

The Orix Buffaloes announced that they added Kodai Sano to their seventy-man roster on July 31. His uniform number will change from 121 to 93. He will be registered as an outfielder. His contract will be worth an estimated 4.2 million yen.

Sano was drafted as a pitched by the Buffaloes in 2015. He was unable to make his mark as a pitcher and got another chance as an infielder when he signed an Ikusei contract after the 2017 season.

In forty-two Ni-gun games this year, Sano went 21-for-99 with a slash line of .212/.264/.283.

Source: Orix 7/31/2018, Sponichi 7/31/2018, Sports Hochi 7/31/2018, Daily Sports 7/31/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/31/2018


[11/20/2017] Kodai Sano to get another chance as an infielder

The Orix Buffaloes announced on November 20 that they signed Kodai Sano to an Ikusei contract. Sano will be getting a new start as an infielder. His uniform number will change from 64 to 121 and his estimated salary will be 4.2 million yen.

Sano was drafted out of Oita High School as a pitcher in 2014. He struggled as a pitcher and never got to pitch at Ichi-gun. The Buffaloes decided to give him another look at an infielder.

Source: Orix 11/20/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/20/2017, Sponichi 11/20/2017


Kodai Sano: Did You Know


Sano will try his luck at being a position player in 2018. Junichi Fukura (Orix Buffaloes manager) has told him to gain about eight kilograms by spring camp (from seventy-two kilograms to eighty kilograms).

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/19/2017


[12/12/2016] Orix Buffaloes: uniform number changes

The Orix Buffaloes announced the following uniform number changes on December 12:

Source: Orix announcement