The Hanshin Tigers added Hiroaki Saiuchi to their seventy-man roster. They announced the move on July 30. Saiuchi’s uniform number will change from 126 to 97.
In seventeen Ni-gun games this year, Saiuchi recorded a 4.41 ERA (16.1 IP, 11 SO, 4 BB, 17 H, 8 ER).0 Comments
According to a report at Sanspo, the Hanshin Tigers are not planning to sign twenty-four-year-old Hiroaki Saiuchi to a seventy-man roster contract next year.
Saiuchi struggled because of right shoulder problems this year and was limited to just two Ni-gun games. He is currently training at the Naruohama facilities.
The Tigers are planning to offer Saiuchi an Ikusei contract after the twelve-team tryouts.
Source: Sanspo 10/11/2017
[UPDATE 11/18 @ 3:31am]
Saiuchi signed an Ikusei contract worth an estimated 11.5 million yen (down 3.5 million yen from this year).
Source: Nikkan Sports 11/17/2017
[UPDATE 12/8 @ 11:41pm]
The Tigers announced today that they assigned Saiuchi the uniform number 126.
Source: Hanshin 12/8/20170 Comments