Matsuyama, Ryuhei 松山 竜平 (まつやま・りゅうへい)
Hiroshima Carp | #44 | OF
Born: 09/17/1985 (age 34)
Height: 176cm
Weight: 98kg
Bats: L
Throws: R
Blood Type: B
Hometown: Kagoshima
Draft: 2007, 4th Round
History: 鹿屋中央高-九州国際大
Roster Changes: removed 10/01/2016, added 10/11/2016

[11/19/2018] Hiroshima Carp uniform number changes

The Hiroshima Carp announced uniform number changes for the following three players:

Source: Hiroshima 11/19/2018


[6/28/2018] Ryuhei Matsuyama earns domestic FA option

Thirty-two-year-old Ryuhei Matsuyama earned his domestic free agent option with seven years of service time on the active roster on June 27.

Source: Daily Sports 6/27/2018, Sanspo 6/27/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/27/2018


Ryuhei Matsuyama: Did You Know



June 26 vs Yomiuri at Mazda Stadium – Matsuyama hit a grand slam in the first inning off Takuya Kuwahara. It was the first grand slam of his career.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/27/2018, Sponichi 6/27/2018


[10/17/2017] Nihon Seimei MVP of the Month Awards for September/October

Central League


Tomoyuki Sugano, Yomiuri (Fifth Time)
5 G, 4-0, 38.0 IP, 0.47 ERA, 26 SO, 2 ER, 2 CG, 1 ShO

Sugano notched his third MVP of the Month this season. He led the league in wins (tied with Joe Wieland) and ERA in September/October. He recorded two complete games, including a shutout, in five starts. He allowed earned runs in only one start. The five MVP of the Month awards ties the Yomiuri record for pitchers set by Masaki Saito. The three MVP of the Month awards in one season ties the league record for pitchers set by Masahiro Yamamoto in 1993.


Ryuhei Matsuyama, Hiroshima (First Time)
20 G, .408 AVG, 29 H, 5 HR, 23 RBI

Matsuyama batted clean-up in twenty September/October games. He led the league in hits and posted a .480 batting average with runners in scoring position. He helped the team put together a 16-5 record in September/October.

Pacific League


Yusei Kikuchi, Seibu (FirstTime)
4 G, 3-0, 31.0 IP, 0.29 ERA, 1 ShO, 37 SO, 1 ER

Kikuchi pitched in four games in September/October and went 3-0 with a shutout. He led the league with a 0.29 ERA. He tossed a four-hit shutout with ten strikeouts against Lotte on September 7, allowed a run (unearned) on four hits and struck out eleven over eight innings against Rakuten on September 14, pitched sixth shutout innings against Lotte on September 21, and gave up three runs (one earned) over eight innings against Rakuten on October 3.


Hotaka Yamakawa, Seibu (Second Time)
25 G, .326 AVG, 30 H, 10 HR, 19 RBI

Yamakawa played in twenty-five games in September/October and led the league in home runs, runs (19), total bases (68), and slugging percentage (.739). He recorded multiple hits in ten games and two or more RBI in six games. He is the fourth player in league history to win MVP of the Month awards for two consecutive months. The other three: Doug Jennings (July and August 1995), Ichiro (June and July 1998), and Yuki Yanagita (August and September 2015).

Source: NPB 10/17/2017


[8/6/2017] Ryuhei Matsuyama and Tomohiro Abe leave game early

Ryuhei Matsuyama and Tomohiro Abe left Satuday’s game against the Yokohama Bay Stars at Mazda Stadium with injuries. Matsuyama felt discomfort in his right shoulder during his at bat in the first inning and was replaced on defense in the second. Abe felt discomfort in his lower back during his at bat in the second inning and was replaced on defense in the third inning.

Both players were sent to a hospital in Yokohama for tests during the game. The Hiroshima Carp could get their tests results on Sunday (August 6).

Source: Daily Sports 8/6/2017, Sanspo 8/6/2017

[UPDATE 8/6 @ 8:54pm]

Matsuyama was diagnosed with inflammation in his right shoulder and Abe with lower back pain. Both injuries are not considered serious.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/6/2017


[5/2/2017] Ryuhei Matsuyama hurts back during pre-game workouts

Ryuhei Matsuyama was taken off the active roster today after he hurt his back during pre-game workouts. He was examined at a hospital. He will begin rehabbing at San-gun tomorrow (May 3).

Source: Sponichi 5/2/2017, Daily Sports 5/2/2017, Sports Hochi 5/2/2017Nikkan Sports 5/2/2017

[UPDATE 5/3 @ 12:27am]

Matsuyama was diagnosed with thoracic facet syndrome.

Source: Daily Sports 5/2/2017