Nakazaki, Shota 中﨑 翔太 (なかざき・しょうた)
Hiroshima Carp | #21 | P
Born: 08/09/1992 (age 27)
Height: 186cm
Weight: 100kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: B
Hometown: Kagoshima
Draft: 2010, 6th Round
History: 日南学園高
Roster Changes: removed 09/24/2016, added 10/11/2016

Shota Nakazaki: Did You Know



August 8 vs Chunichi at Mazda Stadium – Nakazaki notched his twenty-sixth save of the season and the 100th save of his career. He became the thirtieth player in NPB history (fourth in Carp history, behind Katsuhiro Nagakawa, Yutaka Ono, and Shinji Sasaoka) to reach the 100 save milestone. At twenty-five years and eleven months, he became the third youngest in NPB history to record 100 saves, after Shun Yamaguchi (twenty-five years and one month) and Yasuaki Yamasaki (twenty-five years and six months). He is the youngest to record 100 saves in Carp history.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/8/2018, Sponichi 8/8/2018, Sponichi 8/9/2018, Daily Sports 8/9/2018, Nikkan Sports 8/9/2018



Nakazaki is planning to include workouts as a starter after the 2017 season because he does not want to be “typecast” as a pitcher that can only pitch out of the bullpen. He also wants to increase his opportunities as a player and be prepared for change.

Source: Sponichi 11/29/2017

Relationships and Family


November 9 – Nakazaki (26) is planning to file marriage papers with a twenty-nine-year-old woman. The two met last summer and started living together in April this year.

Source: Daily Sports 11/9/2018



[4/12/2017] Shota Nakazaki out with lower back pain

Shota Nakazaki was taken off the active roster on April 10 because of discomfort on the right side of his abdomen. He felt the discomfort on the morning of April 10. He participated in practices to confirm his condition. The Hiroshima Carp announced at 3:00pm on the same day that they were taking him off the active roster. He was examined at a hospital in Hiroshima on April 11 and diagnosed with lower back pain. He will resume practices as soon as the pain subsides.

Source: Daily Sports 4/10/2017, Daily Sports 4/10/2017, Daily Sports 4/11/2017, Nikkan Sports 4/12/2017, Sponichi 4/11/2017, Sponichi 4/11/2017, Sanspo 4/11/2017

[UPDATE 5/23 @ 12:19am]

Nakazaki is expected to rejoin the Ichi-gun team on May 23. The Carp will  most likely ease him back into the mix by using him in the sixth and seventh innings.

Source: Daily Sports 5/22/2017, Sponichi 5/22/2017Nikkan Sports 5/22/2017


[2/18/2017] Shota Nakazaki and Kosuke Nakamura out with flu

The Carp announced today that Shota Nakazaki and Kosuke Nakamura were diagnosed with influenza A. Nakamura was diagnosed on February 17 and Nakazaki today.

The Ichi-gun team will be traveling to Okinawa on February 20. Nakazaki will remain in Miyazaki until he is healthy.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/18/2017, Daily Sports 2/18/2017, Sanspo 2/18/2017


[10/4/2016] Shota Nakazaki tosses second bullpen session

Shota Nakazaki tossed a bullpen session at Mazda Stadium on October 4. It was his second session since he was taken off the active roster with pain in his right lower back. He threw thirty-three pitches.

Nakazaki could pitch in a practice game against JR  Nishi Nihon (Industrial League) on October 6. If everything is fine, he could be ready for the start of the Final Stage of the Climax Series on October 12.

Source: Daily Sports 10/4/2016, Daily Sports 10/4/2016


[10/2/2016] Shota Nakazaki tosses a bullpens session

Shota Nakazaki tossed a bullpen session at Mazda Stadium on October 2. It was his first session since he got hurt. He threw forty-five pitches at fifty to sixty percent. Coaches will determine whether or not he is ready to pitch in games during his next session on October 4.

Source: Sponichi 10/2/2016, Nikkan Sports 10/2/2016


[9/29/2016] Shota Nakazaki resumes playing catch

Shota Nakazaki resumed playing catch at the indoor training facilities next to Mazda Stadium on September 29. He threw the ball fifty times at distances of up to thirty meters.

Source: Daily Sports 9/29/2016, Sponichi 9/29/2016


[9/25/2016] Shota Nakazaki taken off active roster

Shota Nakazaki started feeling some discomfort in the area near his right hip during warm-ups on September 23. He was taken off the active roster today because the Hiroshima Carp want him to focus on his recovery.

Source: Daily Sports 9/25/2016, Daily Sports 9/25/2016, Sports Hochi 9/25/2016, Nikkan Sports 9/25/2016

[UPDATE 9/27 @ 4:32pm]

Nakazaki was examined at a hospital in Hiroshima and diagnosed with inflammation in the paraspinal muscles on his right side.

Source: Daily Sports 9/27/2016, Daily Sports 9/27/2016