Wakatsuki, Kenya 若月 健矢 (わかつき・けんや)
Orix Buffaloes | #37 | C
Born: 10/03/1995 (age 24)
Height: 179cm
Weight: 87kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: O
Hometown: Saitama
Draft: 2013, 3rd Round
History: 花咲徳栄高(甲)
Roster Changes: added 04/12/2016, removed 04/26/2016, added 06/02/2016

[4/21/2018] Kenya Wakatsuki leaves game early with hamstring discomfort

Kenya Wakatsuki felt discomfort in his left hamstring while running the bases in the second inning of a game against the Rakuten Eagles at Rakuten Seimei Park Miyagi on April 21. He remained in the game until he was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning. He was examined at a hospital in Sendai and diagnosed with inflammation in his left hamstring. He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Daily Sports 4/21/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/21/2018, Sanspo 4/21/2018


[7/18/2017] Kenya Wakatsuki hit in the head by a pitch

Yuki Karakawa hit Kenya Wakatsuki in the head with a pitch during tonight’s game against the Orix Buffaloes at ZOZO Marine Stadium. He was immediately ejected for throwing a dangerous pitch.

The incident took place in the third inning with no one on base and two out. Karakawa threw an 0-1 fastball that struck Wakatsuki in the head. The twenty-one-year-old catcher could not stand up (he was conscious) and had to be taken off the field on a stretcher. He was taken to a hospital in Narashino, Chiba for tests.

Source: Daily Sports 7/18/2017, Nikkan Sports 7/18/2017

[UPDATE 7/19 @ 3:58am]

Wakatsuki was diagnosed with a bruise on his upper left jaw. There were no abnormalities to the brain.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/18/2017

[UPDATE 7/20 @ 10:19pm]

The Buffaloes are planning to give Wakatsuki time off until July 21. They re-evaluate his condition to determine if he is ready to play. Katsuki Yamazaki is on standby if Wakatsuki is unable to play.

Source: Sports Hochi 7/20/2017


Kenya Wakatsuki: Did You Know



September 29 vs Lotte at ZOZO Marine – Wakatsuki recorded the first five-hit game of his career. He went 5-for-5: 1B4, 1B8, 1B6 one RBI, 1B8 one RBI, 1B7.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/29/2018


Wakatsuki was named a tourism ambassador for Kazo, Saitama.

Wakatsuki was born and raised in Kazo. He attended Hanasaki Tokuharu High School in Kazo and was drafted by Orix in 2013.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/8/2017


[4/4/2017] Kenya Wakatsuki hit by three back swings

Kenya Wakatsuki was hit by three back swings during tonight’s game against the Seibu Lions at MetLife Dome — twice by Ernesto Mejia and once by Fumikazu Kimura. He was removed from the game on defense in the sixth and sent to a hospital in Tokyo for tests.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/4/2017, Daily Sports 4/4/2017Nikkan Sports 4/4/2017

[UPDATE 4/5 @ 12:34pm]

Wakatsuki was diagnosed with a bruise on his head. He will get the day off today. The team will then reassess his condition and take things day-by-day.

Source: Daily Sports 4/5/2017