Okoye, Louis オコエ 瑠偉 (おこえ・るい)
Rakuten Eagles | #9 | OF
Born: 07/20/1997 (age 22)
Height: 185cm
Weight: 90kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: O
Hometown: Tokyo
Draft: 2015, 1st Round
History: 関東一高(甲)
Roster Changes: removed 04/13/2016, added 05/28/2016, removed 08/03/2016

[5/22/2018] Louis Okoye leaves game with tightness in right leg

Louis Okoye was replaced by a pinch-runner after he hit a double to left-center in the sixth inning of a game against the Orix Buffaloes at Rakuten Seimei Park on May 22. He was removed from the game as a precaution because of tightness in his right thigh.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/22/2018, Sanspo 5/22/2018

[UPDATE 4/23 @ 9:48pm]

Okoye was examined at a hospital in Sendai today and diagnosed with an injury to his right biceps femoris that will require three to four weeks for a full recovery.

Okoye was taken off the active roster today.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/23/2018, Sponichi 5/23/2018, Sanspo 5/23/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/23/2018


[12/8/2017] Louis Okoye returns from Mexico

Louis Okoye left for Mexico on November 23 to play winter ball with the Caneros de Los Mochis. He made his debut on November 28 (started in center and batted lead-off) and struck out three consecutive trips to the plate.

Okoye returned to Japan on December 8 because he was not getting any playing time and wanted more time to practice.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/8/2017, Sports Hochi 12/8/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/8/2017, Sponichi 12/8/2017


[10/1/2017] Louis  Okoye taken off active roster

Louis  Okoye missed games against Nippon Ham on September 29 and Lotte on September 30 because he was not feeling well. He was taken off the active roster today because he is still not fully recovered and the Rakuten Eagles can no longer afford to carry a position player that is unable to play.

Source: Sports Hochi 10/1/2017, Daily Sports 10/1/2017


[6/14/2017] Louis Okoye to join Ni-gun team on June 15

Louis Okoye is set to join the Ni-gun team on June 15. Okoye fractured his right ring finger during spring camp this year. He started playing in Ikusei rehab games in April, but then sprained his ankle. He is just now finally getting back into form.

Source: ZakZak 6/14/2017


[2/2/2017] Louis Okoye to have surgery on right finger

Louis Okoye participated in morning warm-ups and dashes on January 2, but did not stay for the rest of practices. He instead traveled to Tokyo for tests on his right ring finger. Okoye hurt the finger during practices on January 1. He is expected to return to Okinawa on January 3. The Rakuten Eagles will most likely reassign him to Ni-gun spring camp.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/2/2017, Sports Hochi 2/2/2017, Tokyo Sports 2/2/2017, Nikkan Sports 2/2/2017, Daily Sports 2/2/2017

[UDPATE 2/3 @ 11:11pm]

The Eagles announced today that Okoye was diagnosed with a ligament injury near the base of his right ring finger. He will have surgery to treat the ligament on January 9 and will most likely require two to three months for a full recovery.

Okoye may have suffered the injury to his right ring finger because he was overcompensating for another injury (he hurt his right middle finger last year).

Source: Chunichi Sports 2/3/2017, Sponichi 2/3/2017,  Sports Hochi 2/3/2017Tokyo Sports 2/3/2017, Nikkan Sports 2/3/2017, Nikkan Sports 2/3/2017, Daily Sports 2/3/2017

[UPDATE 2/4 @ 11:26pm]

Okoye joined Ni-gun camp today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/4/2017

[UPDATE 2/10 @ 1:06am]

The Eagles announced on February 9 that Okoye had surgery on his right ring finger at a hospital in Tokyo. It will most likely take two to three months for a full recovery.

Source: Daily Sports 2/9/2017, Sponichi 2/9/2017, Nikkan Sports 2/9/2017


[1/31/2017] Louis Okoye misses practices

Louis Okoye was not feeling well and missed workouts on January 31. He was not feeling well the night before and was taken to a hospital for tests. He had a fever but his flu test was negative. He was diagnosed with a possible case of gastroenteritis and rested at the hotel.

Source: Tokyo Sports 1/31/2017, Sports Hochi 1/31/2017, Sponichi 1/31/2017


[10/8/2016] Louis Okoye wants to push his weight to 100kg

Louis Okoye told reporters he wants to push his up to 100 kilograms during the upcoming off-season. He ended high school at around eighty-three kilograms and currently weighs about ninety-five kilograms. His goal is to add the weight without losing speed.

Source: Daily Sports 10/8/2016, Sports Hochi 10/8/2016


[9/27/2016] Louis Okoye could play winter ball overseas

The Rakuten Eagles are thinking about sending Louis Okoye to play winter ball overseas. Possible countries include Taiwan, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico.

The Eagles are not planning to call Okoye up for the remaining games of the regular season. He is expected to play in the Phoenix League that begins next month.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/27/2016, Sponichi 9/27/2016


Louis Okoye: Did You Know



Okoye was a member of the Giants Junior team when he was in elementary school (sixth year). He still fondly remembers the time when he was at Giants Stadium in December 2009 for a practice session and had an unexpected encounter with Tetsuya Utsumi, Tetsuya Yamaguchi, and Shun Tono.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/14/2016, Nikkan Sports 6/16/2016

Okoye recorded his first home run when he was in elementary school. It was after getting seven-and-a-half hours of sleep. Since then, he has made it a point to get seven-and-a-half hours of sleep every day. Not seven, not eight, but seven-and-a-half hours.

Source: Daily Sports 6/19/2016

Okoye will be in Nigeria with his family for about a week, beginning on December 28. He plans to hold a baseball clinic for four local youth baseball teams during his stay. He also has plans to visit various officials to talk about baseball.

Okoye’s father is from Nigeria. This will be his first visit to Nigeria.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/26/2016, Nikkan Sports 12/26/2016, Sponichi 12/26/2016


Okoye purchased a BMW i8. He already has his license, but the Eagles generally do not allow players out of high school to drive until their third year.

Source: Sponichi 1/4/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/4/2018

Okoye purchased a BMW i8 last year and recently purchased a Maserati Levante.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/30/2018



August 31 vs Seibu at Kobo Park Miyagi – Okoye blasted the first lead-off home run of his career. The blast came off the first pitch Yusei Kikuchi threw. At twenty years and one month he is the seventh younger player in Pacific League history to hit a lead-off home run. He broke Takero Okajima’s Rakuten Eagles’ franchise record of twenty-three years and eleven months, set on August 31, 2013.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/31/2017, Nikkan Sports 9/1/2017

September 19 vs Nippon Ham at Kobo Park Miyagi – Okoye tied a Rakuten Eagles’ franchise record by hitting three doubles (first, fourth, and sixth innings). The NPB record is four.

Okoye is the seventh player in franchise history to hit three doubles in one game. At twenty years of age, he is the youngest player to accomplish the feat.  The previous record of twenty-three was set by Teppei on June 2, 2006.

Source: Sponichi 9/19/2017, Sponichi 9/20/2017



January 25 – Okoye weighs ninety-eight kilograms as of January 25. He gained about eight kilograms since he joined the Eagles and roughly three kilograms since December last year. He also grew two centimeters and now stands at 185 centimeters.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/25/2017, Sponichi 1/25/2017


January 21 – Okoye apparently dropped eight to ten kilograms from the end of last season and now weighs between 91 and 93 kilograms.

Source: Sponichi 1/20/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/20/2019


[6/14/2016] Fan tumbles onto field after attempting to catch a foul ball hit by Louis Okoye

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Umpires ruled Louis Okoye out on the play due to spectator interference.

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