Taisuke Yamaoka made the Samurai Japan roster for the 2017 ENEOS Asia Professional Baseball Championship. However, his name was withdrawn after he was diagnosed with inflammation in his right shoulder cuff during a physical for the tournament. Yamaoka was participating in fall practices in Osaka with hopes staying on the roster, but the Buffaloes determined he was not going to be ready.
Samurai Japan announced on October 27 that Seibu’s Shogo Noda will replace Yamaoka on the roster.
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August 26, 2017 vs Seibu at MetLife Dome – Yamaoka recorded the first shutout of his career. He struck out ten and did not walk a batter. He joined Hideyuki Awano (September 22, 1987), Shota Oba (April 5, 2008), Nao Higashihama (October 5, 2013), and Ayumu Ishikawa (October 1, 2014) as the only rookies since the start of the draft (1966) to record shutouts with ten or more strikeouts and no walks. Of the five, Yamaoka, Higashihama, and Ishikawa were the only ones that struck out ten or more and walked none in their first career shutouts.
Yamaoka (22) is planning to file marriage papers with a twenty-two-year-old woman living in Hiroshima. The two have been seeing each other since they were third year students at Shiritsu Senogawa Junior High School in Hiroshima. Yamaoka proposed on Christmas Day 2017.
Yamaoka started using Acrodea’s Technical Pitch during workouts in January 2018. He paid for the ball (19,500 yen before taxes) out of his own pocket.0 Comments