From BR Bullpen
Reinaldo Tsuguio Sato (Jiro)
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 192 lb.
Sato was signed by the Yakult Swallows out of their Brazilian academy. As he counted as a foreign player, he and teammate Daniel Matsumoto decided to become naturalized citizens in 2003; unfortunately, that year he was let go by Yakult.
From 2004-2006, Sato played for Shidakkusu before moving to Yamaha in 2007.
In international events, Sato played for Brazil in the 1999 Pan American Games. In the 2003 Baseball World Cup, Sato was the top hitter for Brazil, which lost to Cuba by only one run and beat South Korea in a surprising 7th place finish. Reinaldo hit .324/.395/.622. He failed to make the All-Star team for the event even though he outhit Daisuke Kusano, who got the nod at second base. He was far less successful in the 2005 Baseball World Cup, hitting .206/.222/.294 while his brother took over the offense. In the 2006 COPABE qualifiers for the 2008 Olympics, Reinaldo hit .300/.391/.650, again playing a lead role for Brazil. In the 2007 Pan American Games, he went 2 for 8.