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Shogo Akada (赤田 将吾)
- Bats Both, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10", Weight 183 lb.
Shogo Akada is an outfielder for the Hanshin Tigers.
Akada was picked out of high school in the 2nd round by the Seibu Lions. He debuted in 1999, hitting .286/.300/.327 in 13 games, backing up Hiroyuki Takagi at second base. He stole 5 bases in 6 tries. In 2000, he hit .151/.304/.231 in 31 games.At age 20, he hit .188/.229/.219 in 17 games. He became a switch-hitter in 2002 and batted .158/.172/.228 in 37 contests.
Akada backed up Hiroyuki Oshima in center field in 2003, hitting .250/.292/.432 in 46 games. In 2004, he got his big break, taking over the starting CF job for Seibu. He produced at a .259/.335/.390 rate and stole 16 bases in 21 tries. He finished sixth in the Pacific League in stolen bases. Akada hit .292/.346/.417 in the 2004 Japan Series and stole two bases in two tries to help Seibu win the Series.
Serving as the #2 hitter in the Seibu lineup in 2005, Akada batted .272/.322/.351 and swiped 20 bases while being caught six times. He was 4th in the PL with 18 sacrifice hits and was 5th in steals.
Akada hit .293/.345/.373 in 2006 with 16 steals (in 25 tries) and 7 triples. He tied Munenori Kawasaki, Tsuyoshi Nishioka and Teppei Tsuchiya for the PL lead in three-baggers. He was 5th with 25 sacrifice hits and 7th in steals. He fielded .992 and made 10 assists from the outfield.
In 2007, Akada missed most of the year with a right thigh injury. He hit .162/.279/.189 in the 20 games he made it into. In 2008, Akada batted .244/.305/.338 in 68 games, as Hiram Bocachica and Takumi Kuriyama took over primary duties in center.