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Tetsuya Matsumoto

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 5' 6", Weight 145 lb.

[edit] Biographical information

Tetsuya Matsumoto was taken by the Yomiuri Giants in the third round of the 2006 taxi squad draft. He made it to the parent club in 2008, appearing as a defensive sub in center field on May 28. In his first plate appearance three days later, he grounded out but broke his ankle while heading to first base. He would only appear in 3 games as a rookie, with that one at-bat and also one stolen base.

His first hit came on April 5, 2009. He hit .293/.338/.328 in 2009 in 129 games, playing regularly in center field. He stole 16 bases in 25 tries. He was 4th in the Central League with 27 sacrifice hits and was 7th in steals. He was named the CL Rookie of the Year and won a Gold Glove.

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