Hiroto Takahashi

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Hiroto Takahashi (髙橋 宏斗)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 187 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Hiroto Takahashi has pitched in Nippon Pro Baseball and been on the Japanese national team

Takahashi was the first-round pick of the Chunichi Dragons in the 2020 NPB draft.[1] He had a 7.01 ERA in the Japanese minors in 2021. [2] He debuted with the top club on March 30, 2022. He pitched 5 innings, allowed 4 runs and got his first career loss in that game. Takahashi's record was 6-7 with 2.47 ERA in his rookie year. He was 4th in voting for the 2022 CL Rookie of the Year behind Taisei Ota, Atsuki Yuasa and Hideki Nagaoka. [3]

He then made Japan's roster for the 2023 World Baseball Classic. [4] In his debut, he relieved Yuki Matsui in the 9th with a 13-4 lead over South Korea. He struck out Kun-woo Park, then retired Baek-ho Kang and Eui-ji Yang to finish the game. His second game was against Australia, relieving Atsuki Yuasa in the 9th with a 7-1 lead. Alex Hall blasted a laed-off solo home run off Takahashi, but he still struck out Jake Bowey and Andrew Campbell between a ground out by Liam Spence. His last game was the WBC final against the United States. He replaced Shosei Togo with a 3-1 lead in the fifth. Mookie Betts hit an infield single, then Takahashi whiffed Mike Trout and Paul Goldschmidt. Although Nolan Arenado collected another hit, he still forced Kyle Schwarber hit a flyball to escape the jam. He also got his first hold in the event.