Kaima Taira

From BR Bullpen


Kaima Taira (平良 海馬)

  • Bats Left, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 8", Weight 209 lb.

BR register page

Biographical Information[edit]

Kaima Taira has pitched in Nippon Pro Baseball.

Taira was a 4th-round pick of the Seibu Lions in the 2017 NPB draft. [1] He was wild in the minors in 2018 (17 BB, 21 K, 11 R, 10 ER in 16 2/3 IP). In 2019, he was 2-1 with a save and a 3.38 ERA in 26 games, making his Pacific League debut. He blossomed in 2020, going 1-0 with a save and a 1.87 ERA, allowing only 22 hits in 53 innings while fanning 62. He walked 29 and hit 8 batters. He tied Naoya Masuda for the PL lead in appearances (54) in the COVID-19-shortened season. He got 144 votes for the 2020 Pacific League Rookie of the Year Award, edging Hiroto Kobukata's 125 to take the honor. [2]

His fastball has topped 99 mph. [3]