Pedro Okuda

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Pedro Ivo Okuda da Silva

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 8", Weight 155 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Infielder Pedro Okuda signed with the Seattle Mariners in 2009. The scouts were Yasushi Yamamoto, Hide Sueyoshi and Emilio Carrasquel. He debuted for the VSL Mariners on June 26, 2010, going 0 for 1 with a walk and a run. That year, he hit .220/.327/.244 while fielding .894 at second base. He improved to .275/.422/.315 with 37 walks in 51 games for the same club in 2011 while fielding .975 at 2B. He tied for third in the Venezuelan Summer League in walks. He was back with the VSL M's in 2012 and hit .274/.381/.374 with 31 walks and 34 runs in 56 games while his fielding percentage at second rose again, to .989. He again tied for third in the league in walks while placing 10th in runs. it would be his last season in the minors, though.

Okuda was with the Brazilian national team for the 2013 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers, going 2 for 8 as their main shortstop; Brazil won a spot in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, their first World Baseball Classic. In the Classic itself, he struck out all in three at-bats, while Márcio Tanaka saw a little more action at short. He started for Brazil when they won Silver in the 2015 South American Championship. He hit .238/.500/.333 with 11 runs, 5 RBI and 9 walks in six games in the 2016 South American Championship, serving as Brazil's leadoff man as they won their first South American Championship in 11 years. He was only 2-for-15 in the round-robin but still led in runs (8, one ahead of Gustavo Roque, only one fewer than the entire Bolivian national team). His six walks in that phase tied Susumu Yoza for second, one behind Ronald Luna. He then picked it up in the semifinals and Gold Medal game, going 3-for-6 with 3 more walks and three more runs.

Starting at short in the 2018 South American Championship, he hit .300/.364/.450 with 5 RBI. He tied Lucas Montalbetti, Alan Fanhoni and Mauro Schiavoni for 5th in the event in RBI. In the Gold Medal Game, he was 1 for 4 against Argentina's Diego Echeverría but drove in Brazil's lone run in a 7-1 loss; down 3-0 in the 5th, he doubled home Alex Yun.