Ryosuke Hirata (平田 良介)
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 9", Weight 185 lb.
- High School Osaka Toin High School
Ryosuke Hirata is in his 4th NPB season in 2009.
Hirata hit 70 home runs in high school. He was a first-round pick of the Chunichi Dragons in 2005, when he was only 17. He was 0 for 2 for the Dragons in 2006, then was 4 for 12 with a run and a time hit by pitch in 2007. With Kosuke Fukudome out with injury, Hirata shared center field duties with Atsushi Fujii in the 2007 Japan Series, going 1 for 7 with a walk and five strikeouts. Chunichi won its first Japan Series in over 50 years.