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Takahiro Fujioka

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Takahiro Fujioka (藤岡 貴裕)

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 187 lbs.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Takahiro Fujioka pitched in Nippon Pro Baseball for 9 years.

Fujioka was a star in the Tohto University Base Ball League, having a 27-9 record with 303 strikeouts and a 1.31 ERA. He also represented Japan in the 2010 World University Championship. Yusuke Nomura, Tomoyuki Sugano and he were named the "Big Three" of college pitchers in the 2011 NPB draft.[1] The Chiba Lotte Marines, Rakuten Golden Eagles and Yokohama BayStars all drafted him in the first round, and the Marines won the lottery for the right to him. Fujioka was 6-7 with a 3.36 ERA in 21 starts in 2012.

The Gunma native entered the rotation in 2013, but he didn't pitch well and he was turned into a long reliever. He was 6-10 with a 3.95 ERA in 2013, then he slumped to 6-10 with a 4.48 ERA in 2014. He led the Pacific League with 19 homers allowed in 2014. The Marines then turned him into a reliever, and Fujioka notched 6 holds with a 3.79 ERA in 2015. He improved to a 2.55 ERA in 32 games in 2016, and he also notched 6 holds. However, Fujioka struggled in 2017, and his ERA rose to 16.62 in 10 relief outings.[2]

On July 26, 2018, the Marines traded Fujioka to the Nippon Ham Fighters for Hiromi Oka. He only pitched 6 games for the Fighters from 2018 to 2019, then he was traded with Yohei Kagiya to the Yomiuri Giants for Mitsuo Yoshikawa and Shingo Usami. Fujioka pitched 12 games with a 3.12 ERA in 2020, but he recorded a 1.62 WHIP. The Giants released him after the 2020 season, and his professional career ended.

Overall, Fujioka was 21-32 with a 4.14 ERA, collected 16 holds in 178 appearances, struck out 359 and pitched 493 1/3 innings in 9 years in NPB. His repertoire featured a fastball that peaks at 95.1 mph, a slider and a curveball.