Yuya Fukui

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Yuya Fukui (福井 優也)

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Biographical Information[edit]

Yuya Fukui has pitched in Nippon Pro Baseball.

Fukui was the Saibi High ace when they won the Koshien Tournament in 2004. He pitched in the 2004 World Junior Championship. The Yomiuri Giants took him in the 4th round in 2005. He turned them down, the first Giants draftee to refuse to sign in 25 years. Out of college, he was taken in the first round by the Hiroshima Carp. He was one of three Waseda hurlers that went in the first round; the other two were Yuki Saito and Tatsuya Oishi.

As a rookie, he was 8-10 with a 4.12 ERA and 120 strikeouts in 146 1/3 innings as a regular starter for Hiroshima. He was among the Central League leaders in homers allowed (14, tied for 3rd), walks (68, 1st), wild pitches (11, 1st), runs allowed (76, 1st, 4 ahead of Shun Tohno), earned runs (67, 2nd, one behind Kentaro Takasaki) and hit batsmen (8, tied for 3rd).

Fukui's repertoire contains a slider, curveball, forkball and fastball (has peaked at 94 mph).