Yuya Hasegawa

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Yuya Hasegawa (長谷川 勇也)

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Yuya Hasegawa has been an outfielder in Nippon Pro Baseball.

Hasegawa won a batting title his junior year of college then was MVP as a senior. He was a fifth-round pick of the Softbank Hawks in 2006. He spent 2007 in ni-gun and missed time with a left leg stress fracture. He made his NPB debut on April 22, 2008, hitting 7th and playing left field. He went 1 for 4 with two strikeouts; his first hit was a single off Hideki Asai. A week later, he got his first homer, a solo shot off Matt Kinney. For the year, he hit .235/.295/.357 in 71 games for Softbank. He broke a pinky in August.

In 2009, the Senshu alumnus had a big season at .312/.387/.426 with 31 doubles. He was 4th in the Pacific League in average behind Teppei Tsuchiya, Tomotaka Sakaguchi and Saburo Omura. He also was fifth in hits (159, behind Hiroyuki Nakajima, Sakaguchi, Kensuke Tanaka and Tsuchiya), tied for 9th in doubles (with Nakajima), 9th in walks (57, between Terrmel Sledge and Naoto Watanabe) and 5th in OBP (behind Nakajima, Atsunori Inaba, Tsuchiya and Tadahito Iguchi). He made the PL All-Star team.

Hasegawa slumped to .255/.346/.315 with 14 steals in 17 tries in 2010. His extra-base hit total fell from 41 to 20. He only made the top 10 in intentional walks (5, tied for the lead with slugger Takeya Nakamura) and hit-by-pitch (12, tied for third with Inaba). Rebounding in 2011, he hit .293/.379/.388 with 13 steals in 14 tries. He was 8th in the PL in average (between Sakaguchi and Ryo Hijirisawa), 8th in walks (47) and 3rd in OBP (behind only Yoshio Itoi and Takumi Kuriyama).

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