By Evan Brunell
There's no shortage of rumors of Japanese players heading across the ocean to play in the MLB. There's Yu Darvish, Hisashi Iwakuma, Norichika Aoki and Tsuyoshi Wada.
You can add Shinobu Fukuhara to the list.
Fukuhara has received interest from the Indians, as the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports. The 34-year-old does not need to be posted as he is an international free agent free to sign with any team. He spent 2011 as a reliever, tossing 48 2/3 innings while punching out 59 and walking 16 en route to a 2.59 ERA. The right-hander flashes a fastball that averages out at 90-91 mph. He also, like many Japanese pitchers, has an array of pitches in his arsenal, including a curveball, cut-fastball, forkball, slider and shuuto (essentially a reverse slider).
He has also started in the past, but his last start came in 2009 and he has not extensively started in his career outside of 2004-06 after being drafted with the No. 3 pick overall in 1999.
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Indians interested in Japanese righty Fukuhara
Posted on: November 10, 2011 4:49 pm