Shingo Takatsu is in the news again, at least if you read Nikkan Sports. The 40-year old former closer took part in a work out for college-level MLB draft candidates, auditioning before scouts from the SF Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks. Giants Far East Scouting Director John Cox was gave him a good evaluation: "his breaking stuff and the movement of his pitches was good. He's not a young guy, he's a major leaguer. He was very impressive and passed the test". Shingo's fastest pitch was clocked at 86 mph, which isn't that far off what he was throwing with the White Sox a few years ago.
Whether this leads to a contract for Shingo remains to be seen. For his part, Shingo wants to keep playing: "I'm probably being indecisive. But, it's easy to quit and difficult to continue. As long as I can move my body, and as long there is the possibility, I want to play even at 45 or 46″.
Shingo spent last season with the (Woori) Heroes of the Korean Baseball Organization. He had an offer to return before the team pulled it due to foreign player restrictions. He was pretty good in Korea, posting an 0.86 era in 21 innings with an 18/6 k/bb ratio.