NPB Bullet Points: Scales, Melian, Arakaki, Sugano
by Patrick Newman (Jun 28, 2011)
Updates on some NPB Tracker favorites and a name that long-time Baseball America readers will find familiar.
- Bobby Scales is on his way to Japan to play for Nippon Ham. I had Scales on my list last offseason, and again a couple weeks ago, so it’s safe to say he’s an NPB Tracker favorite. According to Nikkan Sports, Ham intends to use him to fill the gap left by the currently injured Kensuke Tanaka.
- Another NPB Tracker favorite, Nagisa Arakaki, is rehabbing a ni-gun with an eye toward his first ichi-gun appearance in over two years. Arakaki is scrapping his once-feared slider.
- The other day I happened across a news item saying that former Yankees prospect Jackson Melian is active in Japan with the independent Kobe Suns, who are managed by former Major Leaguer Mac Suzuki. He’s only hitting .175 though.
- Here’s a pic of the scouting contingent at Tokai University pitcher Tomoyuki Sugano’s
last game. The group included scouting representation from at least one
MLB team. Sugano is high on Yomiuri’s radar for this season’s draft.
- Yet another NPB Tracker favorite, Junichi Tazawa, failed to last a full inning in his first appearance off the DL. Tazawa gave up six runs in 2/3 of an inning.
- Shame on me for not finding the English-language Hanshin Tigers Page and including it in this year’s blogosphere post.