|Hanshin Tigers — No. 21|
October 31, 1983 |
Moriguchi, Osaka, Japan
|Bats: Left||Throws: Left|
|NPB: October 14, 2006 for the Hanshin Tigers|
(through 2011 season)
|Last update: January 28, 2012|
|Competitor for Japan|
|World Baseball Classic|
|Gold||2009 Los Angeles||Team|
Minoru Iwata (岩田 稔, born October 31, 1983) is a Japanese baseball pitcher from Moriguchi, Osaka, Japan and he currently plays for the Hanshin Tigers. He was a member of the Japan team in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.
Iwata entered Osaka Toin High School in 1998. He became the ace pitcher in autumn 1999 (his 2nd year of senior high school) and contributed to the school's winning the Osaka High School Baseball Autumn Tournament and advancing to the quarterfinal in the Kansai High School Baseball Autumn Tournament. However, he contracted type 1 diabetes because he caught a viral cold in winter. He could not play in his 3rd year of senior high school, then he entered Kansai University in 2001. He had 6 wins and 10 losses in the university league.
Nipon Professional Baseball
He was drafted by the Hanshin Tigers after 2005 season because of his various breaking balls. In his debut in 2006, Iwata allowed four runs in 3 innings of work and lost his only game in the season. In 2007, Iwata was 0-1 and a 5.40 ERA. In 2008, he was third in voting for the 2008 Central League Rookie of the Year Award, trailing Tetsuya Yamaguchi and Hayato Sakamoto after going 10-10 with a 3.28 ERA and 101 strikeouts.
2009 World Baseball Classic
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