Hiroki Yamada (baseball)

Hiroki Yamada (山田大樹, born July 30, 1988) is a Japanese left-handed pitcher who plays for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows of the Nippon Professional Baseball.

Hiroki Yamada
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Yamada with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks
Tokyo Yakult Swallows – No. 34
Born: (1988-07-30) July 30, 1988 (age 31)
Tsukuba, Ibaraki
Bats: Left Throws: Left
June 10, 2010, for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks
NPB statistics
(through 2018)
Earned run average3.60

Yamada played his first season in the NPB with the Hawks going 4-4 and a 4.60 ERA, striking out 44 over 59 innings.[1] At the end of the season he joined the Brisbane Bandits inaugural roster and was reported to try to learn a slow curve during the season.[2]

Throughout the 2010-11 Australian Baseball League season, Yamada had been impressive for the Bandits with a 2-1, 3.00 ERA record, including 30 strikeouts over as many innings until in his last game against the Melbourne Aces where he let in 8 earned runs over 3 innings at the very batter friendly Royal Melbourne Showgrounds, blowing out his ERA to 4.91.[3]

Yamada pitched his first shutout for the Hawks on May 20, 2011 over the Hanshin Tigers, letting in only 4 hits over 9 innings of work. He finished the 2011 regular season 7-7 with a 2.85 ERA. In the 2011 postseason, Hiroki picked up the win in Game 5 of the Japan Series, throwing 6 shutout innings. The Hawks would go on to win the Series against the Chunichi Dragons 4-3.

On November 11, 2017, the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks traded Yamada to the Tokyo Yakult Swallows for free of charge.[4]


  1. ^ "Hiroki Yamada (Fukuoka Softbank Hawks)". NPB.
  2. ^ Softbank Hawks Hiroki Yamada To Add a Slow Curve - Yakyubaka
  3. ^ "Hiroki Yamada". Brisbane Bandits. Archived from the original on 2012-03-29. Retrieved 2010-12-14.
  4. ^ "Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks 2017/11/11 Press release (Japanese) トレードについて". Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks Official web site. November 11, 2017. Retrieved November 18, 2017.

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