Kazuhisa Makita

Kazuhisa Makita (牧田 和久, Makita Kazuhisa, born November 10, 1984) is a Japanese professional baseball pitcher for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). He previously played for the Saitama Seibu Lions of NPB and for the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Kazuhisa Makita
Kazuhisa Makita Padres.jpg
Makita with the San Diego Padres
Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles – No. 22
Pitcher
Born: (1984-11-10) November 10, 1984 (age 36)
Yaizu, Japan
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Professional debut
NPB: 2011, for the Saitama Seibu Lions
MLB: March 30, 2018, for the San Diego Padres
NPB statistics
(through 2020 season)
Win–loss record55-51
Earned run average2.80
Strikeouts547
Saves27
Holds76
MLB statistics
(through 2018 season)
Win–loss record0–1
Earned run average5.40
Strikeouts37
Teams
Career highlights and awards
NPB
Medals
Men's baseball
Representing  Japan
2015 WBSC Premier12
Bronze medal – third place 2015 Tokyo Team

CareerEdit

Saitama Seibu LionsEdit

Makita played collegiately at Heisei Kokusai University but was not drafted out college. He went on to play for Nippon Express in the Japanese industrial leagues for several years after college before being selected by the Saitama Seibu Lions with their second pick in the 2010 Nippon Professional Baseball Draft.[1] Makita made his professional debut in 2011 with Seibu, logging a 5-7 record and 2.61 ERA with 22 saves in 55 appearances, and earned Pacific League Rookie of the Year honors, as well as being named an NPB All-Star.[2] In 2012, Makita improved upon the previous year, recording a 13-9 record and 2.43 ERA in 27 appearances. In 2013, Makita was named an NPB All-Star for the second time in his career after pitching to an 8-9 record and 2.60 ERA with 87 strikeouts in 166.0 innings of work. In 2014, Makita logged an 8-9 record and 3.74 ERA with 89 strikeouts in 170.2 innings pitched. The next year, Makita pitched in 34 games for the Lions, registering a 9-11 record and 3.66 ERA in 137.2 innings. In the 2016 season, Makita posted a stellar 7-1 record and 1.60 ERA with 43 strikeouts in 78.2 innings across 50 contests. In 2017, Makita pitched to a 3-3 record and 2.30 ERA with 35 strikeouts in 62.2 innings of work.

In seven seasons with the Saitama Seibu Lions, Makita compiled a career 2.83 earned run average (ERA) with 514 strikeouts and 206 walks in 921+13 innings.[3]

On December 1, 2017, the Lions announced that they would be posting Makita to be made available to MLB teams before the end of the month.[4]

San Diego PadresEdit

On January 6, 2018, Makita signed a two-year contract with the San Diego Padres.[5] He made 27 appearances in the 2018 season, registering an ERA of 5.40 in 35 innings. On November 2, 2018, Makita was designated for assignment by the Padres.[6]

Makita was invited to Spring Training as a non-roster invitee in 2019 and was assigned to the Double-A Amarillo Sod Poodles to begin the year. Makita had his contract selected to the active roster by the Padres on June 17, 2019,[7] but was designated for assignment the next day without making an appearance for the club.[8] He was outrighted to Amarillo on June 25.[9] He spent the remainder of the 2019 season split between Amarillo and the Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas, and logged a 6-3 record and 3.33 ERA with 67 strikeouts in 70.1 innings between the two teams. He elected free agency on October 1.

Tohoku Rakuten Golden EaglesEdit

On November 26, 2019, Makita signed with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball.[10][11] In 2020 with the Eagles, Makita pitched to a 2-2 record and 2.16 ERA in 52 appearances.

International careerEdit

Makita played for the Japan national baseball team in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, 2014 MLB Japan All-Star Series,[12] 2015 exhibition series against Europe,[13] 2015 WBSC Premier12,[14] and 2017 World Baseball Classic as a relief pitcher.[15]

In 2014, Makita was one of four pitchers who combined to throw a no-hitter for Samurai Japan against a team of Major League players in the MLB-Japan All-Star Series at the Tokyo Dome.[16]

Playing styleEdit

With an unconventional submarine delivery, Makita throws a fastball which sits at 80 mph (tops out at 84–85 mph), a sinker (shuuto), a slider, and a curveball.[17] Makita's pace is very quick; he took approximately eight seconds between pitches in 2016, making him the fastest-working pitcher in NPB that season.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Sypa, Steve (November 20, 2017). "International Free Agent Profile: Kazuhisa Makita". Amazin' Avenue. SB Nation. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Makita wins 2011 Pacific League Rookie of the Year". Baseball-Reference Bullpen. Retrieved January 6, 2018.
  3. ^ "Kazuhisa Makita Career Stats". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved January 6, 2018.
  4. ^ Trezza, Joe (December 1, 2017). "Kazuhisa Makita to be posted for MLB teams". MLB.com. Retrieved January 6, 2017.
  5. ^ "Padres sign Kazuhisa Makita to a two-year contract". MLB.com. January 6, 2018. Retrieved January 6, 2018.
  6. ^ "Padres Outright Alex Dickerson, Designate Kazuhisa Makita".
  7. ^ "Padres Select Makita, Recall Mejia; Machado Appeals 1-Game Ban".
  8. ^ "Padres Designate Kazuhisa Makita".
  9. ^ "Minor MLB Transactions: 6/25/19".
  10. ^ "牧田 和久選手 入団基本合意に関して". 東北楽天ゴールデンイーグルス 公式サイト (in Japanese). November 26, 2019. Retrieved December 22, 2019.
  11. ^ Jeff Todd (November 26, 2019). "Kazuhisa Makita Signs With Rakuten Golden Eagles". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved November 26, 2019.
  12. ^ "選手一覧". 野球日本代表 侍ジャパン オフィシャルサイト (in Japanese). October 9, 2014. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  13. ^ "欧州代表戦、侍ジャパン出場選手発表!6選手が小久保体制下で初招集". 野球日本代表 侍ジャパン オフィシャルサイト (in Japanese). January 16, 2015. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  14. ^ "「WBSC プレミア12」侍ジャパントップチーム最終ロースター28名発表!!". 野球日本代表 侍ジャパン オフィシャルサイト (in Japanese). October 9, 2015. Retrieved May 13, 2018.
  15. ^ BaseballAmerica.com: Majors: International Affairs: World Baseball Classic: Preliminary Rosters For 2013 World Baseball Classic
  16. ^ Coskrey, Jason (15 November 2014). "Norimoto, three relievers toss combined no-hitter against MLB All-Stars". The Japan Times. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  17. ^ 変化球ラーニング シンカー編 牧田和久、『Weekly Baseball』2011 No.26、BASEBALL MAGAZINE SHA Co.,Ltd、P.30-31。

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