Ryoya Kurihara (栗原 陵矢, Kurihara Ryōya, born July 4, 1996 in Fukui, Fukui Prefecture) is a Japanese Professional baseball Catcher for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of Nippon Professional Baseball.

Ryoya Kurihara
Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks – No. 31
Catcher
Born: (1996-07-14) July 14, 1996 (age 23)
Fukui, Fukui, Japan
Bats: Left Throws: Right
NPB debut
June 13, 2017, for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks
NPB statistics
(through 2019 season)
Batting average.196
Home runs1
RBI7
Hits10
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Early Baseball careerEdit

Kurihara participated in the 1st grade autumn 43th Meiji Jingu Baseball Championship and in the 2rd grade spring 85th Japanese High School Baseball Invitational Tournament as an Catcher at the Fukui Prefectural Harue Technical High School.[1]

In 2014, he was selected as the Japan national baseball team in the 2014 Asian Junior Baseball Championship.[2]

Professional careerEdit

On October 23, 2014, Kurihara was drafted by the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks in the 2014 Nippon Professional Baseball draft.[1]

In 2015-2016 season, he played in the Western League of NPB's minor leagues and played in informal matches against Shikoku Island League Plus's teams.

On June 13, 2017, he debuted in the Interleague play (NPB) against the Yomiuri Giants.[3] And he was selected as the Japan Series roster in the 2017 Japan Series.[4]

On February 20, 2018, Kurihara dislocated his left shoulder during spring training.[5] He returned from injury on August 10 and recorded his first hit on September 5.[6][7] In the 2018 Japan Series, he was selected as the Japan Series roster and he recorded a Sacrifice bunt with a Pinch hitter.[8]

On July 23, 2019, Kurihara recorded his first Home run.[9] And he was selected as the Japan Series roster in the 2019 Japan Series.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Nikkan Sports baseball news (Japanese) ソフトドラ2栗原 走れる「1番捕手」だ". Nikkan Sports (in Japanese). November 26, 2014. Retrieved October 31, 2019.
  2. ^ "Sports Nippon baseball news (Japanese) 日本代表に峯本、香月ら 部内いじめ発覚で済美・安楽は選ばれず". Sports Nippon (in Japanese). August 25, 2014. Retrieved October 31, 2019.
  3. ^ "Nikkan Sports baseball news (Japanese) ソフトバンク栗原1軍デビュー「ただただ緊張した」". Nikkan Sports (in Japanese). June 13, 2017. Retrieved October 31, 2019.
  4. ^ "Nippon Professional Baseball (Japanese) SMBC日本シリーズ2017 出場資格者名簿(福岡ソフトバンクホークス)". NPB.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved October 31, 2019.
  5. ^ "Nikkan Sports baseball news (Japanese) ソフトバンク栗原が左肩脱臼 特守で打球に飛び込む". Nikkan Sports (in Japanese). February 20, 2018. Retrieved October 31, 2019.
  6. ^ "Nikkan Sports baseball news (Japanese) ロッテ安田、ソフトバンク中田ら登録/10日公示". Nikkan Sports (in Japanese). August 10, 2018. Retrieved October 31, 2019.
  7. ^ "Nikkan Sports baseball news (Japanese) ソフトバンク4年目栗原プロ初安打「ボールは親に」". Nikkan Sports (in Japanese). September 5, 2018. Retrieved October 31, 2019.
  8. ^ "Nippon Professional Baseball (Japanese) 2018年10月27日(土)マツダスタジアム【SMBC日本シリーズ】 広島東洋カープ vs 福岡ソフトバンクホークス 第1戦". NPB.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved October 31, 2019.
  9. ^ "Nikkan Sports baseball news (Japanese) ソフトバンク栗原プロ1号「出せることをやろうと」". Nikkan Sports (in Japanese). July 23, 2019. Retrieved October 31, 2019.
  10. ^ "Nippon Professional Baseball (Japanese) SMBC日本シリーズ2019 出場資格者名簿(福岡ソフトバンクホークス)". NPB.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved October 31, 2019.

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