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Sho Iwasaki (岩嵜 翔, Iwasaki Shō, born October 21, 1989 in Funabashi, Chiba Prefecture) is a Japanese professional baseball pitcher for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball.

Sho Iwasaki
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Iwasaki with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks
Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks – No. 17
Pitcher
Born: (1989-10-21) October 21, 1989 (age 30)
Funabashi, Chiba, Japan
Bats: Right Throws: Right
NPB debut
July 23, 2008, for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks
NPB statistics
(through 2019 season)
Win–loss record28-26
ERA3.32
Holds72
Saves5
Strikeouts348
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Professional careerEdit

On October 3, 2007, Iwasaki was drafted by the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks in the 2007 Nippon Professional Baseball draft.

On July 23, 2008, Iwasaki pitched his debut game as a starting pitcher against the Orix Buffaloes. [1]

In 2008 - 2010 season, he pitched 8 games in the Pacific League.

On May 13, 2011, Iwasaki won the game for the first time in 4 years.[2] In 2011 season, he finished the regular season with a 13 Games pitched, a 6–2 Win–loss record, a 2.72 ERA, a 33 strikeouts in 79 1/3 innings. And he was selected as the Japan Series roster in the 2011 Japan Series.[3]

In 2012 season, Iwasaki finished the regular season with a 29 Games pitched, a 5–10 Win–loss record, a 3.14 ERA, a 3 Holds, a 77 strikeouts in 120 1/3 innings.

In 2013 season, Iwasaki pitched as a relief pitcher, and finished the regular season with a 47 Games pitched, a 1–4 Win–loss record, a 4.33 ERA, a 14 Holds, a two Saves, a 54 strikeouts in 68 2/3 innings.

In 2014 season, Iwasaki pitched as a starting pitcher, and finished the regular season with a 18 Games pitched, a 4–1 Win–loss record, a 4.06 ERA, a 3 Holds, a 37 strikeouts in 62 innings. And he pitched as a relief pitcher in the 2014 Japan Series.

In 2015 season, Iwasaki finished the regular season with a 8 Games pitched, a 1–0 Win–loss record, a 6.75 ERA, a 2 Holds, a 5 strikeouts in 10 1/3 innings. And he was selected as the Japan Series roster in the 2015 Japan Series.[4]

In 2016 season, Iwasaki finished the regular season with a 35 Games pitched, a 4–2 Win–loss record, a 1.95 ERA, a 2 Holds, one Saves, a 61 strikeouts in 87 2/3 innings.

In 2017 season, Iwasaki finished the regular season as a Setup man with a 6–3 Win–loss record, a 1.99 ERA, 66 strikeouts in 72 1/3 innings, a 40 Holds, and a 2 saves, and he won the 2017 Pacific League Hold Champion with 72 Games pitched (Hawks's new record[5]), the most in the Pacific League.[6] And he pitched as a Setup man in the 2017 Japan Series.

On April 10, 2018, Iwasaki had right elbow surgery and spent the rest of the season on rehabilitation.[7]

On August 21, 2019, Iwasaki made a comeback and pitched for the first time in a year and three months.[8] And he was selected as the Japan Series roster in the 2019 Japan Series.[9]


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks Game report (Japanese) 2008/07/23(水)第14回戦 福岡ソフトバンク vs オリックス". Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks Official site (in Japanese). July 23, 2008. Retrieved November 28, 2019.
  2. ^ "Sports Nippon baseball news (Japanese) ソフト岩崎、4年目で涙のプロ1勝「幸せです」". Sports Nippon (in Japanese). May 14, 2011. Retrieved November 28, 2019.
  3. ^ "Nippon Professional Baseball (Japanese) コナミ日本シリーズ2011 出場資格者 福岡ソフトバンクホークス". NPB.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved November 28, 2019.
  4. ^ "Nippon Professional Baseball (Japanese) SMBC日本シリーズ2015 出場資格者名簿(福岡ソフトバンクホークス)". NPB.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved November 28, 2019.
  5. ^ "最優秀中継ぎのホークス岩嵜、72登板で球団新46HP「まさかこんなに投げるとは」". full-count.jp (in Japanese). October 10, 2017. Retrieved November 29, 2019.
  6. ^ "2017年度 表彰選手(パシフィック・リーグ)". NPB.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved October 10, 2019.
  7. ^ "Nikkan Sports baseball news (Japanese) ソフトバンク岩崎12日右ひじ手術 全治まで3カ月". Nikkan Sports (in Japanese). April 11, 2018. Retrieved November 29, 2019.
  8. ^ "Nishinippon Shimbun baseball news (Japanese) SB岩崎507日ぶり登板 ファン大歓声「素直にうれしかった」". Nishinippon Shimbun (in Japanese). August 22, 2019. Retrieved November 29, 2019.
  9. ^ "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 November 28, 2019.

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