Matsui with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles
|Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles – No. 1|
|Born: October 30, 1995|
Aoba-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
|April 2, 2014, for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles|
|NPB statistics |
|Career highlights and awards|
As a pitcher for Toko Gakuen high school, he won a 7-0 victory against Imabari-Nishi high school where he racked up 22 strikeouts. Later on, he struck out 19 batters at Koshien Stadium and won a 7-5 game over Joso Gakuin. He also struck out the same amount in 2005, which ranked him along with Yoshinori Toda in 1963.
Tohoku Rakuten Golden EaglesEdit
In October 2013, he was selected by five teams in the professional draft, with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles winning the rights to negotiate with him. On April 2, 2014 his team scored 7-1 against Orix Buffaloes even though he made only three runs.
Matsui is a 5 ft 9 in, 163 lb left-handed pitcher. With an overhand delivery he throws a high-80s fastball (tops out at 93 mph), a change-up, an occasional curveball, and a solid slider around 80 mph, which is his best pitch. He mostly uses his fastball-slider combination in games.
He was selected Japan national baseball team at the 2013 18U Baseball World Cup, 2015 exhibition games against Europe, 2015 WBSC Premier12, 2017 World Baseball Classic and 2018 MLB Japan All-Star Series.
On October 10, 2018, he was selected at the 2018 MLB Japan All-Star Series.
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