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Posted 01 March 2010 - 10:13 AM
I wonder if there is any thought to using Tazawa (or even Bowden) in the bullpen for 2010; certainly the Sox have a lot of bullpen pitchers already. It had previously been reported that they were interested in putting SP prospects in the bullpen prior to a full work load as a starting pitcher.
Posted 01 March 2010 - 11:30 AM
Can Tazawa maintain his velocity through 7 innings? He's not a big man, so limited stamina and velocity loss seem like the only things that could keep him from being a good major-league starter.
Is Tazawa a guy who is really using his velocity to get people out though? His average was about 89 last year. He seems like a guy who depends more on breaking pitches, location and pounding the strike zone to get people out. Do a few MPH either way make all that much of a difference? I would think location and consistent execution would be bigger factors for him. I'm no sure he can really throw it past many hitters(Tek aside). I was more encoured by the fact that he worked on the split/slider.
Edited by BucketOBalls, 01 March 2010 - 11:31 AM.
Posted 01 March 2010 - 11:35 AM
If he's getting higher velocity and more separation on his pitches then there's no way it wouldn't help.
Posted 01 March 2010 - 11:53 AM
92 with pinpoint control would allow Tazawa to use more of the strike zone, even going inside on occasion. When he is topping out at 90, he is pretty much restricted to sitting on the outside edge, and sooner or later that limitation will catch up to him. Pinpoint control will only get a pitcher so far: he also needs movement or velocity, and preferably both.
It's interesting to see the slider mentioned, since Tazawa hardly ever threw it in the majors. His out pitch was usually the slow, big-breaking curve, while the splitter was a change-of-pace that he tried (and sometimes failed) to keep out of the strike zone. A five-pitch pitcher with average velocity has much more potential than last summer's Tazawa, whose ceiling looked to be low. A splitter that moves, a slider that bites, and an extra mile per hour on the fastball all add up to encouraging news.
Posted 29 March 2010 - 05:20 PM
The Red Sox hadn’t heard any reports back regarding Tazawa, who was slated to return to the team Monday night.
Rob Bradford (EEI)
Posted 30 March 2010 - 12:35 AM
Edit: I guess I was being too optimistic: Tazawa could need elbow surgery.
Tazawa said there is a ligament issues and that surgery "will be part of the discussion."
Edited by barbed wire Bob, 30 March 2010 - 10:26 AM.
Posted 30 March 2010 - 11:02 AM
"He and the medical staff, they've got to figure out what's the best course of action -- whether it's surgery, whether it's rehab," Francona said. "That's where we're at right now."
One reporter asked if Tommy John surgery was an option.
"You're getting a little ahead of me," Francona said. "Those are things he's got to talk about with Mike (Reinold) and Tom Gill and those guys and figure out what he's comfortable with. Dr. Andrews laid everything out for him. Soon we'll figure out what's going to happen. A lot's getting thrown at him in a hurry."
Posted 13 May 2010 - 08:50 PM
I knew from the Daisuke threads that Japanese pitchers are acclimated to throwing more pitches, and starting more games etc, but I did not think that a young pitcher in the Industrial leagues was subject to this kind of abuse, and I do think it was abusive. In 2009 he looks wonderful for the first part of the season in AA and AAA, but when he is called up to the show it is a disappointing performance. In 2010 he shows up to spring training noticeably bulked up after running and lifting weights during the offseason. Then the 'elbow sprain' and subsequent TJ.
I don't know that much about Japanese baseball, and I don't know what effect suddenly adding muscle mass has on a young pitcher. The whole thing leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I will now boycott Eneos oil.
Posted 11 April 2011 - 09:41 AM
Red Sox right-hander Junichi Tazawa, who missed all of 2010 after undergoing Tommy John surgery, pitched in a game setting for the first time since undergoing the procedure. In an intrasquad game in Fort Myers, the right-hander threw 27 pitches while facing eight batters, striking out three and not allowing a base runner. His fastball velocity registered as high as 89 mph — still below his low-90s velocity of 2009, but close to his pre-surgery form as he continues to build arm strength in his comeback.
Posted 16 May 2011 - 03:53 PM
Per @salemredsox, Junichi Tazawa to start his rehab assignment with Hi-A Salem on Friday, about 13 months after Tommy John
Posted 14 February 2012 - 05:41 PM
The Boston Globe reports Red Sox pitching coach Bob McClure said the team plans to take a look at Junichi Tazawa as a reliever.
Analysis: Tazawa did make three relief appearances for Boston last season, but he mostly has started in the minors. However, he has struggled since returning from Tommy John surgery, which is why the Red Sox want to see if his new career path is as a reliever. If that's the case, then Tazawa's Fantasy value takes a hit for the time being. Continue to ignore him in all formats, including long-term keeper leagues.
Posted 14 February 2012 - 06:17 PM
For next year, exploring Tazawa as a bullpen option makes a ton of sense. I still think he has the stuff to succeed in a MLB rotation, but I have a hard time seeing him ahead of Padilla or Cook on the depth chart at starter and the bullpen currently lacks depth. I hope, if they do move him to the pen, that he gets used in a Aceves like role where he gets to pitch 2-3 innings in some of his outings to stay stretched out and leave open the door of a move back to the rotation if that looks like a good idea.
Edited by JakeRae, 14 February 2012 - 06:18 PM.
Posted 14 February 2012 - 08:14 PM
He has the stuff to be a successful major league pitcher and he's one of the more intriguing projects the Sox have in the fold for 2012.
Posted 14 February 2012 - 08:44 PM
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Posted 15 February 2012 - 08:48 AM
That being said, if you re-read through this thread scouts were speculating that he may be better suited to a bullpen role. He has two very good pitches and one decent pitch, so relying on the two strongest may actually help him. People seem to forget just how highly touted this guy was in 2009, many scouts said that he would have been at least a 1st round pick if he were a college draftee.
I think he can be a very useful reliever and he'd be perfectly suited to the "Aceves" role. I bet by June he'll be the 7th inning guy. I'd love to see what his numbers look like after 30 to 40 major league appearences.
Posted 15 February 2012 - 01:09 PM
I would have loved to see Tazawa compete for the 5th stater spot as I think he is hugely underrated as a future contributor to this team. I think he is a better bet as a starter then all the re-treads.
I agree that I think he has as much chance as a starter as all the other random junk they got. They are probalby thinking of converting him because they can. Moving most of their other 5th starter candidates to the bullpen isn't an option.
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