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Yoshihisa Hirano Hirano, Yoshihisa

HIRANO YOSHIHISA

Yoshihisa Hirano

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2017WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC™

Uniform Number 66 Position Pitcher
Height 186cm Throw/Bat R/R
Weight 84 kg

Born in March 8, 1984

Right-handed pitcher who is an experienced reliever. He won Best Relief Man Award in 2011 and Closer of the Year Award in 2014, and has stamina and mental strength that enable him to pitch more than one inning. He is a potent closer candidate to take back the world champions.

He joined Orix from Kyoto Sangyo University by using Kibowaku system with which a player can choose a team he wishes to play with. He bacame a reliever in 2010, his fifth year, and had a breakthrough, and in the following 2011, he pitched for 72 games which was more than any other pitcher in his league, got a Best Relief Man Award with 43 holds and a 1.94 ERA. From near the end of 2012, he served as closer and got a Best Closer Award in 2014 with 40 saves. He is in his 11th season as a professional and has pitched for 491 games in total with 131 holds and 127 saves.

While he has established his status as a reliever who represents the world of baseball, he didn't get a chance to play with SAMURAI JAPAN, but in the WBC member selection, his presence attracted attention. He was called in for the first time, but is expected a lot since one of Kokubo Japan's challenges is the closer position. The question is how to adjust to the WBC ball. He will be a useful player as long as he overcomes it.

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