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TANAKA KOSUKE

Kosuke Tanaka

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2017WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC™

Uniform Number 2 Position Infielder
Height 171cm Throw/Bat R/L
Weight 81 kg

Born in July 3, 1989

He is a lead-off man, shortstop, and one of the key players who contributed to Hiroshima's dominance in the league last season with his speedy base running and skillful batting. He was additionally called in and will make efforts to win a championship.

He went to Tokai University from Tokai University Sagami high school and got employed at JR East. When he played in an Industrial baseball league, he was selected for a national team for East Asian Games in 2013. After turning professional, he earned a regular position from his first season, and he played 141 games in his second season in 2015 with . 274 batting average, 8 homers and 45 RBIs. He played in all the innings of all the 143 games as irreplaceable "lead-off man/shortstop" in his third season last year with . 265 batting average, 13 homers and 39 RBIs, in addition to 28 stolen bases which showed his good running abilities.

After Takuya Nakashima (Nippon-Ham) and Kenta Imamiya (SoftBank) withdrew from participating due to injuries, he joined SAMURAI JAPAN this time. Considering the team's circumstances, he is likely to not only play shortstop but replace third baseman halfway through a game. In addition to his defensive and running skills, his amazing performance as clutch hitter is expected in WBC as well, like he went 10-12 with . 833 batting average, 1 homer and 4 RBIs in 4 games of last season's Climax Series.

February 24, 2017
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