Takahashi drafted by Yomiuri Giants
HERKIMER, NY – Herkimer Generals baseball player Shinnosuke Takahashi, a native of Chiba, Japan, was recently drafted by the Yomiuri Giants, a professional team apart of NPB (Nippon Professional Baseball).
Takahashi was drafted in the eighth round, getting an opportunity to pitch for a storied franchise, the oldest team present amongst Japanese professional teams. The Giants have won nine league titles and have had numerous compete in the MLB (Major League Baseball), most noted Hideki Matsui, a former outfielder for the New York Yankees.
Takahashi was a Liberal Arts & Sciences: General Studies major at Herkimer College, helping the baseball team to a school-record 41 wins (41-11), 2014 Region III Championship and third-place finish in the NJCAA DIII World Series.
The infielder had an impressive season, playing his best in regionals and nationals. In the Region III tournament he hit .615 with eight hits, one home run and seven RBIs. It helped Herkimer defeat Niagara 13-5, Erie 11-3 and Onondaga 9-3 for the championship.
Then in nationals, the left-hander accumulated seven more RBI’s, hitting .400 with seven runs scored and another home run. The freshman had an RBI in every game of the World Series, finishing with at least one in his last eight games, getting two RBIs in two of the five games played in Tyler, Texas. His third home run of the season came in the team’s final game against Cumberland County College, giving the freshman all his home runs in the final 10 games of the season.
"Shinn is one of the most talented players we have ever had!” said Head Baseball Coach Jason Rathbun. “I am so happy he got his chance to play for the best professional team in Japan. I've had some good conversations with him and he is very excited about this opportunity. When I started coaching 10 years ago, I would have never thought we would have a player drafted by the professional Japanese league! This is really exciting for everyone involved!"