• Hiroyuki Nakajima

    Posted by on March 13th, 2013 · Comments (1)

    Via Danny Knobler -

    When the A’s traded for Jed Lowrie, they didn’t have a full-time position for him. They said he’d play, but they said he might be moving around.

    Halfway through spring training, they still don’t know, but now the problem is different.

    The problem then: They already had starters at every spot.

    The problem now: They don’t like those starters.

    A’s people say Japanese free-agent Hiroyuki Nakajima has been so unimpressive at shortstop that they now describe the position as “open.” But they say Scott Sizemore has been equally unimpressive at second base.

    When will teams learn to avoid Japanese infielders?

    Rk Player WAR/pos From To Age G PA SO SB CS BA OBP SLG
    1 Tadahito Iguchi 5.4 2005 2008 30-33 493 2079 387 48 13 .268 .338 .401
    2 Kazuo Matsui 4.5 2004 2010 28-34 630 2555 403 102 18 .267 .321 .380
    3 Kenji Johjima 4.5 2006 2009 30-33 462 1722 148 7 5 .268 .310 .411
    4 Akinori Iwamura 4.0 2007 2010 28-31 408 1755 330 32 16 .267 .345 .375
    7 Munenori Kawasaki -0.4 2012 2012 31-31 61 115 18 2 2 .192 .257 .202
    9 Norihiro Nakamura -0.8 2005 2005 31-31 17 41 7 0 0 .128 .171 .179
    10 Tsuyoshi Nishioka -2.5 2011 2012 26-27 71 254 44 2 4 .215 .267 .236
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 3/13/2013.

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    Comments on Hiroyuki Nakajima

    1. Raf
      March 13th, 2013 | 5:21 pm

      I don’t think they’ll ever give up on Japanese infielders, nor should they. If they show talent, they should get a shot.

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