Season 9 Save Cubs Active Big Leaguer to NPB Yokohama… ‘Unique Career’

Rowan Wick (31), a right-handed pitcher with a unique career, will move to the Japanese professional baseball league (NPB).

According to Japan’s Nikkan Sports on the 16th, the Yokohama DeNA BayStars club selected Wick as a new foreign pitcher and agreed to a contract. Yokohama, which is uncertain whether Trevor Bauer will remain or not, focused on strengthening its offseason mound.헤라카지노

Wick’s current position is a pitcher, but he used to be a catcher. Nikkan Sports added that Wick joined the St. Louis Cardinals as a catcher in the ninth round (300th overall) of the 2012 rookie draft. He changed his career from an outfielder to a pitcher. In fact, Wick’s Minor League career started in 2012 as a catcher. In 2014, he had a batting average of 0.378, 14 homers and 38 RBIs in the lower single A. Wick’s on-base plus slugging percentage (0.815) was excellent at 1.290 OPS. However, Wick has worked full-time as a pitcher, not as a catcher or outfielder, starting in 2016.

Wick, who played as a professional bullpen, made his big league debut in 2018 after gradually gaining experience in the minor leagues. This season, he pitched in 64 games, the most since his MLB debut, and posted four wins, seven losses, nine saves, and an ERA of 4.22. His overall five-year MLB record is 6 wins, 10 losses, 16 holds, 20 saves, and an ERA of 3.82. According to FanGraph, a website specializing in MLB records, Wick’s average fastball speed is around 95 miles (152.9 kilometers/h). He is 1m 90 centimeters tall, boasting his strong shoulders as a catcher. As a pitching pitcher, he is expected to play an important role in the Yokohama bullpen next season.

For Yokohama, Yasuaki Yamasaki (3-7, 20 saves, 4.37 ERA), Kohei Morihara (2-1, 17 saves, 2.32 ERA), Hiromu Ise (4-6, 2 saves, 322 ERA), and foreign bullpen J.B. Wendelken (2-2, 33 hold, 1.66 ERA) will hold out. When left-handed bullpen Edwin Escobar left the team in the offseason, there was a small vacancy, and he filled it quickly.

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