RAILCATS: Former Japanese pitcher joins roster

2013-04-16T16:00:00Z RAILCATS: Former Japanese pitcher joins rosterTimes Staff and Wire Reports nwitimes.com
April 16, 2013 4:00 pm  • 

The RailCats will be the first American home to right-handed pitcher Takahiro Matsuka, a reliever with Japanese Major League experience.

The right-hander had a 4.50 ERA in 22 innings in the Japan Central League and Japan Pacific League in 2009 and 2010. Last season, he played 15 innings over 16 appearances with a 5.40 ERA in the minor league system of the Nippon Ham Fighters.

The team also signed outfielder Drew Martinez, a 10th-round pick by the Los Angeles Angeles in 2011. Last season, Martinez batted .259 with 19 RBI and 37 runs scored in 58 games between the Angels’ Rookie and Class A affiliates. He was 17-for-20 in stolen base attempts.

To make space in the outfield for Martinez, the RailCats traded outfielder Trevor Willis to the Schaumburg Boomers in the Frontier League as part of a three-team deal. The RailCats will receive a player to be named later from the Rockford Aviators.

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