The Gary SouthShore RailCats traded pitcher Yasutomo Kubo to the Sugar Land (Texas) Skeeters for future considerations, the RailCats announced in a press release Monday.
The Skeeters play in the Atlantic League, an independent baseball league.
Kubo, the rookie of the year in Japan's Pacific League in 2005, didn’t see much action with the RailCats. He was signed April 19, released May 11 before the season started and signed again June 27. He made his debut with Gary that night, getting the start against the Chicago Dogs.
Kubo made a total of three appearances, including two starts, pitched 6 ⅔ innings and finished with a 0-0 record. He struck out four batters, walked one, gave up nine hits — including two home runs — and three runs, finishing with a 4.05 ERA.
The 37-year-old right-hander previously pitched professionally in Japan's top league, the Nippon Professional Baseball league, for 13 seasons and spent most of his time as a starting pitcher.
Trading Kubo wasn’t the only move the team made Monday. Gary also signed outfielder Tillman Pugh, who will be playing for the RailCats for the third time in four years. Last season with the Vallejo (California) Admirals of the Pacific Association, Pugh was named league MVP after batting .322 with 18 homers, 93 hits and 58 RBIs.
The RailCats start a three-game homestand with the Texas AirHogs on Monday.