Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Welcome to the Blue, Takumi Numata! See a Fantasy Card Creation

It took me some time, but I was finally able to find a photo of our newest international signee, Takumi Numata.  Check out the above fantasy Baseball card I made of him.  As you can see, I wasn't able to find a great pic, but I guess it'll have to do.

Numata is a 19-year old right-handed pitcher from Nagoya, Aichi, Japan.  He stands 6' 1" and weighs 188 lbs.  I'm unsure exactly what he brings to the table (I don't think anyone besides the scouts know what he can do), so we'll have to wait and see.  He is expected to report to Camelback Ranch to work out with their instructional league team.

It's just nice to see the Dodgers finally reaching throughout the world to sign talent after such a long layoff.

BTW, I think I found Numata's twitter account, but I'll wait to disclose that until I receive confirmation.

UPDATE:  From the wonderful folks on Reddit, below is a video of Numata pitching.  The video description says:
After graduating from high school, he attended Nagoya Sangyo University and dropped out after his first year.  He started playing for the Industrial League club team Edion Aichi Kogyo Daigaku OB Blitz this year.

Video Link:

UPDATE IIRodd Gasmer at Dodgers Nation makes note that Japanese Amateur Baseball Association might scuttle this signing.  Check out what he says here.

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