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Indians Sign Japanese Pitcher?

November 2, 2009
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Updated 11/02/2009 at 8:30 a.m. EST:

Unconfirmed reports are saying the Indians have signed or are close to signing Japanese right-handed free agent pitcher Takafumi Nakamura.  According to the Sponichi Annex (which is a site written in Japanese), the Indians have supposedly agreed to a minor league contract with the right-handed pitcher from Chuo University, which is a private university located in Tokyo, Japan.

When reached for comment the Indians said no contract had been signed, though did not decline talking to Nakamura. An official announcement from the Indians or confirmation one way or the other will provided when (if) such a signing has taken place.

According to this site (again, in Japanese) and translated on NPBTracker.com, "Nakamura has got a big frame at 195 cm, 89kg (6?5, 195lbs), and throws from a three-quarter delivery. His heater tops out on the gun at 149 km/h (92mph), but he mostly sits at about 140 km/h (86 mph) with both his fastball and slider. He also has a curve, forkball, and shuuto. Looking at his stats, he shown an ability to strike his college competition out, but walks have been an issue."

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