‘Dodgers release → Japan’ pitcher Cy Young Young, 9K in 7 innings of 152 km… Ready for first group debut

Trevor Bauer, who was released from Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers and signed with the Nippon Professional Baseball Yokohama DeNA Baystars, has finished preparations for his first-team debut. He took the mound in the third game in the second team and increased the number of pitches to 93. 

On the 28th, Bauer pitched as a starting pitcher in a game against Chiba Lotte in the Eastern League (second team). He allowed 4 runs on 8 hits, 1 walk and 9 strikeouts in 7 innings. He threw 93 pitches, even increasing the number of pitches he needed as a starter.  스포츠토토

Sankei Sports, a Japanese media outlet, said, “I caught 9 strikeouts with a ball mix centered on breaking balls. Sliders, knuckle curves, cut fastballs, changeups, two-seams, and even curveballs were controlled in the corner. Fastballs mainly recorded in the second half of 140km, but in critical situations 150km. It exceeded. The fastest speed was 152 km.”

In addition, Bauer entered the plate twice as the ninth hitter, but struck out all without swinging once. 

With this, Bauer made three starts in the second team. He recorded 4 scoreless innings, 1 run in 5 innings, and 4 runs in 7 innings that day. The average ERA in group 2 is 2.81.  

Bauer won the Cy Young Award with an average ERA of 1.73 in 11 games, 5 wins (2 shutouts) and 4 losses in Cincinnati in the 2020 season, which was played in a shortened season (60 cases) due to Corona 19. Ahead of the 2021 season, he signed a three-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. 

However, in July 2021, he was sued for sexual assault and received an administrative break from the Major League Secretariat. A lengthy court battle ensued, and in April 2022, the Major League Secretariat imposed a 324-game suspension on Bauer.

Bauer, who took a year and a half off until the 2022 season, appealed the MLB’s disciplinary action, which was alleviated with a 194-game suspension in December of last year. However, the Dodgers released Bauer in January, paying the remaining $22.5 million in annual salary.

Bauer, who was shunned by 30 major league clubs, signed a one-year, $4 million contract with Yokohama in mid-March. In preparation for the season following his signing, his first team debut was delayed due to shoulder pain. 

Japanese media expects Bauer to start in the match against Hiroshima at Yokohama Stadium on May 4th. 

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