Japan’s National University Submarine Pitcher Joined Taiwan’s Zhongxin on the ML Stage
Kazuhisa Makita, who played for the Japanese national team in the past, will take the stage of the Taiwanese Professional Baseball (CPBL).
Citing a report by Taiwan’s Apple Daily on the 2nd (Korea Standard Time), Japanese baseball media “Full Count” said, “Submarine pitcher Kazuhisa Makita, who pitched in 327 games between the U.S. and Japan, joined the Zhongshin Breeders.”
Makita became an underhand pitcher and was nominated by the Seibu Lions in the 2010 rookie draft. Mata took the mound in 55 games in his debut season and became the Rookie of the Year with an excellent performance of 5 wins, 7 losses, 1 hold, 22 saves, and a 2.61 ERA, and took the Major League stage after an excellent performance between the starter and the bullpen.
It has a unique pitching form that is hard to find in the Major League, but the wall of the big leagues was also high. Makita pitched in 27 games at the San Diego Padres in 2018 and was sluggish with a loss and a 5.40 ERA, and returned to Japan by signing a contract with the Rakuten Golden Eagles in the 2020 season.
Makita pitched in 52 games in his first season and performed well with two wins, two losses, 22 holds, two saves and a 2.16 ERA. However, in the 2021 season, he played 16 games and recorded a two-hold ERA of 3.31 and eventually broke up with Rakuten 안전공원
Makita’s trip to Taiwan, who also played for the Japanese national team in the 2013 and 2017 World Baseball Classic, is a shock. However, Makita seems to have not received a proposal from a Japanese professional club. Japan’s Sports Hochi explained, “After leaving Rakuten, I received offers from multiple clubs around the independent league, but I decided to play in Taiwan.”
“Full Count” said, “The Jungshin Brothers is a team that won the integrated championship last year, and Makita is seeking to make a comeback,” adding, “Currently, Makita is applying for various documents to go to Taiwan.” If things go smoothly, we will arrive in Taiwan within two weeks.
Makita, meanwhile, played in nine seasons in the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) and pitched in 345 games, recording 55 wins, 51 losses, 78 holds, 27 saves, and a 2.81 ERA