Junichi Tazawa, Relief Pitcher, Miami Marlins
Date of Birth: 6/6/1986
Birthplace: Yokohama, Japan
Current Salary: $5,000,000
Junichi Tazawa, relief pitcher for the Miami Marlins, didn't play professional baseball in Japan. He played in a corporate league before deciding to play professionally in North America. He signed with the Boston Red Sox on December 4, 2008.
Tazawa pitched in 4 games as a starting pitcher and 2 games in relief with the Red Sox in 2009. He had a 7.46 ERA in 25.1 innings. He also pitched 109.1 innings in 20 games as a starter in the minors.
Tazawa had Tommy John surgery in April, 2010, and he missed the entire season. The following season, he pitched just 3.0 innings in 3 games with the Red Sox. He spent the rest of the season on the DL, recovering from his surgery, and in the minors. In 2012, he split his time between the majors and the minors, pitching in 37 games of relief with the Red Sox. He finished the season with 1 win and 1 loss, 1 save, 45 strikeouts to 5 walks, and a career low ERA of 1.43 in 44.0 innings.
In 2013, Tazawa had career highs in games played (71), innings pitched (68.1), and strikeouts (72 to just 12 walks). He had a 3.16 ERA. The following season, he again pitched in 71 games and he had an ERA of 2.86.
Tazawa spent time on the DL in 2016 with a shoulder injury. He pitched in 53 games and he finished with 3 wins and 2 losses, 54 strikeouts to 14 walks, and a 4.17 ERA in 49.2 innings. He didn't pitch in the postseason.
Tazawa became a free agent on November 3, 2016. A month later, on December 16th, he signed a two-year, $12 million contract with the Marlins.
Career pitching statistics for Tazawa through 2016 include:
- 302 games played
- 312.0 innings pitched
- 17-20 win-loss record
- 308 strikeouts to 71 walks
- 3.58 ERA