Junichi Tazawa Boston Red Sox  |  Pitcher

     
 

Age: 28
Born: June 6, 1986
Yokohama, Japan
Height: 5-11
Weight: 180
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: Not drafted
How Acquired: International free agent (Dec. 2008)
High School: Yokohama Shoka (JP)

Photo © Kelly O'Connor

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Scouting Report: Small-framed Japanese right-handed pitcher. Underwent Tommy John surgery in 2010 and missed entire season. Delivery is unconventional - his arm lags behind his shoulder, and he has an abrupt whipping action down from his elbow as he releases the ball. His follow through isn't all that smooth, but his lower body has solid mechanics and stays balanced throughout his motion. Converted to a reliever in 2012 after starting prior to injury. Fastball sits 91-93 mph. Can top out at 95 mph out of 'pen. Heavy, downward movement in shorter bursts and ability to elevate past hitters. Solid-average fastball command. Able to pound zone with pitch. 72-77 mph curveball grades as solid-average. Shows tight rotation and depth down through the strike zone. Leans on curve to get outs ahead in the count. Can hang at times, but has shown more command of offering in 2012. Low-80s split-fingered changeup grades as solid-average-to-plus. Tumbling action similar to a forkball and fools hitters due to appearing like his fastball. Generates strong, consistent arm-speed with pitch. Swing-and-miss potential at major-league level. 78-82 mph backdoor slider has been slow to return since surgery. Showed tight break and ability to throw for strikes with the offering previously, but he does not use it all that often in relief role. Excellent control of arsenal. Projects as a seventh/eighth inning reliever on a contender.

 
   
    Pitching Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l % era g gs sv ip h r er hr bb so whip k/bb k/9
  2008 Nippon Oil JABA Intl --- 22 13 1 0.929 0.80 21 11 5 113.0 --- --- 10 --- 15 114 --- 7.60 9.08
  2009 Portland East AA Bos 23 9 5 0.643 2.57 18 18 0 98.0 80 31 28 8 26 88 1.08 3.38 8.08
  2009 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 23 0 2 0.000 2.38 2 2 0 11.3 7 4 3 0 1 6 0.71 6.00 4.76
  2009 Boston AL MLB Bos 23 2 3 0.400 7.46 6 4 0 25.3 43 23 21 4 9 13 2.05 1.44 4.62
  2010 DNP-Injured AL MLB Bos 24 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
  2011 Salem Car A Bos 25 0 1 0.000 6.05 6 6 0 19.3 20 13 13 4 6 13 1.34 2.17 6.05
  2011 Portland East AA Bos 25 3 2 0.600 4.70 8 2 0 23.0 20 12 12 3 7 27 1.17 3.86 10.57
  2011 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 25 1 1 0.500 2.51 8 0 0 14.3 14 4 4 1 3 19 1.19 6.33 11.93
  2011 Boston AL MLB Bos 25 0 0 --- 6.00 3 0 0 3.0 3 2 2 1 1 4 1.33 4.00 12.00
  2012 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 26 3 2 0.600 2.55 25 0 4 42.3 34 18 12 2 17 56 1.20 3.29 11.91
  2012 Boston AL MLB Bos 26 1 1 0.500 1.43 37 0 1 44.0 37 7 7 1 5 45 0.95 9.00 9.20
  2013 Boston AL MLB Bos 27 5 4 0.556 3.16 71 0 0 68.3 70 25 24 9 12 72 1.20 6.00 9.48
  2014 Boston AL MLB Bos 28     stats                            
   
  Additional Player Info  
  Pronunciation: Joo-NEESH-ee Tah-ZAH-wah
First Pro Contract:
December 4, 2008 by Craig Shipley
Signing Bonus: $1,800,000
MiLB Debut: August 7, 2009
MLFA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: N/A
Added to 40-man: December 4, 2008
MLB Debut:
August 7, 2009 (Boston)
MLB Service Time (through 2013):
3 years, 86 days
Options Remaining
: 1 (2012, 2011, 2009) (4 option years)
MLB Contract (2014): $1,275,000
Trade Restrictions
: -
     
  Awards
Futures Game All-Star (2009)
Eastern League All-Star (2009)
SoxProspects.com Awards
2009 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star - SP
2009 SoxProspects.com All-Star - SP
2012 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star
2012 SoxProspects.com All-Star - RP

 

 
  

 
 

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