Independent league batting average 0.479 → Minor contract with SF, Japan’s ‘Icon of Challenge’ First double-A, no hit in 4 at-bats

Tsutsugo Yoshitomo (31), who played in the independent league and recently signed a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants, went 0-for-4 in his first Double-A game.

Tsutsugo, who belongs to the Richmond Flying Squirrels, a Double-A team affiliated with San Francisco, played in the match against the Boston Red Sox’s Double-A Portland Seadogs on the 23rd (Korean time), starting as a left fielder and batting third. He went hitless in his first official game after signing a minor league contract with San Francisco. 

Tsutsugo, who moved to the United States in 2020, has played 132 Triple A games so far, but this is the first time he has played in a Double A game. 

Tsutsugo withdrew with a floating ball to left field in the first inning, and the batted ball did not leave the infield in the third and sixth innings. In the ninth inning, he went on base on an infield error. Richmond lost 2-4 with 3 hits empty. 

Two days ago, it was announced that Tsutsugo had signed a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants. 

Tsutsugo, who was the home run king of Japanese professional baseball and the 4th hitter of the national team, is becoming an ‘icon of challenge’. After being released from the Texas Rangers in June, he rejected the contract offer from the Japanese club and decided to remain in the United States and continue his challenge. Tsutsugo, who signed with the American independent league Staten Island Ferryhawks earlier this month, recorded a batting average of 0.479 (14 hits in 39 at-bats), 7 home runs, 13 RBIs, and an OPS of 1.429 in 12 games in August. With this as a stepping stone, I continued my challenge in San Francisco. 소닉카지노

After Tsutsugo signed a two-year, $12 million (16 billion won) contract with Tampa Bay in 2020, San Francisco is the sixth team after going through LA Dodgers-Pittsburgh Pirates-Toronto Blue Jays-Texas. His career big league results are a batting average of .197 with 18 homers and 75 RBIs in 182 games.

Previously, Japanese media predicted that “San Francisco is currently looking to advance to the postseason, and Tsutsugo will wait for a call-up to the big leagues in Triple A after playing a few games in the minor league Double A.”

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