A belated hello to all my followers, it has been a very busy few months for me. I've had to work on a PhD research proposal, pack-up my house and become a full-time dad. It's been tricky to find time to throw a few words up, but here's a simple little article to get the year started. There are 3 position players I'd like to talk about that could well have a role to play in 2021 after building their way up.
Miyoshi was drafted 6th in 2020, but he looks the most likely to make an immediate impact after being called up to the 1st team spring camp. Although among a host of other outfield hopefuls, Miyoshi impressed in batting practice with solid swings and a really attractive looking batting stance.
Miyoshi, like Okabayashi, was once a touted pitching prospect, but when he entered the industrial leagues, he decided to convert to the outfield. He has a strong arm and a solid bat that according to reports, packs a punch.
It might take a while for Miyoshi to get used to NPB pitching, but again, like Okabayashi there is a chance for him if Gerber and Hirata aren't ready by the time the season rolls around. At the very least, we'll see him with the top team this year and if he gets a few pinch-hits he might well stick for a wee bit longer than some might think.
That's my little taster of some players to look our for who might break out given half a chance. Ishigaki seems the most likely while I think Okabayashi and Miyoshi will be given chances.