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ChiWhiteSox1337
01-30-2004, 10:27 PM
Hey guys, I don't know if anyone of you noticed it but whitesox.com has a 8 minute realone player video of shingo takatsu pitching in Japan. It's pretty intense. It's on the main page.

DSpivack
01-31-2004, 04:20 PM
yeah, i saw that...

anybody care to comment?

i have bad flashbacks of b. kim serving up homers in yankee stadium, but maybe that's just me [submarine-type closer].

Deadguy
01-31-2004, 04:34 PM
Thanks for the heads up.

Interesting how he always pitches out of the stretch. He seems to set up on the far left side of the mound in order to get more plate coverage with his side arm pitching motion. Doesn't really seem to have overwhelming velocity though.

I wouldn't mind seeing him start out the season as the closer, since the first time around, most hitters probably are going to have a hard time picking up his pitches. Once they've faced him a few times, though, he might not have that much success.

Huisj
01-31-2004, 05:37 PM
Was it just me or was almost every pitch he threw basically the same pitch? Maybe some were changeups or something, and maybe he changed arm angles slightly here and there, but every pitch pretty much had the same movement on it. Did he throw any slider-type breaking balls in that whole 8 minutes?

poorme
01-31-2004, 06:16 PM
actually, he looks better than I thought...I just wonder how old that video is.

inta
01-31-2004, 06:21 PM
Originally posted by DSpivack


i have bad flashbacks of b. kim serving up homers in yankee stadium, but maybe that's just me [submarine-type closer].

well, i have a bit more faith in the japanese leagues than the korean ones.

LittleBears Suck
01-31-2004, 08:06 PM
Yes some pitches were different. His heater is not fast, though, so everything appears to be breaking pitches from their speed. His slider, however, appears excellent.

As for pitching out of the stretch...all relievers do that, generally all the time.

KW was right, however, in that his change is also excellent. (I was deeked several times watching that video). I don't know of too many successful closers who aren't "power pitchers" but the finesse style definitely has a place in a bullpen.

His scouting report, and that video, both indicate he focuses on keeping the ball low. Add that to being a change-up specialist with good movement, and I don't see why Shingo couldn't be a pressure-is-on-we-need-a-double-play-NOW type of reliever.