Foreign players updates Vol#7
Chinatrust Brothers announced that a new foreign pitcher Kohsuke Tomita has arrived to Brothers training camp for internal tryout.
Tomita has past the health examinations on the 13th, and had a tryout session the following day. Brothers GM has told the press that Tomita’s fastball can reach up to 150kph, for the tryout session the management team will be looking at Tomita’s pitching repertoire, movement and control. The management will evaluate before making a decision whether they want to officially sign Tomita or not. Until then Tomita will be training with the farm league.
Tomita spend his last season at Rangers short A and then moved on to ABL’s Melbourne Aces. This season has been playing at Liga Norte de Mexico (Mexican Northern League) with 6 starts, 44 SO, 3.86 ERA over 30.1 IP.
With Tomita joining the farm team camp, Brothers now have 5 foreign players. With Andrew Sisco, Robert Morey and Rudy Owens part of the 26-man roster and Nate Long and Kohsuke Tomita in the farm league waiting for the call-up. With current CPBL structure, 26-man roster can only have 3 foreign players limit, that means if Long or Tomita are to be call-up. Brothers would have to release players to make room.
The last time Brothers had a Japanese pitcher can be dated back in 2013 with Sanada Hiroki. With 2.24 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 32 HLD over 72.1 IP
- Jared Lansford – Son of the MLB All-Star, batting champion Carney Lansford. Who was part of Lamigo Monkey rotation last season with 16W, 7L, 4.15 ERA, 1.49 WHIP over 178 IP
- Scott Richmond – Canadian Premier 12 squad member. Right hand starting pitcher. Pitched 2008 to 2012 for the Blue Jays. 2013 for the Lotte Giants in KBO. 2014 to 2015 for the Rangers in the AAA system.
- Mike Loree – Last year triple crowns winner in CPBL.
Hassan Pena – Cuban right hander. Will be the closer for this season.
- Jair Jurrjens – 8 years of MLB experience, total of 53 wins with the career ERA of 3.72. Was part of the Premier 12 Netherlands National team.
- Bruce Billings – 2 years of MLB experience. Spent the entire 2015 in AAA with 8W, 5L, ERA 3.63.
- Ryan Kelly – 28 year old hard throwing right hander. Had an impressive AAA record last year with 0.59 ERA, 0.761 WHIP with 22 SV 46 IP Kelly made his MLB debut 2015 with the Atlanta Braves, recording a 7.02 ERA over 16.2 innings of relief.
Felix Pie – Lefty outfielder. 6 years in the MLB. Spent 2014 season in the KBO.
- Orlando Roman – 38 year old Roman was part of the Brothers rotation back in 2010, 2011. Moved to NPB for Yakult Swallow between 2012 – 2015.
- Ryan Searle – Australian right hand starting pitcher with 7 years in the Cubs minor system experience.
- Greg Smith – 33 year old American left hander. Pitched for Athletics and the Rockies in 2008 and 2010. Finished the 2015 season with the Braves AAA team posting a 6-7, 2.71 ERA record over 119.2 innings with 19 starts.
Shane Youman – Returning to Lamigo once again. Pitched for Lamigo back in 2011, then moved to KBO between 2012 to 2015
- Andrew Sisco – Hard-throwing lefty. Part of the EDA Rhinos rotation in 2013, 2014 and half of 2015.
- Rudy Owens – 29 year old lefty. Going for hte starting rotation. coming off the Domincan winter league with 11 starts, 2W3L ERA of 2.88.
- Robert Morey – 27 year old righty. 6 years in the Miami minor system. Spent the entire 2015 season in AAA with 14 starts, 89 innnings, 4.76 ERA, 1.51 WHIP.
- [Farm Team] Nate Long – Right hand starting pitcher. Was part of the Oakland As organisation. Had 13 starts in the AAA last season with a record of 3W, 5L, ERA 5.7.
- [Farm Team] Kohsuke Tomita – Hard throwing righty, Tomita spend his last season at Rangers short A and ABL’s Melbourne Aces. This season has been playing at the Mexican Northern League with 6 starts, 44 SO, 3.86 ERA over 30.1 IP.
Elih Villanueva – 29 year old. Going for the starting rotation. Coming off the Dominican winter league with 10 starts 3W,5L
Donovan Hand – 30 year old. Made a brief appearance to the Major last season. Will be part of the starting rotation. Spent majority of last 2 season in 3A with 5 wins, 14 lost and 13 saves.