CPBL Foreign Players Updates Volume #154
Rakuten Monkeys News: Dillon Overton
On December 21, the Rakuten Monkeys announced the signing of 29-year-old left-hander Dillon Overton.
“I look forward to experiencing professional baseball in Asia, and I hope to pitch well for the Rakuten Monkeys,” said Overton in the Monkeys’ press release.
Dillon Overton began his professional career in 2014 and eventually made his MLB debut in 2016 with the Oakland A’s. He pitched a total of 47.1 innings in the MLB between 2016-17 and compiled a 9.13 ERA and 1.88 WHIP.
In 2019, Dillon Overton spent the entire season in Triple-A and posted a 5.46 ERA and 1.49 WHIP over 115.1 innings. It is also worth noting, that was his stats in the Pacific Coast League, which is a very hitter-friendly league.
A good comparison to Dillon Overton would be the Uni-Lions Tim Melville, who also pitched in the Pacific Coast League in 2019. Both players’ stats are almost identical.
With Tim Melville performed exceptionally well in the CPBL in 2020, maybe it is safe to assume it would be the same case for Dillon Overton. Below are a few players’ 2019 Pacific Coast League stats, all of them have pitched in NPB, KBO and the CPBL.
Dillon Overton’s Pitching Repertoire
According to the data on Baseball Savant, Dillon Overton’s fastball is not particularly fast, but he has an above-average spin rate. In terms of his breaking pitches, he throws a changeup, curveball and slider.
- Fastball – 143 kph, 45%
- Changeup – 130 kph, 34%
- Curveball – 118 kph, 11%
- Slider – 144 kph, 8%
Dillon Overton almost exclusively uses his changeup and slider against right-handed batters. When he is behind on the count, he mostly relied on his fastball and changeup.
Foreign players come and goes, therefore we compiled a foreign players tracker to keep track of all the foreign players signing for the 2021 CPBL season.