Akitake Okada

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Akitake Okada (岡田 明丈)

  • Bats Left, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 1", Weight 176 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Akitake Okada has been an All-Star in Nippon Pro Baseball.

Okada was 15-3 in college. [1] The Hiroshima Carp took him in the first round of the 2015 NPB draft. [2] He was 4-3 with a 3.02 ERA as a rookie in 2016, also going 2-2 with a 3.79 ERA on the farm. He allowed Kosuke Fukudome's 2,000th hit. He did well in Game 4 of the 2016 Japan Series, blanking the Nippon Ham Fighters for five before a Sho Nakata homer in the 6th tied it; Takeru Imamura relieved. The Carp dropped the game and the Series. [3]

The right-handed hurler made the Central League team for the 2017 NPB All-Star Games. In Game 1, he relieved Kazuto Taguchi in the 5th with a 1-1 tie against the Pacific League. He struck out Nakata then got Seiji Uebayashi and Motohiro Shima on grounders. In the 6th, he went 1-2-3 against Sosuke Genda, Shogo Akiyama and Hideto Asamura. The CL scored in the bottom of the inning and Katsuki Matayoshi relieved but the PL came back to cost Okada the win. [4] He finished the season at 12-5, 4.00. He tied Takumi Akiyama for 5th in the CL in wins.

The Tokyo native fell to 8-7, 5.09 in 2018. He tied Yasuhiro Ogawa and Aren Kuri for 9th in the CL in wins and was 8th with 114 K (between Yuta Iwasada and Kris Johnson) but also was second in runs allowed (84, one behind David Buchanan), tied Buchanan for the most earned runs allowed (78) and was 3rd with 62 walks (behind Taiki Ono and Onelki Garcia). Pitching out of the bullpen in the 2018 Japan Series, he allowed one run in two innings. [5]

Okada barely pitched for the big club in 2019 (0-2, 12 R, 11 ER, 11 BB in 7 IP) and spent most of the year in the minors (1-2, Sv, 2.96 in 23 G).

He throws a fastball (peak 96 mph), change-up, slider, forkball and curveball. [6]