Ryoichi Adachi

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Ryoichi Adachi (安達 了一)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 10", Weight 165 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Ryoichi Adachi was a first-round pick in 2011.

Adachi played for Toshiba in the industrial leagues after college. With the Japanese national team in the 2011 Baseball World Cup, he was 4 for 16 with two doubles, 4 runs, a RBI and one steal. He fielded .889, while splitting time with Yohei Kawato at short. The Orix Buffaloes picked him in the first round of the draft that year. He signed for a 100 million yen bonus, with 50 million yen in performance bonuses and a 15 million yen salary. He struggled as a rookie in 2012 (.159/.216/.216 in 50 G) as a backup infielder. He made his Nippon Pro Baseball debut as a pinch-runner for Aarom Baldiris. In his first plate appearance, he struck out against Tetsuya Yamaguchi. His first hit came off Tomohisa Otani.

He became Orix's main shortstop in 2013, with Keiji Obiki leaving the team. He hit .235/.299/.316 with 16 steals in 21 tries, fielding .983 at SS. His first homer came off Takayuki Kishi. He was 10th in the Pacific League in steals (between Yoshifumi Okada and Hideto Asamura) and second with 38 sacrifice hits (24 shy of leader Kenta Imamiya). He started 2014 slowly.

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