Tomohiro Abe (安部 友裕)
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 176 lb.
- High School Fukuoka Kogyodai Joto High School
- Born June 24, 1989 in Kita Kyushu, Fukuoka Japan
Utility infielder Tomohiro Abe began his Nippon Professional Baseball career in 2011.
Abe battled injuries in high school but still hit 39 home runs. The Hiroshima Carp took him in the first round of the 2007 draft (the NPB draft then had different sections for high school and college players, so he was their first high school pick). He spent several years in the minors before coming up in 2011; his first at-bat came as a pinch-hitter for Takahiro Aoki and he fanned against Shota Oba. His first hit was off Shunsuke Watanabe. He finished the season 3-for-20 with two errors.
Perhaps his best season to date (Aug. 2015) was 2012, when he hit .252/.293/.303 in 119 at-bats, with his first dinger coming off Futoshi Kobayashi. He fielded .988 at 2B, his main position, where he was third-stringer behind Akihiro Higashide and Ryosuke Kikuchi. The next year, he had 123 ABs but hit only .220/.287/.276. With Kikuchi becoming the starter at second, he primarily backed up Eishin Soyogi at short and fielded .959 there. He was 1 for 3 in 2014 and did not take the field. He did do well in the minors that year, hitting .308/.410/.364 to finish third in the Western League in average. His 8 triples may have led the loop.
As of August 3, 2015, he was again over .300 in the minors and seeing backup action in NPB.