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  1. That rouge dot is actually his All-Star appearance from this season, when he only threw fastballs in an inning or two of work. Definitely not reflective of his actual velocity range.

    Comment by Patrick Newman — December 13, 2011 @ 3:50 pm

  2. that rogue dot, that is.

    Comment by Patrick Newman — December 13, 2011 @ 3:53 pm

  3. One aspect of Wada’s pitching that’s interesting and hard to quantify is that his throws a rising fastball which gets him a lot of whiffs for its less than mediocre velocity.

    If he remains successful in the majors, Wada will probably look similar to Sid Fernandez, which is not bad at all.

    Comment by nomo17k — December 13, 2011 @ 4:03 pm

  4. Wait, they haven’t been using the same size ball? No wonder we can’t project anything accurately.

    Comment by Eminor3rd — December 13, 2011 @ 4:09 pm

  5. So you’re not a colorblind Frenchman?

    Comment by stupid — December 13, 2011 @ 4:19 pm

  6. That fastball is dirty. Looks much faster than it is. I’d love to see his splits vs lefties…

    The Orioles are deep in average starters, so they can afford to take chances on durability. I think he’s a solid addition.

    Comment by kurtmj93 — December 13, 2011 @ 4:26 pm

  7. It’s not as huge a difference (in size per se), but pitchers definitely have been commenting on how they feel different when they pitch in Japan and then in the MLB. They say the balls there are now in line with what people in the rest of the world uses (as in MLB), but I think they are still manufactured in Japan.

    Before, each ball club used to decide on which brand to use; now, they use the same one all across. That’s the major difference. As you see in the league stats, there has been an enormous cut in offense after the switch.

    Comment by nomo17k — December 13, 2011 @ 4:41 pm

  8. The rest of the world is moving to the NPB ball aka Mizuno-200. Cuba recently changed to Mizuno-200. Mizuno has a huge presence in international tournaments not hosted by the MLB aka WBC.

    Comment by nietzschesass — December 13, 2011 @ 4:50 pm

  9. The ball is made in china. Players actually complained about uneven size of the baseballs. It was in one of those baseball TV show that is available on Youtube if you can understand Japanese.

    Comment by Kampfer — December 13, 2011 @ 6:22 pm

  10. A few important unconnected/factoids dots here suggest he may be a lot better than some people think:

    * Okay, big asterisk for 2011 ERAs, but his 1.51 ERA as a starter is still a full run-and-a-half lower than the league as a whole, new equipment or not

    * No, he doesn’t have Yu Darvish stuff, BUT with his 17-8, 3.14, 169 Ks in 2010, Wada beat out Darvish as Pacific League MVP

    * Not many Japanese pitchers are ready to throw 200 innings right out of the gate; don’t think Wada lacks stamina, however, as he’s been known to throw 120 to 140 (!) innings in a game

    Comment by Ken Francis — December 13, 2011 @ 9:42 pm

  11. Sorry if this is explained somewhere I missed, but what is the x-axis in the pitch tracker?

    Comment by J.Ro — December 13, 2011 @ 9:43 pm

  12. “don’t think Wada lacks stamina, however, as he’s been known to throw 120 to 140 (!) innings in a game”

    they really do play a different game over there– our games end after 9 innings with the most extreme extra inning games topping out aroudn 20… :)

    Comment by Eric R — December 13, 2011 @ 10:25 pm

  13. “don’t think Wada lacks stamina, however, as he’s been known to throw 120 to 140 (!) innings in a game”

    Most clubs in the Japanese leagues still use 6-man rotation, and there are substantially more off days compared to MLB (with a lot less long travels). So I’m not sure that the effect of pitch count on durability/stamina translate very well.

    Comment by nomo17k — December 13, 2011 @ 10:29 pm

  14. http://www.npbtracker.com/data/player.php?p_id=198

    I was wondering about the same thing and found above. It’s ordered by pitching appearances, and each point appears to be the average velocity for that day.

    Comment by nomo17k — December 13, 2011 @ 10:37 pm

  15. Nope, not French.

    Comment by Patrick Newman — December 13, 2011 @ 11:53 pm

  16. Why are the Orioles spending so much money on a marginal middle reliever? They won’t matter for the next 5 years so they should be subtracting big league talent, not adding to it. That money would be better spent on player development and scouting. Looking at another year of fail in Baltimore.

    Comment by lolorioles — December 14, 2011 @ 12:52 am

  17. I remember being skeptical about 34-year-old (at the time) Koji Uehara’s lack of velocity. But boy was that a great signing. And now the O’s are going after slightly harder throwing 26-year-old Chen Wei-Yin of the Chunichi Dragons. Glad to see them finally looking at the international market.

    Comment by Anonymous — December 14, 2011 @ 12:56 am

  18. There’s also a rogue rouge dot. The 74 MPH slider.

    Comment by Yirmiyahu — December 14, 2011 @ 10:29 am

  19. They always spend a lot of money of relief pitchers. Gregg/Gonzo/Baez/Baez/Walker.

    GM’s and managers come and go but the overpriced relief pitching stays.

    Comment by Jeff — December 14, 2011 @ 10:46 am

  20. Anyone know why he abandoned the forkball 2/3rds of the way through the season? I would love to see a major leaguer bring back the forkball. Or the screwball.

    Comment by Yirmiyahu — December 14, 2011 @ 10:52 am

  21. its 4 million a year for someone who could start. not a high risk, you are just wrong

    Comment by Kyle — December 14, 2011 @ 6:50 pm

  22. 4mil for a spot starter/middling reliever or 4mil to improve facilities in another country or hire better scouts? The Orioles are going to blow next year and the year after. Who cares who is coming in in the 5th inning or starting sometimes?

    Comment by lolorioles — December 14, 2011 @ 7:32 pm

  23. Troll.

    Comment by Troll Buster — December 14, 2011 @ 8:17 pm

  24. Not trolling. Tell me how it’s relevant to anything who starts or relieves for the Orioles in 2012 or 2013.

    Comment by lolorioles — December 15, 2011 @ 6:12 am

  25. You could have said the same thing about Koji Uehara. But he turned into Chris Davis and Tommy Hunter.

    If Wada turns out to be good, he’ll be another trade chip on the table.

    Comment by Anonymous — December 15, 2011 @ 12:20 pm

  26. The idea that a team can put no money in the Major League roster just because they aren’t expected to contend is foolish. The Orioles still have to sell tickets to 81 games a year, they still have to try to maintain a grip on the fans in the Baltimore area that have not abandoned the team. Also, I would argue that signing Japanese players is a great tactic as it will improve the team’s global profile and when the next International star is making the leap to MLB he might consider the Orioles.

    Comment by Greg — December 15, 2011 @ 12:23 pm

  27. And they sure did more than just compete.

    Comment by wobatus — May 12, 2013 @ 8:46 am

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