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Tsuyoshi Nishioka

29-Year-Old Second Baseman – Free Agent

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: NO   BATS: B   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 1"   WT: 176   DOB: 7/27/1984   BORN: Osaka, Japan   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: No   Show ContractHide Contract

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Nishioka signed a contract with the Hanshin Tigers in November of 2012.

November 19, 2012  –  Tsuyoshi Nishioka News

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Nishioka has signed a contract with the Hanshin Tigers, the Kyodo news service reports.

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Tsuyoshi Nishioka Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G PA AB R H XBH 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO SH SF HBP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2008 23 JPN JPN 116 515 473 78 142 45 26 6 13 49 18 11 36 68 4 2 0 .300 .355 .463 .818
2009 24 JPN JPN 120 526 454 70 118 43 24 5 14 41 26 10 67 76 3 2 0 .260 .359 .427 .786
2010 25 JPN JPN 144 688 596 121 206 51 32 8 11 59 22 11 79 96 8 5 0 .346 .429 .482 .911
2011 26 A+ FOR 4 15 12 4 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 2 2 0 0 1 .333 .467 .417 .884
2011 26 AAA ROC 3 14 12 0 4 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 .333 .429 .417 .846
2011 26 MAJ MIN 68 240 221 14 50 5 5 0 0 19 2 4 15 43 3 0 1 .226 .278 .249 .527
2012 27 AAA ROC 101 431 392 42 101 21 18 1 2 34 7 7 32 53 5 1 1 .258 .315 .324 .639
2012 27 MAJ MIN 3 14 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 .000 .071 .000 .071
3-Year Averages     35 125 116 7 25 2 2 0 0 10 1 2 8 22 1 0 0 .216 .266 .233 .499

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Tsuyoshi Nishioka: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
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2011 6 60 1

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Tsuyoshi Nishioka Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

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Tsuyoshi Nishioka Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm PA AB Walk Rate Strikeout Rate BB/K Ratio Contact Rate BABIP Isolated Power
2008 23 JPN JPN 515 473 7% 13.2% 0.53 86% .329 .163
2009 24 JPN JPN 526 454 12.7% 14.4% 0.88 83% .286 .167
2010 25 JPN JPN 688 596 11.5% 14% 0.82 84% .399 .136
2011 26 A+ FOR 15 12 13.3% 13.3% 1.00 83% .400 .084
2011 26 AAA ROC 14 12 14.3% 7.1% 2.00 92% .364 .084
2011 26 MAJ MIN 240 221 6.3% 17.9% 0.35 81% .281 .023
2012 27 AAA ROC 431 392 7.4% 12.3% 0.60 86% .294 .066
2012 27 MAJ MIN 14 12 7.1% 7.1% 1.00 92% .000 .000
3-Year Averages     125 116 6.4% 17.6% 0.36 81% .266 .017

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Tsuyoshi Nishioka: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Nishioka has agreed in principle to join the Hanshin Tigers of the Japanese league, Sanspo.com reports.

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The Twins granted Nishioka his uncondonitial release Friday, Twins Dir. of Baseball Comm. Dustin Morse reports.

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Nishioka was removed from Minnesota's 40-man roster.

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Nishioka was optioned to Triple-A Rochester.

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Manager Ron Gardenhire said it's unlikely Nishioka will be in Friday's starting lineup, Phil Mackey of 1500ESPN.com reports.

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Nishioka will be in uniform for Friday's game against the Rays, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

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Nishioka went 0-for-5 and made an error which led to two unearned runs in Wednesday's loss to Cleveland. He's 0-for-12 with three errors in three games since being recalled from Triple-A.

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Nishioka is starting at second base Tuesday despite making two errors and going 0-for-5 in his 2012 debut in Monday's win over Cleveland.

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Nishioka is starting at second base in Monday's game against Cleveland, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

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Nishioka will be recalled Monday, Twins manager of baseball communications Dustin Morse reports.

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2014

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2012

Minnesota signed Nishioka from Japan (where he'd won a batting title) before the 2011 season and saw him as a future starting infielder while trading J.J. Hardy in the process. That decision went about as bad as possible as Hardy flourished in Baltimore and Nishioka didn't look like a major league player in the field or at the plate. Nishioka's season started off poorly as he broke his leg while turning a double play in the team's sixth game. He began the season at second base, but moved to shortstop when he returned from the DL two months later. However, Nishioka struggled in the field with 10 errors in 60 games at shortstop and had limited range. He also looked overmatched at the plate as he slugged just .249, had just five extra-base hits (all doubles) and didn't draw walks. He also didn't run much with just two stolen bases (which was supposed to be his biggest fantasy asset). The Twins have said they'll give Nishioka a shot to win the starting shortstop job this spring, but he most likely will spend much of the season at Triple-A. It's possible he was simply overwhelmed in his first year in the U.S., but he was so unproductive that it wouldn't be a surprise if he's back in Japan before the end of his three-year contract.

2011

Nishioka will take over as the starting second baseman or shortstop for the Twins after coming over from Japan. Minnesota won his rights via the posting system with NPB for a reported $5.3 million bid. He's a speedy contact hitter who is coming off a great year in Japan where he hit .346/.423/.482 with 206 hits (second most in a season in the Pacific League, after Ichiro's 210 in 1994), and finished third in the Pacific League MVP voting. However, he does come over with some risks. Last season was also the first year of his career that Nishioka was consistently healthy. Last season may have also been his peak as he was just a .293/.364/.423 career hitter in Japan. And while he has speed, he hasn't had a great success rate stealing bases (just 66 percent) and after swiping 41 bases in 2005, he hasn't had more than 30 the past five years. Although Nishioka's power has been on the rise over the last three seasons, most Japanese batters that come over slug less in MLB than they do in NPB. Still, Assuming he stays healthy, it's reasonable to expect Nishioka to provide some offense from a middle-infield position. Don't expect much in the way of power, but he'll contribute a solid batting average and score runs as he's likely to hit No. 2 in the order ahead of Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau. Although he played shortstop in Japan, most scouts think he's a better fit for second base in MLB. The Twins will decide this spring if he's best at second base or shortstop, but he'll have a starting job either way.