The Atlanta Braves have signed 21-year old right-handed pitcher Masayoshi Tokuda to a minor league contract for the 2005 season
"He is a strong right-handed pitcher that came to a tryout camp," Braves Eastern Rim Coordinator Phil Dale told BravesCenter via email on Thursday. "He had a 93 mile an hour fastball and a hard curve, and that was without playing for six months. He quit college in Japan after the death of his mother and he had to look after his brother and sister. That made him a free agent."
The 6'0", 210 pound Tokuda will be in minor league camp in a few weeks in Orlando. He is currently on the Danville spring roster. No word on what level he will start at in the minor league system.
Earlier in the winter the Braves signed outfielder Takumi Hamaoka to a contract. As of now, he will remain overseas for this season.
As BravesCenter finds out more on this signing, we will pass along additional information.
Bill Shanks can be reached at email@example.com
Joe Hudson contributed to this report.
Braves Sign Japanese Pitcher
Atlanta Dugout Top Stories
2017 Atlanta Braves Team PreviewDr. Roto previews each and every Fantasy relevant player on the Atlanta Braves as we approach opening day!
Brandon Phillips Traded to Atlanta BravesAdam Ronis examines how Brandon Phillips' departure from the Cincinnati Reds will impact the Fantasy Baseball landscape in 2017.
Atlanta Braves Fantasy Baseball PodcastDr. Roto takes a closer look at the Atlanta Braves.
Scout's Top-100 MLB Prospects: Players 10-1Scout.com unveils its 2017 top-100 MLB prospects ranking. Here is an in-depth look on each of the players from 10-1.
Scouting BaseballThursday at 8:55 AM
Report: White Sox Still Shopping QuintanaWhile not actively shopping their ace, the White Sox continue to listen to offers from other teams in an effort to completely overhaul the team and build for the future.
Hardball ScoopWednesday at 3:32 PM