Now only 22 years old. Chiba Lotte Marlins’ treasure, Sasaki Loki’s new record challenge continues.
Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) Chiba Lotte’s fastball pitcher Sasaki started on the 28th in an away game against the Orix Buffaloes. 7 innings, 8 hits, 3 runs, ‘no decision’. Fortunately, the team won 4-3 after overtime.
However, it was Sasaki’s restraint that attracted more attention than the win or loss that day. Sasaki threw a ball with the NPB’s highest speed of 165 km a total of 4 times. Sasaki’s 165km ball came in the 5th, 6th and 7th innings. He had a ball velocity of 165 km on the 72nd, 85th, 97th and 103rd pitches. can’t be awesome Usually starting pitchers naturally lose strength as the number of pitches increases. Even if you throw all your might, it is not easy to get the best speed in the later part of the game, especially when it exceeds 100 pitches. However, Sasaki showed amazing power by recording 165km in the 103rd pitch.
It is the highest restraint tie record in NPB history. The protagonist of the previous record is Shohei Ohtani. Ohtani recorded 165 km in 2016 while playing for the Nippon Ham Fighters.
Ohtani was 22 at the time. He is the same age as Sasaki now. Ohtani moved to the major leagues after the 2017 season. 크크크벳
Sasaki has already achieved an unofficial 165 km. He had covered 165 km in a WBC baseball team practice game in early March. Since it was a practice game, he was not recognized as an official speeder, but he made a surprise by recording the highest speed of 163 and 164km in the WBC.
At this rate, Sasaki may come closer to the 170 km of ‘dream restraint’. Now that he is only 22 years old, he has more potential to develop. One variable is whether or not they advance to the major leagues. Sasaki has yet to officially reveal his will to challenge the major leagues. However, there is a great deal of interest in the game today, as more than 20 major league club scouts gathered to watch Sasaki pitch.
Recently, in the KBO League, the restraint match between ‘light speed ball’ pitchers such as Moon Dong-ju, Kim Seo-hyun, and Ahn Woo-jin has become a new point of observation, and NPB star Sasaki’s record is once again lighting the fire.