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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:49 am 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2019 4:49 pm 
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It’s Not THAT Bad
April 24, 2028
Toyama Wind Dancers Blog

We are three weeks into the 2028 season and the Wind Dancers sit at the bottom of the Rising Sun with a 7-13 record. Despite the harrowing record, Toyama hasn’t played THAT bad in their current situation. Three players coming off of long-term injuries, the team’s closer going down for the year, and a transition of talent already set low expectations for 2028. While the poor record can be blinding, it’s important to look at the entirety of the organization and the individual play.

The Story so Far

The 2028 season has down exactly how you would expect looking at the schedule. Winning series against Kalamazoo & Canton while dropping a few against Shin Seiki, Palm Springs, Okinawa, and Duluth. Upcoming games against Yuma and Bakersfield will round out April, both opportunities to grab a few more wins. Toyama has stood out across the league in a few facets of play, including being ranked 1st within the SL in Bullpen ERA (1.56) and Stolen Bases (30).

The Standouts

LF Ramiro Salinas
“Footloose” has taken his 2nd season by storm and is doing so all across the board. The 25-year-old is hitting .313 with 4 HR’s, 8 RBI’s, and 7 multi-hit games in April while batting in the #2 spot. Along with his success at the plate, Salinas has also provided 7 SB’s and a whopping 44 Total Bases (4th in the SL). As one of the future faces of Toyama, Salinas is quickly becoming a fan favorite.

1B Dwight Carver
Driving in runs was a big issue in 2027 but Carver has been a stop-gap to that problem this season. Despite only hitting .224, Carver has 5 HR’s and 16 RBI’s making the biggest run producer on the team. His 5 doubles and 37 total bases have made his inconsistent ability at the plate worth it so far. With a front 3 of Juarez, Salinas, and Ishikawa, Carver has played perfectly into his clean-up role.

RP Kyuso Yoshida
After CL Dan Ross went down for the season with an injury, Yoshida has very much filled the role of consistent closer. Despite not earning a save yet, Yoshida has a solid 1.42 ERA and is currently averaging 1.9 BB/9, 9.9 K/9, and has yet to give up a home run in 6.1 innings of relief. Yoshida leads an overperforming bullpen that has provided some much-needed stress relief in late innings.

On the Farm

AAA Yokohama Plumbers
The Plumbers saw an influx of veteran talent join this offseason as Toyama looked to beef up their depth in case of injury. In the tough RML Pacific division, Yokohama has started a bit flat going 10-9 in the first few weeks of the season. SP John Gillard leads the way with a 0.33 ERA across four starts, which equates to 1 run in 27.1 innings. RF Nakazo Oka, formerly of Neo-Tokyo, has flashed in veteran status hitting .280 with 5 doubles. Oka has also been busy on the base paths swiping 6 bases having not been caught yet.

AA Beppu City
In the resort city of Beppu, the Pandas have hit the ground running leading the league with a 15-4 record. 2B Bernardo Alvarado (#78 prospect) picked up where he left off last year with a .365 OBP and 3 SB’s on the season. Starting pitchers Silvio Bolt, Daichi Chishu, and Tadanobu Yamasaki have a combined 13 runs allowed across 76.5 innings resulting in the lowest ERA and runs allowed in the league.

A Takaoka
The Shiko started their season this past week going 4-2. 1B Francisco Alejandrez hit .421/.542 while SP Tsurayuki Harada threw 8 scoreless innings in his Single-A debut.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2019 7:30 pm 
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Courage, Wind Dancers faithful! Root for “Footlose” and lose your blues!*




*Gratuitous ‘80s reference.

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