Hisashi Iwakuma Wants To Join MLB

It seems that Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma wants to try and head to MLB via posting after the season, according to Jason Coskrey of the Japan Times (via Twitter).  According to Patrick Newman in a piece for Fangraphs, the Rakuten Eagles standout is the second best MLB pitching prospect in NPB.

The 29-year-old right-hander is described by Newman as a "fairly standard fastball/slider/forkball" pitcher who can reach 95 mph on the gun but typically stays around 90-91 mph.  Iwakuma has a rather lanky frame, standing at 6"3' and weighing just 170 pounds.

While Rakuten won't be eager to part with their star hurler, he is set to be eligible for international free agency after 2011.  Newman tells MLBTR that the club may find it more palatable to cash in on him rather than lose him for nothing.


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