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Postby Smee » Sun Mar 19, 2006 10:48 pm

Who is this guy? Obviously he's from the East(-ern hemisphere) but is he any good? Yahoo has him pretty high up on their rankings of catcher, better than Jorge. I know nothing about him and there's no stats on Yahoo.

Anyone got the goods? Any idea where he should be going in a draft?
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Postby Havok1517 » Sun Mar 19, 2006 10:51 pm

Kenji Jojima, C, Seattle Mariners
Not every hitter to come over from Japan has had success in MLB, but three of the last four big names to come to America—Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui, and Tadahito Iguchi—have proven to be very good players. There's always a chance that Jojima could be the next Kazuo Matsui, but his numbers in Japan suggest that he can hit around .275 with 10-15 homers. When other teams in your league are snatching up known mediocrities at catcher in the latter rounds, take a chance on Jojima.
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Postby Havok1517 » Sun Mar 19, 2006 10:52 pm

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Postby Smee » Sun Mar 19, 2006 10:55 pm

Harnessing the power of the interweb, i've found some of his stats:

He's a career .299 hitter in Japanese ball, the last 5 years he's hit over 20 HR each year. He peaked with 36 HR in 2004. During that same five year span, he's smacked in 100 ribbies once and 90 ribbies twice. He looks to be a solid option at catcher...better than VMART?

The man is 30 years old and this is his first year in MLB.

*edit- If looking at tables of numbers is your thing, Here you go
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Postby Havok1517 » Sun Mar 19, 2006 10:57 pm

no, I'd say he;s 8-10 on catcher depths.
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Postby Zito is God » Sun Mar 19, 2006 10:59 pm

Most have him ranked higher then myself. I can't see him comparing to proven talent like Varitek as some suggest.
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Postby AcidRock23 » Sun Mar 19, 2006 11:04 pm

I'm not sure I'd rank him quite that high given that every team in the AL West has beefed up their pitching quite a bit this year. There are some really good arms and Texas is the only park that's friendly for bats! I think having Ichiro to pal around with might make up for it a bit though and make him not totally tank.
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Postby Art Vandelay » Sun Mar 19, 2006 11:04 pm

Havok1517 wrote:Kenji Jojima, C, Seattle Mariners
Not every hitter to come over from Japan has had success in MLB, but three of the last four big names to come to America—Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui, and Tadahito Iguchi—have proven to be very good players. There's always a chance that Jojima could be the next Kazuo Matsui, but his numbers in Japan suggest that he can hit around .275 with 10-15 homers. When other teams in your league are snatching up known mediocrities at catcher in the latter rounds, take a chance on Jojima.


That advice makes no sense. They claim that his numbers "suggest that he can hit around .275 with 10-15 homers," then say to snatch him up when others take "known mediocrities." If they think those numbers are his cap, then why take a chance on a possible mediocrity rather than a known mediocrity? Seems contratictory. I don't have to worry about it though, he (along with every other catcher taken before the last round) will go earlier than I will pick him.
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Postby Ender » Sun Mar 19, 2006 11:10 pm


That advice makes no sense. They claim that his numbers "suggest that he can hit around .275 with 10-15 homers," then say to snatch him up when others take "known mediocrities." If they think those numbers are his cap, then why take a chance on a possible mediocrity rather than a known mediocrity? Seems contratictory. I don't have to worry about it though, he (along with every other catcher taken before the last round) will go earlier than I will pick him.


It makes perfect sense. Rather than taking someone you know is going to be mediocre you take him and hope his skills translate over to the majors better than expected. If he completely tanks you can still pick a mediocre catcher off the FA list. That is for a yahoo default league where catchers are useless though. If your league uses 2 C's I'd take the known guy over him.
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Postby j24jags » Sun Mar 19, 2006 11:18 pm

i think if you miss out on vmart, mauer, varitek, jorge, pudge, ramon hernandez, then its worth taking a risk on him over like the barrett barajas piazza lo duca molina group
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