San Francisco Giants’ Minor Leaguer Mike Broadway Heading to Japan
Former San Francisco Giant and current Sacramento River Cat Mike Broadway is heading off to Japan to pitch for the Yokohama Bay Stars. He’s 29 this year, and he’s got the kind of stuff that makes him a great bet to succeed in Japan’s NPB.
Broadway got into 25 major league games for the Giants in 2015 and 2016. His 6.75 ERA was ugly, but he struck out 17 while walking only eight in 22.2 innings pitched. The Giants had originally signed him before the 2014 season, based on his stuff, kind of like the Giants’ decision to sign Erik Cordier only a month earlier that off-season.
Cordier went to Japan’s Orix Buffaloes this Spring and has bombed in NPB because he still can’t through enough strikes. Broadway can’t throw a 100 or 99 mph fastball like Cordier, but he has hit at least 96 mph at the MLB level and is much better at throwing strikes than Cordier.
Broadway didn’t pitch nearly as well this year in San Francisco or Sacramento as he did in 2015. Still, he was playing well enough that I think he’s got a reasonably good chance of succeeding in NPB. I will certainly be rooting for Broadway to succeed in Japan if only because he was born in Paducah, Kentucy, and I have a friend from college who lived there for the largest portion of his childhood.