NPB’s Kodei Senga Throws No-Hitter

In a game that is going to get general managers throughout MLB pricking up their ears, NPB ace Kodei Senga threw a no-hitter today as his SoftBank Hawks beat the Chiba Lotte Marines 2-0.  Senga walked three and plunked a batter, while also striking out 12.  His fastball reportedly touched 98.8 mph.

Senga asked to be posted for MLB teams last off-season, but alas, he plays for one of NPB’s three rich teams, and the Hawks refused to post him.  Senga has been kind of up and down this season.  He is now 12-7 and his 205 strikeouts (in 160.1 IP) leads all NPB pitchers by more than 40.  However, his 2.92 ERA is only 6th best out of 13 qualifiers.  As in MLB, NPB starters aren’t going as deep into games as they did even a few years ago.

Senga has allowed only 120 hits, but he’s given up 17 dingers and 68 walks.  Still, he’s pretty clearly got MLB major league stuff, and he’ll get a big contract from an MLB team when he’s able to cross the wide Pacific, certainly more than the four-year $24M offer that would probably be the best the Hawks would offer him as a true free agent.  Senga is still only 26 years old this season.

If you haven’t already guessed, Senga is at this moment the top NPB pitching prospect for MLB.

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