A sixteen-year-old girl has been chosen in a amateur baseball draft in Japan.
OSAKA (Kyodo) High school student Eri Yoshida was drafted by an independent league team Sunday, opening the way for her to become the first woman to play professional baseball alongside male players in Japan.I always thought if a woman made professional baseball it would be as a Knuckleball pitcher. That was my specialty pitch when playing as a youth. A well thrown can drive batters crazy and doesn't require a great deal of velocity. Pitchers with a submarine motion are also difficult for many batters. The only disadvantage- Scouts and Baseball managers look for a good fastball and more conventional way of delivery. Lacking a good fastball, a baseball pitcher has a tougher climb to make it to the big leagues. Good luck Eri, I hope you make it one day.
The 16-year-old Yoshida, who attends Kawasaki Kita High School in Kanagawa Prefecture, was picked by the Kobe 9 Cruise in the seventh round of the amateur draft held by the teams joining the Kansai Independent League to be inaugurated next April.
With a side-armed knuckleball in her arsenal, Yoshida took part in a tryout held earlier this month and passed with flying colors.
The right-hander held male batters hitless for one inning in the final tryout and her successful outing helped her become one of the 33 players picked in the draft.