After the whole rotation left the club after the transition period last year, De Glaskoning Twins had to look for new starting pitchers. They found them traditionally in Japan but also in Australia. But next two pitchers the club made some surprising acquisitions to complete their roster.
The pitcher from Japan is Yuto Onodera. The pitcher from Down Under is Nick Veale, who pitched with the Perth Heat in the past four seasons. Next to these two pitchers, Twins acquired Jason Halman as a catcher and Danny Rombley as the new bench coach.
According to insiders, Yuto Onodera is even better than Shogo Nakashima, who was a solid pitcher for Twins last year. Onodera doesn’t have a lights out fastball (85-87 mph) but he can throw a curve, a four-seamer, a two-seamer, and a change up. Yuto had just graduated from University. His stats last year in his fall league 2018:
He pitched 7 games 3wins 2 losses, 36innings 32Strikeouts 2.48 ERA. Also, he pitched No-hit, No-runs and he was the league’s pick as the Best pitcher in his Sendai 6 University league
Here you get an impression Onodera’s stuff:
Nick Veale posted a 4.10 ERA with the Perth Heat in 11 starts as he won 4 and lost 1. His ERA was the best in his career so far. His WHIP of 1.42 may be on the high side but on the other hand, he kept his opponents to a batting average of .229. He had a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 1.52 (35/23).
Jason Halman comes back after a long absence. The last time he played baseball was in 2011 when he played 42 games and posted a batting average of .333 with 20 doubles and a home run, 32 RBI and 23 walks. He will serve as catcher and is also capable to play in the outfield.
The fourth addition of De Glaskoning Twins is Danny Rombley. Rombley will serve in the role of bench coach. The addition may come as a big surprise as Danny called it a career right before the start of the 2018 season.