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The Next Japanese Ace?

June 20, 2007 | By RotoRob | comment on this post

Looking for the next big thing to come out of the land of the rising sun? Thanks to Tim McLeod for turning us on to Yuki Saito, a Japanese college pitcher who, while considered a long-term project, is someone whose name will be popping up very frequently over the next several years.

On Sunday, Saito gave up just one run over 5 2/3 innings to lead Waseda University to its first national collegiate championship in over 30 years. He scattered seven hits and fanned six while starting for the second time in as many days.

For his efforts, Saito was named tournament MVP, becoming the first freshman to ever take home the honours. Saito first gained prominence last year when he propelled Waseda Jitsugyo to a national high school championship.

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