The Texas Rangers were very busy during the Trade Deadline. Specifically, they worked hard to revamp their struggling bullpen, and acquired relief studs like Mike Adams and Koji Uehara to bridge the gap. In a bullpen that’s now so deep, it’s easy to forget about arguably their most surprising, yet most dominant reliever–Yoshinori Tateyama.
Tateyama, a 35 year-old right-handed pitcher, has posted a 2.62 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, and 6.33 K/BB in 34.3 frames for the Rangers. The pitcher was a veteran Japanese hurler, who decided only recently to make the jump to the states. As a reliever for the Nippon Ham Fighters, Tateyama relied heavily on his immaculate control, owning a 2.00 BB/9 over his last four seasons. Not much has changed with Tateyama’s 2011 season in the Major Leagues. Continue reading