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Hiroyuki Kobayashi | Relief Pitcher

Team: Los Angeles Angels
Age / DOB:  (36) / 6/4/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 174
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Angels released RHP Hiroyuki Kobayashi.
The Angels signed Kobayashi to a minor league contract in late January but apparently weren't very impressed with him this spring in camp. The 34-year-old right-hander posted a 3.00 ERA and 45/19 K/BB ratio over 39 innings in 2011 for the Hanshin Tigers of Japan's Central League. He did not pitch in 2012. Mon, Mar 4, 2013 12:36:00 PM

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Angels signed RHP Hiroyuki Kobayashi to a minor league contract.

The deal is expected to include an invitation to spring training. Kobayashi, 34, posted a 3.00 ERA and 45/19 K/BB ratio over 39 innings in 2011 for the Hanshin Tigers of Japan's Central League but did not appear in a game last year. He's put up a 3.65 ERA and 493/151 K/BB ratio over 543 innings during his career in Japan.
Thu, Jan 31, 2013 07:45:00 PM

The Los Angeles Times' Mike DiGiovanna reports that the Angels are nearing a minor league deal with Japanese reliever Hiroyuki Kobayashi.

The deal presumably would include an invitation to spring training. Kobayashi, 34, posted a 3.00 ERA and 45/19 K/BB ratio over 39 innings in 2011 for the Hanshin Tigers of Japan's Central League but did not appear in a game last year.
Thu, Jan 31, 2013 07:29:00 PM

Updating an earlier item, D-backs GM Kevin Towers has denied his team is planning to make an offer to Japanese right-hander Hiroyuki Kobayashi.

Sponichi, a Japanese website, reported that the D-backs had a two-year, $3 million offer ready for Kobayashi. It doesn't necessarily mean Arizona isn't interested in the right-hander, only that they just aren't prepared to make an offer just yet.
Fri, Nov 19, 2010 09:11:00 PM

Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker reports that the D-backs have a two-year, $3 million offer on the table for Japanese right-hander Hiroyuki Kobayashi.

Kobayashi posted a 2.21 ERA, 29 saves and a 53/14 K/BB ratio over 61 relief innings with the Chiba Lotte Marines this past season. He's also worked as a starter in Japan but would presumably be used as a reliever with Arizona or whatever major league team might sign him.
Fri, Nov 19, 2010 08:22:00 PM

According to Jason Coskrey of the Japan Times, Japanese right-hander Hiroyuki Kobayashi plans to pitch in the major leagues next season.

Kobayashi will be a free agent this winter, so he will not have to go through the posting process. The 32-year-old right-hander has a 3.54 ERA over parts of 11 seasons in Japan. Formerly a starter, he made the transition to the bullpen with the Chiba Lotte Marines this season, posting a 2.21 ERA, 29 saves and a 53/14 K/BB ratio over 61 innings. We're guessing he would be a reliever stateside, as well.
Wed, Nov 10, 2010 09:56:00 AM

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