It looks like Japan has produced another pitching phenom. Masahiro Tanaka of Sendai’s Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles was listed as a pitcher to watch for several MLB teams as early as last May and now that the regular season of Nippon Professional Baseball has come to a close it looks like Tanaka might be the real deal. The 24-year-old right-hander finished his 2013 regular season with a perfect 24-0 record and a 1.24 ERA the Yomiuri Shimbun reports. Tanaka’s unbeaten streak extends back to the 2012 season totaling 28 wins with three no decisions mixed in. Tanaka’s wins total is the most of any pitcher in Japanese baseball since 1978 and his 2013 campaign marks the first time the league leader in wins has also gone undefeated.
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