The Tampa Bay Rays announced Yoshitomo Tutsugo as the newest member of the team on Tuesday. Here are a few notes from the press conference.
Yoshitomo Tsutsugo was officially announced as the newest member of the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on Tuesday. He put the jersey on over the shirt and tie and officially became a Ray. Here are a few quotes, para-phrasings, and notes from the presser today.
If you don’t have time to watch the entire press conference, Rays Colored Glasses has you covered with some key points from the event.
The full press conference can be seen here.
"“We fully expect for him to be a presence somewhere right in the middle of our lineup.”"
- Offensively, he thinks he’ll be able to contribute immediately and cited the Rays use of data and resources to help him prepare for Major League pitchers.
- What made him want to be a part of the Rays’ organization? Manager Kevin Cash and GM, Erik Neander took time to come and see him and Kevin’s passion showed how much the Rays wanted him here.
- The Rays have scouted Tsutsugo over the past couple of years. Neander says the assessment of his talent was solidified well before these past few weeks.
- He’s excited to be a part of the AL East with the great teams, he’s excited about the Rays’ use of data.
- He goes by “Yoshi.”
- He’s been coming to the U.S. to work out for the past six offseasons. He’s even spent time working with Nolan Arenado.
The remainder of the conference was conducted in Japanese.
It remains to be seen how he’ll adjust to Major League pitching, if he’ll be a platoon player, if he’ll be utilized in both the outfield and corner infield positions, or if he’ll primarily work as a DH.
Rays fans are excited about the talent Tsutsugo brings to St. Petersburg and the prospect of having a prodigious power hitter in the middle of the lineup with on-base skills to potentially replace Tommy Pham‘s production.
Will Tsutsugo live up to the ever-growing hype? What do you think about Tsutsugo’s signing? Let us know in the comments below!