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Nippon Ham Fighters send Sugiya to bolster Bandits
The Brisbane Bandits are excited to announce the new signing of Kenshi Sugiya.
12/15/2017 5:48 PM ET
 

The Brisbane Bandits are excited to announce the new signing of Kenshi Sugiya. The switch-hitting infielder from Japan has played the last 7 years for the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters.

Sugiya is known for his speed and agility and relentless energy. A Tokyo native, Sugiya grew up playing in the baseball power house high school Teikyo HS. With 7 years' experience in the Japan Pacific League the Bandits believe that Sugiya will be a fantastic asset on and off the field. On the field Sugiya has played every position minus pitcher and catcher which will allow coach David Nilsson to utilise this versatile talent. Off the field the Bandits have had incredible success with Taiwanese imports and now look to engage Japan through the signing of Sugiya.

Sugiya was a member of the 2012 and 2016 Pacific League Champion teams, with the 2016 team going on to win the 2016 Japan Series NPB Championship. His best season to date was 2015 with Career Highs in Hits, RBIs, Batting Avg, Slugging and On Base percentage. Sugiya has often been used as a pinch runner late in games due to his ability to steal bases and play defence all over the field.

Recent trips to Hokkaido by CEO Mark Ready and Bandits Asian Affairs Specialist Adrian Lamb have secured a foot hold in Japan with more surprises to come.  

Ready commented, "We spent a lot of time in Japan this year working to secure strong relationships with Japanese baseball and now the flood gates are about to open. Together with our efforts in Taiwan we are seeing real interest in the ABL from baseball fans in Asia." Ready expects viewing numbers to increase with intensive media coverage in Japan.

We are excited to welcome Kenshi Sugiya to the Bandits and look forward to seeing him play in the New Years Eve series vs the Adelaide Bite starting on the 29th of December.

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.