Shunsuke Watanabe: Red Sox Sign Japanese Pitcher with Submarine Delivery and 70 mph Fastball

By Mike Cardillo

Shunsuke Watanabe is the latest edition to the World Series champion Boston Red Sox pitching staff. The 37-year-old Japanese righty only received a minor league deal. If he makes the team he’ll join countryman — and postseason hero — Koji Uehara on the Sox staff.

Chances are, unless you were combing the transition wire you missed this signing. MLB Trade Rumors notes that Watanabe comes to America armed with a whopping 70-mph fastball, which makes Jamie Moyer probably look like Nolan Ryan in comparision. The 37-year-old Watanabe has posted a 3.65 ERA across 1,578 innings for the Chiba Lotte Marines with a paltry 4.8 K/9. (Shocker.)

How does Watanabe get away with it? He uses a deceptive submarine, sidearm delivery that would make even the late Dan Quisenberry blush.

Which opposing player is going to be the first guy to launch a tape measure shot off Watanabe in Spring Training? If we’re lucky the Red Sox film David Ortiz taking an at-bat off his new teammate.

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