Former Chicago Whitesox pitcher, Leyson Septimo (レイソン・セプティモ), 30 years of age… just signed a one-year deal worth at an estimated annual salary of 10 million Yen with the NPB Central League team Chunichi Dragons, and will wear the jersey number 98, reported via team news article today… The Dominican born lefty appeared in 21 games playing for the Whitesox as a reliever back in year 2012, and hasn’t appeared in the big league since… One of his memorable outing happened in his first Major league debut after being called up from Triple-A, pitching in relief against the Yankees in June 29, 2012 as a 26 year old rookie, pitching a perfect 9th striking out both Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano in that game. Overall stats for Septimo playing for the Whitesox in that year, he compiled an ERA of 5.02 in 14.1 innings pitched, having a record of 0-2.
Armed with a 150kph fastball in his arsenal, Chunichi Dragons first year manager, Motonube Tanishige… is hoping to see Septimo achieve his full potential playing in Japan. Leyson Septimo, also, expressed great enthusiasm playing for his new found team overseas, as he said in a statement via second link in the first paragraph. (Note: A contract like this is more like a Ni-gun deal to say the least, Septimo will likely spend time in the minors first before getting called up.)
“(Pitching for spot in the roster) I will strive to work hard in any role for the team this year for us to to climb up to the top and win a championship for the city of Nagoya and to our fans.”
The Chunichi Dragons are currently standing at 4th place… and are 3 games back behind the Kyojin for 1st place in the Central League.