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If you look closely to the Red Sox pitching staff you could find one hidden gem, without much fanfare.
26 year old Junichi Tazawa is now three years removed from Tommy John surgery, and maybe he is the ace the Sox have been searching for.
Back in 2007 Craig Shipley and Jon Dibble of the Red Sox were the first scouts to see Tazawa in an industrial league in Japan. One game they saw him strike out 19 with no walks and throwing 95 consistently. Boston signed the 22 year old Tazawa in the fall of 2008. http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3736390
and less than a year later, at age 23, he was starting in Fenway.
Tazawa missed all of 2010 following surgery, and when he came back in 2011 his fastball was at 89-91.
In 2012 his velocity jumped up to 96-97, with a great split and slider.
Tazawa only pitched 44 innings in 2012 in Boston with 45 strikeouts. In Pawtucket last season he hurled 42.1 innings with 56 strikeouts. 91 strikeouts for 2012.
The Red Sox probably feel pressure to...
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