With another month in the books, it is time to check-in on Japanese free agent-to-be Kosuke Fukudome. He looks to have settled in the 900+ OPS range with a strong OBP. His strikeouts seem high and that would concern me in the translation to the majors.
However, that is not a concern for others. Nate Silver of Baseball Prospectus answers a query in his last chat:
Nate Silver: I don't have the numbers in front of me, but IIRC, Fukudome had one of the highest EqAs in professional baseball last year -- any league, any country. His raw numbers were .351/.438/.653. Worst case, he's the next Hideki Matsui.
With the success of Akinori Iwamure in Tampa Bay and that of Silver's comp, Hideki Matsui, Fukudome is going to get a lot of positive hype. There has been nothing to dissuade me of that postion since I first started tracking him on Fake Teams in mid/late-March. If anything, the momentum is growing as more and more baseball fanatics become interested. Note this blurb in ESPN writer Jerry Crasnick's latest The Starting 9:
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