Padres 40-Man Roster Rankings: #19 Kazuhisa Makita

February 13, 2018

Background So I am usually one to use Fangraphs in order to research an individual player’s stats. With right-handed, submariner Kazuhisa Makita, that wasn’t an option, as the Japanese righty does not yet have a Fangraphs’ page at present. Rather than use a non-existent Fangraphs’ page, I turned to Baseball Reference. The 33-year-old Makita’s Japanese pitching career goes all the way back to 2011 when he first debuted with the…


What to Make of New Padre Kazuhisa Makita

January 10, 2018

  For baseball folks, Japanese right-hander and recent San Diego Padres’ signee Kazuhisa Makita presents something of an enigma. There’s his physical profile: just five-foot-ten and 181 pounds, both of which qualify as undersized by the standards of those who take major league mounds on a consistent basis (he stands a decent chance of being the smallest pitcher on the Padres’ roster come spring). There’s his mechanics: one of the…


Padres Making Moves to Boost Their Bullpen

January 6, 2018

The San Diego Padres have been slow to make moves during the offseason, but they have finally stirred the flames of the Hot Stove. Jeff Passan tweeted out that the Padres are the favorites to sign 33-year-old Japanese submarine pitcher Kazuhisa Makita and that a report from Japan states he is on his way to San Diego for a physical, while John Heyman tweets out that the Padres have resigned reliever Craig Stammen…