Tanaka, Balentien earn MVP honors

Top awards: Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (left) and Tokyo Yakult Swallows slugger Wladimir Balentien receive Pacific League and Central League MVP honors, respectively, on Tuesday. | KYODO

Via Tanaka, Balentien earn MVP honors

We did an analysis on Masahiro Tanaka and Japanese pitchers transferring into MLB.  We also covered how few Japanese batters make it in the MLB here.  Since Tanaka has been covered here I’ll paste Balentien’s career numbers since he just won MVP honors.

Wladimir Balentien

Year WAA BA/IP OBP/ERA PA/G RBI/W R/L Name_Tm BAT/PITCH
2007 2.6 0.291 0.362 544 84 77 Wladimir_Balentien_Tacoma_Rainiers_SEA_pcl BAT
2007 0.4 0.667 0.500 4 4 1 Wladimir_Balentien_SEA BAT
2008 3.6 0.266 0.354 275 55 49 Wladimir_Balentien_Tacoma_Rainiers_SEA_pcl BAT
2008 -1.6 0.202 0.250 260 24 23 Wladimir_Balentien_SEA BAT
2009 -1.1 0.213 0.271 170 13 18 Wladimir_Balentien_SEA BAT
2009 -0.7 0.264 0.352 125 11 12 Wladimir_Balentien_CIN BAT
2010 5.0 0.282 0.337 452 78 71 Wladimir_Balentien_Louisville_Bats_CIN_int BAT
2011 5.1 0.228 0.314 555 76 63 Wladimir_Balentien_Yakult_Swallows_XYZ_jcl BAT
2012 7.7 0.272 0.386 422 81 58 Wladimir_Balentien_Yakult_Swallows_XYZ_jcl BAT
2013 11.4 0.341 0.464 461 114 83 Wladimir_Balentien_Yakult_Swallows_XYZ_jcl BAT

He didn’t do so well in MLB in 2008 and 2009. Perhaps another MLB team will roll the dice on him next season. An 11.4 WAA means he dominated his league in 2013.

Let’s take a look at the top ten players in both Japan Central and Japan Pacific Leagues according to this data model for 2013.

Top Ten Players in JCL and JPL for 2013

Rank WAA BA/IP OBP/ERA PA/G RBI/W R/L Name_Tm BAT/PITCH
1 12.1 212.0 1.27 28 24 0 Masahiro_Tanaka_Tohoku_Rakuten_Golden_Eagles_XYZ_jpl PITCH
2 11.4 0.341 0.464 461 114 83 Wladimir_Balentien_Yakult_Swallows_XYZ_jcl BAT
3 9.3 0.332 0.415 506 122 65 Tony_Blanco_Yokohama_Bay_Stars_XYZ_jcl BAT
4 7.6 182.1 1.88 23 11 8 Chihiro_Kaneko_Orix_Buffaloes_XYZ_jpl PITCH
5 7.3 0.301 0.429 473 85 77 Shinnosuke_Abe_Yomiuri_Giants_XYZ_jcl BAT
6 6.3 145.2 1.92 21 12 5 Kenta_Maeda_Hiroshima_Carp_XYZ_jcl PITCH
7 5.8 0.315 0.378 510 89 69 Hideto_Asamura_Saitama_Seibu_Lions_XYZ_jpl BAT
8 5.5 0.243 0.391 604 94 81 Andruw_Jones_Tohoku_Rakuten_Golden_Eagles_XYZ_jpl BAT