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Full Name: So Taguchi Primary Position: OF,LF,CF,RF
Height/Weight: 5' 10"/163 First Game: June 10, 2002
Birthdate: July 2, 1969 MLB Experience: 5 years
Birthplace: Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
Bat/Throw: Right/Right


Biography

So Taguchi was born and raised in Nishinomiya, Hyogo, Japan. He graduated from Kwansei Gakuin University in his hometown, with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. He was a teammate of Ichiro Suzuki when the two played for the Orix BlueWave in the Pacific League of NPB. Although he was drafted by the BlueWave as an infielder, he was moved to the outfield because he was diagnosed with the yips, or throwing psychoneurosis, by a manager when he was a rookie. His transition to the outfield has made him an all-star.

He made his Major League debut on June 10, 2002 for the St. Louis Cardinals. In 2004, his rookie year, he hit .291 with 3 home runs and 25 RBI. Taguchi played for the St. Louis Cardinals for his entire 5 year career.

He was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals as a free agent in 2002 at the age of 33, a year in which he rose through the minor league system, playing for the New Haven Ravens and the Memphis Redbirds, compiling a .262 batting average, with 6 home runs and 51 runs batted in. He eventually earned his call-up on September 7, and recorded the first hit of his major league career in the second inning against the Chicago Cubs. Taguchi became the first Japanese-born player in Cardinal history.

Taguchi got another brief call-up in 2003, then got more playing time with the 2004 Cardinals, appearing in 109 games. He was included on the '04 Cardinals postseason roster, and appeared in two games of the 2004 World Series, which the Cardinals lost to the Boston Red Sox in a four-game sweep. In 2005, injuries to outfielders Larry Walker and Reggie Sanders opened up manager Tony LaRussa's lineup card, and Taguchi became an everyday player. He responded with his best season, batting .288 in 396 at-bats with eight home runs and fifty-three RBI, and contributing with his stellar defense at all three outfield positions as the Cardinals won 100 games and had the best record in the National League. He chose the number 99 because he originally wanted number 66 but couldn't have it so turned it upside down to become 99.

Most people believe that So Taguchi's best season was 2005, when he hit for a .288 average and knocked in 53 runs.

Scouting Report

Statistics

Career Highlights

  • National League Champion (2004, 2006 St. Louis Cardinals)
  • World Series Champion (2006 St. Louis Cardinals)

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
2002 STL N 19 15 4 6 0 2 .400 .471 .400 0 0 2 1 0 2 1 0 0
2003 STL N 43 54 9 14 3 13 .259 .310 .519 3 1 4 11 0 1 0 1 2
2004 STL N 109 179 26 52 3 25 .291 .337 .419 10 2 12 23 2 10 6 1 6
2005 STL N 143 396 45 114 8 53 .288 .322 .412 21 2 20 62 2 2 11 2 11
2006 STL N 134 316 46 84 2 31 .266 .335 .351 19 1 32 48 2 9 11 1 9
2007 STL N 130 307 48 89 3 30 .290 .350 .368 15 0 23 32 6 3 7 0 10
Total 578 1267 178 359 19 154 .283 .336 .391 68 6 93 177 12 27 36 5 38

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
2002 STL N OF 14 2 36.2 11 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .929
2002 STL N LF 8 0 11.2 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .750
2002 STL N CF 6 2 25 8 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2003 STL N OF 38 8 114.2 30 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2003 STL N LF 11 2 27.1 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2003 STL N CF 16 5 58.2 19 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2003 STL N 2B 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2003 STL N RF 13 1 28.2 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2004 STL N OF 103 36 445 99 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .980
2004 STL N RF 28 3 76.1 16 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2004 STL N LF 53 15 192 40 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .952
2004 STL N CF 31 18 176.2 43 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2005 STL N LF 52 27 280.1 50 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2005 STL N OF 131 90 873 183 5 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .989
2005 STL N CF 50 28 274 58 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2005 STL N RF 57 35 318.2 75 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .975
2006 STL N LF 70 35 361.2 87 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .989
2006 STL N DH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2006 STL N CF 59 35 353.1 90 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 .948
2006 STL N 2B 1 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2006 STL N OF 123 71 734.2 182 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 .969
2006 STL N RF 7 1 19.2 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2007 STL N OF 109 64 616 172 3 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 .983
2007 STL N CF 63 41 380.1 118 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .992
2007 STL N LF 41 21 212.1 49 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .962
2007 STL N RF 8 2 23.1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2007 STL N 2B 1 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500
Total CF 225 129 1268 336 7 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 .983
Total OF 518 271 2820 677 16 14 4 0 0 0 0 0 .980
Total DH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Total RF 113 42 466.2 106 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .982
Total 2B 3 0 6 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .750
Total LF 235 100 1085.1 235 5 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 .976

Transactions

  • Signed as a non-drafted free agent by St. Louis Cardinals (January 29, 2002).
  • Granted free agency (December 21, 2004).
  • Signed by St. Louis Cardinals (December 22, 2004).

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