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Full Name: Tomokazu Ohka Primary Position: P
Height/Weight: 6' 1"/180 First Game: July 19, 1999
Birthdate: March 18, 1976 MLB Experience: 8 years
Birthplace: Kyoto, Japan
Bat/Throw: Right/Right


Biography

Born on March 18, 1976 in Kyoto, Japan, Tomo Ohka (Tomokazu Ohka) played for the Boston Red Sox, Montreal Expos, Washington Nationals and Milwaukee Brewers over the course of his 8 year career. Ohka broke into the bigs on July 19, 1999 with the Boston Red Sox, and put up a 3.12 ERA in 69.1 innings pitched in 2000, his rookie year.

Most people believe that Tomo Ohka's best season was 2002, when he posted a 3.18 ERA, won 13 games and struck out 118 batters.

Coming to America

On November 20, 1998 Ohka was purchased by the Boston Red Sox from the Yokohama BayStars (Japan's Central League). Ohka's statistics in Japan were less than flattering, but his ability to control his pitches sparked the interest of the Red Sox.

Early success

In 1999, Ohka began his MLB career with the Red Sox' AA affiliate at that time, the Trenton Thunder. In 12 starts he went 8-0 with a 3.00 era. He was promoted to the AAA Pawtucket Red Sox where he had a 1.92 era and a 7-0 record. The parent club noted the success and on July 19, 1999 he made his major league debut. Ohka found himself in the minors again in 2000. With Pawtucket he went 9-6 in 19 starts with a 2.96 era, with 3 complete games, one being a perfect game. In both 1999 and 2000, The Red Sox named Ohka their minor league player of the year. Ohka was in the Futures game in 1999 and 2000 and in 2000 he was the AAA All Star game starting pitcher.

Ohka's Major League Path

During the middle of the 2001 Ohka was sent to Montreal for the veteran closer Ugueth Urbina. Ohka had a mildly successful run with the Expos. His most productive season came with the Expos in 2002, when he posted 13-8 with 118 strikeouts and a 3.18 ERA.

In June 2004, Ohka broke his right forearm when he was hit by a line drive off Carlos Beltran's bat in Kansas City. Ohka underwent major surgery and was out until mid-September. He finished 3-7 with a 3.40 ERA in 15 starts.

As the Expos moved to Washington, D.C. for the 2005 season, Ohka was part of a starting rotation that included Liván Hernández, Esteban Loaiza and Tony Armas, Jr.. Ohka was involved in an incident with Washington manager Frank Robinson. Ohka protested being removed from a game, a move which resulted in an undisclosed fine from the team.[1] This disagreement, along with an injury to Nationals second baseman Jose Vidro, was reason enough to deal Ohka. On June 10, 2005 the Nationals traded the righty to the Milwaukee Brewers for second baseman Junior Spivey. The trade is widely believed to have benefited the Brewers more because it allowed them to open the door for highly-touted second baseman Rickie Weeks and get a quality pitcher at almost no cost. In Tomo's first game with his new club on June 14, 2005, he threw a complete game shut out against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays during interleague play.

Ohka was the Brewers' fourth starting pitcher behind Ben Sheets, Doug Davis and Chris Capuano. However, on December 1, 2006, the Brewers declined to offer Ohka salary arbritration, making him a free agent.

On January 23, 2007, the right-hander reached a tentative agreement with the Toronto Blue Jays on a one year contract. The agreement was made official on January 25, 2007, and the contract was announced to be worth $1,500,000. Ohka can earn an additional $1,500,000 in incentives. Incentives are usually based upon innings pitched or game appearances.

On June 7, after compiling a 2-5 record in 10 starts, the Toronto Blue Jays designated Ohka for assignment and subsequently released him on June 18. On June 19, 2007 he signed a minor league contract with the St. Louis Cardinals. He was released by the Cardinals on July 3, 2007 after going 0-2 with a 6.87 ERA in 3 starts for their Triple A team, the Memphis Redbirds. Ohka then signed a minor league contract on July 13, 2007 with the Seattle Mariners.

In an eight-year career, Ohka has compiled a 48-57 record with 538 strikeouts and a 4.04 ERA in 943 innings.

Ohka has an average—and sometimes a shade above-- fastball, a decent curve, a slider and change-up, all of which can be effective when he is focused. Ohka's success lies in his ability to change speeds and location effectively, keeping the hitter off balance.

Milestone

Scouting Report

Statistics

Pitching Stats

Year Team G GS W L ERA K R ER CG SHO SV IP H HR BB IB WP HBP
1999 BOS A 8 2 1 2 6.23 8 12 9 0 0 0 13 21 2 6 0 0 0
2000 BOS A 13 12 3 6 3.12 40 25 24 0 0 0 69.1 70 7 26 0 3 2
2001 MON N 10 10 1 4 4.77 31 30 29 0 0 0 54.2 65 8 10 0 1 1
2001 BOS A 12 11 2 5 6.19 37 40 36 0 0 0 52.1 69 7 19 0 1 2
2001 Total 22 21 3 9 5.47 68 70 65 0 0 0 107 134 15 29 0 2 3
2002 MON N 32 31 13 8 3.18 118 83 68 2 0 0 192.2 194 19 45 7 2 7
2003 MON N 34 34 10 12 4.16 118 106 92 2 0 0 199 233 24 45 11 8 9
2004 MON N 15 15 3 7 3.40 38 40 32 0 0 0 84.2 98 11 20 1 3 1
2005 WAS N 10 9 4 3 3.33 17 23 20 0 0 0 54 44 6 27 1 3 1
2005 MIL N 22 20 7 6 4.35 81 65 61 1 1 0 126.1 145 16 28 4 5 2
2005 TOT N 32 29 11 9 4.04 98 88 81 1 1 0 180.1 189 22 55 5 8 3
2006 MIL N 18 18 4 5 4.82 50 58 52 0 0 0 97 98 12 35 1 4 5
2007 TOR N 10 10 2 5 5.79 21 39 36 0 0 0 56 68 10 22 1 2 0
Total NL 141 137 42 45 3.94 453 405 354 5 1 0 808.1 877 96 210 25 26 26
Total AL 43 35 8 18 4.96 106 116 105 0 0 0 190.2 228 26 73 1 6 4
Total 184 172 50 63 4.14 559 521 459 5 1 0 999 1105 122 283 26 32 30

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1999 BOS A P 8 2 13 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1.000
2000 BOS A P 13 12 69.1 8 7 1 1 0 0 7 5 1 .938
2001 MON N P 10 10 54.2 4 8 0 0 0 0 1 4 2 1.000
2001 BOS A P 12 11 52.1 8 3 1 2 0 1 8 2 0 .917
2001 Total P 22 21 107 12 11 1 2 0 1 9 6 2 .958
2002 MON N P 32 31 192.2 24 31 0 2 0 1 5 4 2 1.000
2003 MON N P 34 34 199 10 35 4 2 0 1 2 8 2 .918
2004 MON N P 15 15 84.2 4 11 1 3 0 1 1 2 1 .938
2005 WAS N P 10 9 54 1 9 1 0 0 1 1 3 0 .909
2005 MIL N P 22 20 126.1 7 18 0 2 0 0 4 2 2 1.000
2005 TOT N P 32 29 180.1 8 27 1 2 0 1 5 5 2 .972
2006 MIL N P 18 18 97 8 12 5 1 0 0 4 2 1 .800
2007 TOR A P 10 10 56 4 3 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .778
Total P 184 172 999 78 140 15 13 0 5 34 33 11 .936

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1999 BOS A 8 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2000 BOS A 13 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2001 MON N 10 15 1 3 0 1 .200 .200 .200 0 0 0 6 0 3 0 0 0
2001 BOS A 12 3 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
2001 Total 22 18 1 3 0 1 .167 .167 .167 0 0 0 8 0 3 0 0 0
2002 MON N 32 55 3 7 0 2 .127 .186 .145 1 0 4 28 0 8 0 0 0
2003 MON N 35 55 2 10 0 3 .182 .211 .182 0 0 2 10 0 8 0 0 1
2004 MON N 15 25 0 2 0 0 .080 .115 .080 0 0 1 8 0 0 1 0 0
2005 WAS N 11 16 1 4 0 0 .250 .250 .250 0 0 0 5 0 1 0 0 0
2005 MIL N 22 38 1 2 0 3 .053 .100 .053 0 0 2 20 0 2 0 0 0
2005 TOT N 33 54 2 6 0 3 .111 .143 .111 0 0 2 25 0 3 0 0 0
2006 MIL N 18 31 0 5 0 6 .161 .188 .194 1 0 1 15 0 3 0 0 0
2007 TOR A 10 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total NL 143 235 8 33 0 15 .140 .176 .149 2 0 10 92 0 25 1 0 1
Total AL 43 3 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
Total 186 238 8 33 0 15 .139 .173 .147 2 0 10 94 0 25 1 0 1

Transactions

  • Sold by Yokohama Bay Stars (Japan Central) to Boston Red Sox (November 20, 1998).
  • Traded by Boston Red Sox with Rich Rundles to Montreal Expos in exchange for Ugueth Urbina (July 31, 2001).
  • Traded by Washington Nationals to Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for Junior Spivey (June 10, 2005).
  • Granted free agency (October 30, 2006).

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