Female professional knuckleballer Eri Yoshida, who played this season in the independent league with the Kobe 9 Cruise, said on her blog Tuesday she will participate in the Arizona Winter League starting in January.
''After much consideration and feeling this allure to play, I made a decision to participate with the hope of pursuing a new challenge and gaining actual experience,'' Yoshida said on her blog.
The 17-year-old Yoshida went 0-2 in 11 games for the Kobe club while taking home study courses for a high school diploma.
Players who take part in the Arizona Winter League usually aim to get pro contracts in the major leagues or independent leagues in North America. The short-season instructional, in which about 20 games are played, runs from the end of January until March.
Yoshida, who is the first ever Japanese female pro baseball player, left the financially troubled Kansai Independent League after one season in October.
The Kanagawa native said she is undecided on what she will do after completing the Arizona Winter League.