Indians sign BayStars reject to minor league deal

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TOKYO, Nov. 30 (22:06) Kyodo

The Cleveland Indians signed 21-year-old right-hander Kota
Kobayashi to a minor league deal Friday after he was released from
his developmental contract with the DeNA BayStars.

Kobayashi, taken by the BayStars out of high school in the 2009
developmental draft, has allowed 14 runs in 13 innings in three
Eastern League seasons. He took part in a postseason tryout for
players without contracts in Nippon Professional Baseball for 2013,
but attracted the attention of the Indians with his control and the
movement on his pitches.

It is expected that the 1.83-meter, 80-kilogram Kobayashi will
play winter ball in Puerto Rico before reporting to spring camp in

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