I did a post for Yabuta back in 2007 when he signed with the Royals so I won't be showing too many cards here.
He was a second round draft pick of the Marines in the 1996 draft. His rookie card was #501 from the 1996 BBM set. He also has a card in the Takara Marines set from 1996. His first Calbee card was not until 2006 (#006).
Yabuta spent much of the first eight years of his career as a starter (when he wasn't injured or in the minors). He switch to the bullpen pretty much full time in 2004 and had a lot more success that way. He appears to have mostly pitched in middle relief before he left for the US for the 2008 season. After two seasons with the Royals, he returned to the Marines. He was back in middle relief in 2010 but became Lotte's closer in 2011 and 2012. I'm not entirely sure what happened to him this year but he didn't make any appearances at the ichi-gun level. I suspect that he was injured all year.
|2000 BBM #554|
|2007 Calbee #247|
|2013 BBM 1st Version #279|
Yabuta made two All Star teams (in 2005 and 2007) and played in two Nippon Series (2005 & 2010). He only lead the league in a category that BBM cares about once, in 2007 (Hold Points).
|2008 BBM 1st Version #458|
|2010 BBM Nippon Series #S12|