By the middle of the 2005 season Kataoka had become the Lions starting second baseman, a position he would hold for the next six seasons. He lead the Pacific League in stolen bases from 2007 to 2010 and in hits in 2008. He was named to the Best 9 team in 2008 and was elected to the All Star team in 2008 and 2010. Injuries started taking their toll in 2011 - he missed time due to leg and shoulder injuries as well as a concussion - and he lost time in 2012 and 2013 as well due to wrist and knee injuries.
He left the Lions as a free agent after 2013 and signed with Yomiuri. He was the Giants' regular second baseman in 2014 and 2015 and played in over 100 games both seasons for the first time since 2010 but he didn't hit particularly well and he lost his starting job to Luis Cruz in 2016. Various injuries again cost him playing time the last two seasons and he spent all of 2017 with the farm team.
He played in one Nippon Series with the Lions in 2008 and played for Team Japan in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.
His first BBM cards were #2 from the 2005 Rookie Edition set (which I don't have) and #41 from the 2005 1st Version set. His first Calbee card was #019 in the 2006 set. He's also appeared in various sets from Konami, Bandai, Front Runner and Epoch.
|2005 BBM 1st Version #41|
|2008 BBM Nippon Series #S20|
|2009 BBM 1st Version #443|
|2009 Konami WBC Heroes #W09R103|
|2010 BBM All Stars #A52|
|2011 BBM Lions Classic #36|
|2012 Calbee #159|
|2014 BBM Classic #040|
|2015 Front Runner Giants Game Used Bat Edition #11|
|2017 BBM Giants #G44|