The 2022-23 season of the Australian Baseball League kicked off this past weekend and for the first time in three years a couple NPB teams have sent players down under for some more experience. The Baystars have sent pitchers Taisei Irie and Ryosuke Miyaguni to the Canberra Cavalry while the Hawks have sent pitcher Kyuta Kazama to the Melbourne Aces.
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There are two other Japanese players on ABL rosters - Kamu Tschida of Auckland and Ichige Takamune of Sydney. Neither of them appear to have ever played in NPB - I suspect they are both from the corporate leagues.
I've not gone through the Geelong-Korea roster to see how many players on the team have KBO experience but I do want to mention that the team's manager, Lee Byung-kyu, played for the Chunichi Dragons from 2007 to 2009.
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The Hawks and Baystars have also sent some players to play in a couple winter leagues in the Western Hemisphere. Softbank sent four players to Puerto Rico to play for the Gigantes de Carolina - Shunsuke Kasaya, Carter Stewart, Richard Sunagawa and Sota Tanoue.
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The Baystars dispatched Taiki Sekine to play for Yaquis de Obregon of the Mexican Pacific League.
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I've found that the @WinterLeagueJP
twitter account has been very helpful in tracking how players are doing in the various leagues. It's worth checking out in the limited amount of time that Twitter has left.
11/15/22 UPDATE - Steve Smith let me know on Twitter that the Hawks sent an additional pitcher to Melbourne who is not on the active roster yet - ikusei pitcher Mizuki Miura:
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