Takayuki Kishi

Takayuki Kishi
Kishi with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles
Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles – No. 11
Born: (1984-12-04) December 4, 1984
Bats: Right Throws: Right
NPB debut
March 30, 2007, for the Seibu Lions
NPB statistics
(through June 30, 2018)
Win–loss record 119-76
Earned run average 2.95
Strikeouts 1527
Career highlights and awards

Takayuki Kishi (Japanese: 岸 孝之, born December 4, 1984, in Taihaku-ku, Sendai, Japan) is a Japanese professional baseball player for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball. He was the 2008 Japan Series MVP.


Saitama Seibu Lions

In his first three seasons as a professional, Kishi has recorded at least 10 wins every season, thrown at least 2 complete games every season, and has multiple shutouts in two of his first three seasons. With an overhand delivery Kishi throws a four-seam fastball in high-80s (tops out at 93 mph), changeup, slider and a solid-average curveball around 70 mph.

2008 Japan Series

Kishi showed that even though he was young, he could handle the atmosphere of the Japan Series, and also demonstrated his rubber arm. His first appearance in the Series was when he started Game 4 at the Seibu Dome. The second-year pro dominated the heavily favored Yomiuri Giants for a complete-game shutout, striking out at least one batter every inning and throwing a whopping 147 pitches in the process. Kishi also became the second pitcher ever to have at least one strikeout every inning in a complete game effort. In an ironic twist, the first was former Giants pitcher Takashi Nishimoto in the 1981 Japan Series against the Nippon-Ham Fighters. Kishi also became the 12th pitcher to throw a complete-game shutout in his first career Japan Series start, with the last one before him being Shunsuke Watanabe in the 2005 Japan Series against the Hanshin Tigers.

In Game 6 two days later, Kishi was called upon again, this time to save the Lions' season. He replaced Lions starter Kazuyuki Hoashi and, on just two days rest, threw 91 pitches in 5 and 2/3 scoreless innings as Seibu rallied to force Game 7. Kishi got the win in relief and also set a new Series record for consecutive scoreless innings at 14 and 2/3.

Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles

He selected 2018 NPB All-Star game.[1]


  1. "マイナビオールスターゲーム2018 選手間投票結果". NPB.jp 日本野球機構 (in Japanese). July 3, 2018. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
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