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Junichi Tazawa began his new season at a place he’s not familiar with.

On 2/25 in Taiwan, Junichi stepped to the mound for the first time as a member of Wei Chuan Dragons which is part of the Chinese Professional Baseball League in Taiwan. It was the first preseason game and he pitched at the top of the 5th inning with no score on the board. After giving up a double to the first hitter, he finished the day with 1K 1H of a scoreless inning. The last time Junichi pitched in Major League was back in the 2018 season as the Angels. After spending in minor leagues from the 2019-2020 season, he returned to Japan, but he had to enter the draft under NPB’s rule where he surprisingly did not get his name called. After spending the rest of the year in the Japanese amateur league, he signed a 1-year contract with the Wei Chuan Dragons. Junichi commented “It will be a challenge to take on a new stage, but I will not forget the feeling of gratitude to the team that prepared for further growth and gave me a place to play baseball, and I will throw my best to win” about joining the team.

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