26 year old Junichi Tazawa is now three years removed from Tommy John surgery, and maybe he is the ace the Sox have been searching for.
Back in 2007 Craig Shipley and Jon Dibble of the Red Sox were the first scouts to see Tazawa in an industrial league in Japan. One game they saw him strike out 19 with no walks and throwing 95 consistently.
Boston signed the 22 year old Tazawa in the fall of 2008 and less than a year later, at age 23, he was starting in Fenway.
Tazawa missed all of 2010 following surgery, and when he came back in 2011 his fastball was at 89-91.
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