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    Tim Shibuya

    RHP Beloit Snappers (born 9/14/1989)

    Year Team W L ERA G GS CG IP H R ER HR BB SO GO/AO AVG
    2011 Elizabethton 8 2 3.30 13 13 0 73.2 70 32 27 7 11 70 1.70 .249
    2012 Beloit 1 1 2.55 4 4 0 17.2 25 15 5 0 4 11 4.22 .305

    Tim Shibuya was selected by the Twins in the 23rd round of the 2011 draft out of UC, San Diego. By the end of his collegiate career, he held several notable school records (wins, strikeouts, and innings) and led some of the most successful teams in school history with two appearances in the DII College World Series. He was the first UCSD player drafted in eight years (followed 5 rounds later by teammate Guido Knudson by the Tigers). Tim graduated with a degree in Pharmacological Chemistry.

    He had an outstanding year for short-season Elizabethton last season and was named Appalachian League Pitcher of the Year. Notably, he pitched the first seven innings of a combined (with Garrett Jewell and Steven Gruver) no hitter against Greeneville. They just missed out on the perfecto due to two catchers interference calls and a Sano error.

    This year, Mr. Shibuya is pitching for Beloit and has endured some ups and downs through four games. It appears that he has been victim to some poor fielding--only 5 of the 15 runs surrendered have been earned. His most recent start was his best so far going 5.2 scoreless innings.

    It has been fun following Tim's career after leaving UCSD. I made it to a couple UCSD Triton games since moving to La Jolla, and I think Tim pitched one of them. He wrote an interesting blog about his first season of pro ball, and has contributed to this site this season. I wish him the best and hope he can delay needing to put that Pharmacological Chemistry degree to use!

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    Do you have an exact pronunciation of his last name? One can only hope it is "Sh - BOOYAH". I will continue to say it that way until I get corrected.

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    Hmmm, I've always pronounced it "shee-BOO-yah" without even thinking about it--I'm trying to remember if I'd heard it out loud from anyone except Seth. Also, here's a video of him in a Snappers excursion.

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    In Beloit it is pronounced as Shhh Boy yuh
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    April 29th Update:
    Shibuya's outing against the Dayton Dragons started fantastically, but ended with a no-decision. In the first 6 innings, he struck out ELEVEN batters, walked none, and allowed just two hits. The top of the seventh inning, however, went single, single, E-pickoff, RBI groundout, RBI single, [Tonkin relieves] single, double steal, RBI single, groundout, IBB, groundout. All three runs were earned and charged the Shibuya, but it seems it could have been worse. After letting the Dragons tie it up 3-3, the Beloit Snappers walked off on Adam Bryant's RBI single.

    Based on his impressive 22:4 K:BB ratio and worrisome 30 hits in 24 innings, he seems to fit a familiar mold for pitchers in the Twins system.

    From the box score
    Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
    Tim Shibuya 6.1 5 3 3 0 11 0 3.00
    Season totals:
    Team League W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO GO/AO AVG
    BEL MID 1 1 3.00 5 5 0 0 0 24.0 30 18 8 0 4 22 3.67 .280

    Update: Jeremy Nygaard provides 1st-hand raving review of Shibuya's start and mentions that TK and Jim Rantz were watching. Twins Fan From Afar named him pitcher of the day.
    Last edited by Mike in SD; 05-11-2012 at 11:54 PM. Reason: Added links to other mentions

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    His last name is pronounced sha-booyah... he lived with me one year while playing summer ball in green bay

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike in SD View Post
    RHP Beloit Snappers (born 9/14/1989)

    Year Team W L ERA G GS CG IP H R ER HR BB SO GO/AO AVG
    2011 Elizabethton 8 2 3.30 13 13 0 73.2 70 32 27 7 11 70 1.70 .249
    2012 Beloit 1 1 2.55 4 4 0 17.2 25 15 5 0 4 11 4.22 .305

    Tim Shibuya was selected by the Twins in the 23rd round of the 2011 draft out of UC, San Diego. By the end of his collegiate career, he held several notable school records (wins, strikeouts, and innings) and led some of the most successful teams in school history with two appearances in the DII College World Series. He was the first UCSD player drafted in eight years (followed 5 rounds later by teammate Guido Knudson by the Tigers). Tim graduated with a degree in Pharmacological Chemistry.

    He had an outstanding year for short-season Elizabethton last season and was named Appalachian League Pitcher of the Year. Notably, he pitched the first seven innings of a combined (with Garrett Jewell and Steven Gruver) no hitter against Greeneville. They just missed out on the perfecto due to two catchers interference calls and a Sano error.

    This year, Mr. Shibuya is pitching for Beloit and has endured some ups and downs through four games. It appears that he has been victim to some poor fielding--only 5 of the 15 runs surrendered have been earned. His most recent start was his best so far going 5.2 scoreless innings.

    It has been fun following Tim's career after leaving UCSD. I made it to a couple UCSD Triton games since moving to La Jolla, and I think Tim pitched one of them. He wrote an interesting blog about his first season of pro ball, and has contributed to this site this season. I wish him the best and hope he can delay needing to put that Pharmacological Chemistry degree to use!

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    yes it is pronounced sha-booyah

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    Tim Shibuya has had two straight decent starts that resulted in no-decisions.

    Against Kane County on May 5th, he was relieved after a long bottom of the 6th when the Snappers took a 4-3 lead. To that point, he gave up just a single and 2 home runs, working around one walk, one hit batsman and 2 of the 3 base runners that reached on errors. (The third error preceded the first of the HRs making only 2 of the 3 runs earned.) He struck out six. The Snappers eventually lost 7-4.

    Against Peoria on May 10th, Shibuya lasted just 5 innings scattering four hits, two walks, a hit batsman, and two errors. He gave up 2 runs (one earned). He struck out just two and walked a season-high-matching two batters after posting an impressive 28:5 K:BB ratio coming into the game. The Snappers retook the lead and held on to win 6-5

    Date OPP W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO GO/AO AVG
    May 05 KC 0 0 3.00 1 1 0 0 0 6.0 3 3 2 2 1 6 2.25 .136
    May 10 @PEO 0 0 1.80 1 1 0 0 0 5.0 4 2 1 0 2 2 1.50 .190
    Totals 1 1 2.83 7 7 0 0 0 35.0 37 23 11 2 7 30 2.82 .247

    His next start is likely Tuesday, but I am really looking forward to listening to streaming audio of his next two which are lined up for weekend games.
    Last edited by Mike in SD; 05-11-2012 at 11:53 PM. Reason: make table heading legible

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike in SD View Post
    Tim Shibuya has had two straight decent starts that resulted in no-decisions.

    Against Kane County on May 5th, he was relieved after a long bottom of the 6th when the Snappers took a 4-3 lead. To that point, he gave up just a single and 2 home runs, working around one walk, one hit batsman and 2 of the 3 base runners that reached on errors. (The third error preceded the first of the HRs making only 2 of the 3 runs earned.) He struck out six. The Snappers eventually lost 7-4.

    Against Peoria on May 10th, Shibuya lasted just 5 innings scattering four hits, two walks, a hit batsman, and two errors. He gave up 2 runs (one earned). He struck out just two and walked a season-high-matching two batters after posting an impressive 28:5 K:BB ratio coming into the game. The Snappers retook the lead and held on to win 6-5

    Date OPP W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO GO/AO AVG
    May 05 KC 3.00 1 1 6.0 3 3 2 2 1 6 2.25 .136
    May 10 @PEO 1.80 1 1 5.0 4 2 1 2 2 1.50 .190
    Totals 1 1 2.83 7 7 35.0 37 23 11 2 7 30 2.82 .247

    His next start is likely Tuesday, but I am really looking forward to listening to streaming audio of his next two which are lined up for weekend games.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shibuyafan View Post
    yes it is pronounced sha-booyah
    His stock just went up even more in my book. And was that summer ball in the Northwoods League?

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    It is interesting (in a good way) that his stat projections in Beloit are pretty much the same as in E-Town last year (few more walks this year).

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    In the words of the Clinton play by play guy, "Shibuya is absolutely dealing tonight!" 3 hits, 0 runs, 8 Ks, 0 BB through 8 innings. Still a scoreless game with Clinton's Shipers scattering 6 Snapper hits through 7.

    Does anyone know if the Beloit audio is available? When I click on the http://www.espn1380.com listen live button, it sends me to http://espn.go.com/espnradio/.
    Last edited by Mike in SD; 05-15-2012 at 08:40 PM.

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    Shibuya sealed it with a CGSO only 3 hits and 9 SO, this kid seems to just keep getting better and better

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    I know its kinda hard to compare because of lack of data but it makes my kind of excited to think about it... but Shibuya's projections are actually similar to Bert Blylevens at this point

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    Quote Originally Posted by asmus_ndsu View Post
    I know its kinda hard to compare because of lack of data but it makes my kind of excited to think about it... but Shibuya's projections are actually similar to Bert Blylevens at this point
    Please explain.

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    May 15th Update: Complete-Game Shutout!
    Tim Shibuya pitched a complete-game shutout, scattering just three hits. He struck out nine (walking none) earning raves from the visiting Clinton radio play by play guy who mentioned awkward third-strike swings at breaking balls that ended up in the opposing batter's box. The game ended when Tim Shibuya himself scrambled and caught a popup in foul territory. Cody Christie named him the Pitcher of the Day and pointed out that only one LumberKing made it as far as second base all evening.

    LumberKing starter Jordan Shipers matched Shibuya through seven scoreless, but the Snappers scored the only run of the game in the bottom of the 8th when a LumberKing reliever walked two and yielded an RBI single to JD Williams. Neither team committed an error. This wrapped up a 4-game sweep in Beloit that gave the Snappers sole possession of first in the Midwest League's Western Division.

    Date OPP W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO GO/AO AVG
    May 15 CLI 1 0 0.00 1 1 1 1 0 9.0 3 0 0 0 0 9 1.43 .103
    Totals 2 1 2.25 8 8 1 1 0 44.0 40 23 11 2 7 39 2.48 .223

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    Last edited by Mike in SD; 05-16-2012 at 03:04 AM.

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    Check out the Twins Minor League Weekly Podcast for 5/17 for a nice 20 minute interview with Tim Shibuya by Seth Stohs!

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    It was a rough evening for Tim Shibuya and the Beloit Snappers. After pitching a complete game shutout last time out, Shibuya lasted just four and a third yielding eight runs (seven earned) on nine hits, one walk, and two hit batters. In the end, the Snappers were shut out 12-0 and almost managed as many errors (4) as hits (5).


    Date OPP W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO GO/AO AVG
    May 20 @BUR 0 1 14.54 1 1 0 0 0 4.1 9 8 7 0 1 3 1.00 .450
    Totals 2 2 3.35 9 9 1 1 0 48.1 49 31 18 2 8 42 2.30 .246

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    Mr. Shibuya had a 'disaster start' tonight giving up 12 runs (all earned) on 10 hits, a walk, and a hit batter. He only recorded two outs, both by strike outs.

    Date OPP W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO GO/AO AVG
    May 25 CR 0 0 1.80 1 1 0 0 0 5.0 6 3 1 1 2 3 3.00 .286
    May 30 @QC 0 1 162.00 1 1 0 0 0 0.2 10 12 12 1 1 2 - .833
    Totals 2 3 5.17 11 11 1 1 0 54.0 65 46 31 4 11 47 2.21 .280

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    It appears the Snappers are giving Mr. Shibuya a breather after his latest shaky start back on June 4th. He was skipped this time through the rotation, but I haven't heard any mention of his status going forward. Does anyone know anything?

    Date OPP W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO GO/AO AVG
    Jun 04 WIS 0 1 17.18 1 1 0 0 0 3.2 6 7 7 1 3 3 1.33 .375
    Totals 2 4 5.93 12 12 1 1 0 57.2 71 53 38 5 14 46 2.28 .286

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