Des Moines, IA - The Pacific Coast League named LH Tsuyoshi Wada the Pitcher of the Week for the extended week of April 3-13. Wada becomes the first Cub to earn this honor since Chris Rusin did so for the week of May 7-13, 2012.
In his first week in the Chicago Cubs organization, Wada went 2-0 in starts against Nashville and Memphis. He allowed one earned run in 13.1 innings (0.68 ERA), walked one and struck out 18, throwing 132 of his 187 pitches for strikes (70.5 percent). His 10 strikeouts against the Redbirds on Saturday night matched his career-high.
Wada enters today ranking second in the PCL in ERA, third in strikeouts, second in WHIP (0.60) and second in batting average against (.149).
The left-hander signed a minor-league contract with the Cubs on January 24, after spending the last two seasons with the Baltimore Orioles. He suffered an elbow injury in his first spring training with the Orioles and made one start for triple-A Norfolk before undergoing “Tommy John” surgery on May 11, 2012. He returned from the disabled list last June and made 19 starts for Norfolk to finish the season. Prior to his time with Baltimore, Wada spent nine seasons pitching for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks in his native Japan. He went 107-61 with a 3.13 ERA, was a four-time Nippon Professional Baseball All-Star and won the NPB Most Valuable Player in 2010 after leading the league with 17 wins.