Yasutsugu Nishimoto was the starting shortstop for the AirHogs in 2012 and batted .280 in 92 games. He had five doubles to go along with 30 RBI.
The AirHogs’ fan favorite had an incredible series June 18-21 at Rockland when he went 10-for-17 in the four-game series to raise his batting average to a season-best .340.
Nishimoto hails from Hashimoto, Japan where he played for the Kochi Fighting Dogs in the Shikoku Island League from 2009-2011. Two years ago, Nishimoto batted .351 with 34 RBI.