A very different look: Submariner Shunsuke Watanabe throws live batting practice

February 26, 2014 - 3:03 am

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- What happens when a champion stone-skipper is put on a pitcher's mound? Right-hander Shunsuke Watanabe offered a glimpse of an answer on Tuesday in Fort Myers. Watanabe, who is in minor league camp and competing for a role in the bullpen of Triple-A Pawtucket, represents something of a fascination given the extremity of his knuckles-scraping arm angle. The 37-year-old would appear to be a tremendously difficult read for right-handed hitters (though it's worth noting that switch-hitter Henry Ramos, in batting left-handed against Watanabe, crushed a ball). Here's a look: