The Algiers Berbers, in the Bull Oceanic Winter League (BOWL), produced a masterful outing with Nevada Speeders AA-level right-hander Kaoru Takeda on the mound, earning a complete game no-hitter that was just 3 walks away from a perfect game.
So far during winter ball, Takeda has been at the top of his game, going 3-0 with a 1.36 ERA, holding batters to a .241 BABIP and 0.88 WHIP. He has not allowed a home run since 2016.
This latest game marks the latest high water mark for the 26-year-old, who at one time had bounced around the minors moving from team to team but seems finally set to break into the majors with Nevada, either this year or next.
Algiers, which also pulls players from Battle Creek, has been on fire so far in this winter baseball tournament, going 21-3, and looking like a lock to go deep into the playoffs. Aside from Takeda, two other starters are undefeated. And, despite being lethargic on the bases, with just 6 steals in 24 games, they are tops in run scoring, hits and doubles.
But pitching is where the team excels and will continue to do so with arms like Takeda through the starting five.