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Dennis Sarfate doesn’t seem to be very complicated. Sarfate wears his heart on his sleeve and says what he feels. He works hard, he plays hard, he throws hard. The way he pitched during his first three NPB seasons was similarly without complexity; he threw a really good fastball and got really good results.

Sarfate is both harder to figure out and harder to hit these days. He’s added a few new wrinkles since joining the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks last year, and gone from a good, sometimes great, reliever, to one of NPB’s elite closers.

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