- Full name Daniel Ryuske Missaki
- Born 04/09/1996 in Fujinomiya, Japan
- Profile Ht.: 6'0" / Wt.: 170 / Bats: R / Throws: R
Organization Prospect Rankings
Missaki was the youngest player in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. He is Japanese-Brazilian and pitched for Brazil as a 16-year-old. In his first year of full-season ball for low Class A Clinton in 2015, Missaki was an excellent strike thrower early in the season who tossed seven no-hit innings in his fifth Midwest League start against Cedar Rapids, facing only one more than the minimum. His progress was stopped at midseason, however, with an elbow ligament tear after his sixth start that required Tommy John surgery to repair. Pre-injury, Missaki had no truly plus pitch but excelled thanks to the ability to locate four pitches in and just off the strike zone. He mixes an 87-91 mph fastball and a changeup, splitter and slider that projected as fringe average to average offerings. He also likes to cut his fastball to give hitters a different look. He should be healthy enough to get some time at a short-season affiliate in the second half of 2016, when he'll still just be 20.