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Miyuki Kazuya

Seidou High School - No. 2


Catcher
Bats: Left

Throws: Right

Kanji

Romanji

Miyuki Kazuya
Characteristics

Gender

Male

Age

17

Date of birth

17 November

Place of birth

Tokyo

Bloodtype

Height

179 cm (5' 10.5")

Weight

71 kg (156 lbs)
Status

Education

2nd Year High School

Skills

Clutch hitter
First Appearance

Manga

Chapter 1

Anime

Episode 1
Cast

Voice Actor

Takahiro Sakurai

We're not the King. We're the Challenger!

Miyuki[1]

Miyuki Kazuya is a second year student of Seidou High School and the captain of the baseball
team. He first appeared in the manga when Eijun Sawamura came to Seidou High on his junior high
year. He was already a noted catcher on his first year and nationally known for his skills. Miyuki was
scouted by Rei when he was still a first year on his Junior High.
Contents
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1.

Appearance

2.

Character

3.

History

4.

Plot
1.

5.

Training Camp
West Tokyo Tournament

1.

Preliminaries

2.

Quarter-finals

3.

Semi-finals

4.

Finals

5.

Aftermath

6.

Fall Tournament

7.

Spring Koshien

8.

Relationship with other Characters


1.

Eijun Sawamura

2.

Furuya Satoru

3.

Rei Takashima

4.

Kuramochi Youichi

5.

Narumiya Mei

6.

Kataoka Tesshin

9.

Skills
1.

Defense (battery)
1.

Framing

2.

Caught Stealing

3.

Fielding

2.

Offense

10.

Player Statistics

11.

Trivia

12.

Quotes

13.

Gallery

14.

References

15.

Navigation

Appearance

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Miyuki has medium length brown hair that he he styles messy and windswept. He has brown eyes,
and wears glasses. During games he wears contacts and goggles to protect them from debris.
He often wears his hat sideways. (As seen to the right.)
Miyuki is considered to be rather good-looking, often having a plethora of girls shouting his name
whenever he's at bat. Todoroki Raizou once referred to him as "The Pretty Boy Catcher."
His expression is almost always confident, even smug at times.

Character

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Miyuki enjoys getting into people's heads. Whether it being by outsmarting them on the diamond, or
just by getting under their skin, he is often seen laughing because of this. In contrast to his his
gadfly-ish attitude, he can be serious and forthright, not mincing words when pointing out what his
teammates should have done and can do better. He can also be surprisingly strict and is told he has
a nasty personality.

Despite all this, Miyuki is still well-liked by his teammates due to his reliability and cool head, making
him a valued player on Seidou's roster. He comes off as callous at times, opting to progress forward,
often ignoring personal sentiments and feelings, but in reality he wants what's best for the team, and
for his team to be the best. Miyuki is among the players who takes baseball seriously and takes
initiative in every situation that will benefit the team. His unorthodox methods has given him an edge
over other players, and his talent is frequently recognized.
After Chris' early retirement due to his shoulder injury, he became a first string member on his first
year and had been the primary catcher by his second year.
Miyuki is perceived as very sociable and friendly. He does not open up to people or talk about his
past with other people. In all actuality he is pretty closed off with himself. He is one of the few players
whose room is often flocked to by other members. He is Yuki's shogi playmate and Isashiki's former
massager. Kuramochi and other batchmates also frequently hang-out in his room along with
freshmen teammates Sawamura and Furuya. He looks up to Chris Yuu Takigawa, his senior who had
defeated him in middle school.[2]
After the third years retire, Miyuki is promoted to team captain, as recommended by Yuki. At first he
worries about not being able to measure up, but is slowly growing more confident in his role as the
story progress.

History

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Miyuki wants to be the catcher.

Miyuki's baseball career started early back in junior high. [3] He was the smallest member of their
junior high baseball club and volunteered to be the catcher. He is particularly attracted to the mitt as
it looked different from all the others.
He exhibited great prowess and talent which impressed his coach and wondered why he preferred
that position. Towards his teammates, Miyuki is open and frank to their performance making him
their source of irritation. Miyuki was harassed by his teammates, getting called names like psycho
and weird. He would often get beaten and battered by his teammates, but would still show up at
practice and smile. Later, he won over them.
He later faced Chris' team and lost flat-out. It was also that time he was recruited by Rei. [4] During
his Junior high years, he landed as part of the senior league together with some of Inashiro

Industrial's baseball members such as Mei Narumiya. He rejected Narumiya's offer to join Inashiro
and joined Seidou instead.

Plot

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When Sawamura Eijun ends up having a duel with Azuma Kiyokuni during Sawamura's first visit in
Seidou, Miyuki volunteers to catch for him. After testing the waters, he calls Sawamura his partner
and finds his moving fastball interesting.

Miyuki meets Sawamura again.

On the first day of Seidou's practice for the season, while new club members introduce themselves,
he arrives late and sees a hiding Sawamura who also is late. He scares him about not being
remembered by the coach then convinces the freshman of a plan to sneak into the line without
getting noticed. Sawamura does the plan, only to be used as a decoy so Miyuki himself could sneak
in the group. He gets punished by Kataoka for the act along with Sawamura, Kuramochi
and Masuko.
In the quarterfinals of the Spring Tournament, Miyuki hits a homerun off Manaka Kaname, ace
of Ichidaisan High and awes the audience with his prowess as catcher. He later informs Sawamura
of a scrimmage between the first, second and third years before Furuya joins them, and asks Miyuki
to be his catcher. Miyuki watch the scrimmage and later catch Furuya's pitch after Furuya makes it to
the first string. They form a battery at the Kant Tournament, where Furuya gets to show his awe
inducing fastballs. In Seidou's match against Teitou High, he tells Furuya to return to the dugout after
Furuya's finger bleeds due to the strength of his own pitches.Tanba replace Furuya and Miyuki notice
refinement in Tanba's pitching.
He goes to watch the second string match against Kokudoukan High upon hearing that Chris is the
catcher.

Miyuki escapes leaving Sawamura and Furuya to take care of the senpais.

Chris invites him to the bullpen to see Sawamura's pitch and is surprised with Sawamura's pitching
form. After the match, he hopes for Chris to make it to first string. Chris however, doesn't make the
cut. Miyuki makes his resolve to fight to the end and tells a crying Sawamura to become stronger for
Chris.

Training Camp

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At training camp, Sawamura and Furuya asks Miyuki to catch for them, each having their own
reasons. Miyuki thinks they're some egotists and invites them to his room. The first years arrive after
bathing and are surprised to find some of their senpais hang around in Miyuki's room. Miyuki tells the
pitchers that it's good to know more about their teammates, but actually uses them as escape goats.
He asks Sawamura to play shogi with Yuki in his place, and Furuya to massage Isashiki. He then
leaves the room to sleep in Maezono's room.
In Seidou's practice match with Osaka Kiryu,

Miyuki forms a battery with Sawamura again.

Miyuki fails to catch a pitch for the first time when Furuya accidentally throws a split-finger fastball
rather than a forkball. He proceeds to lead him while teaching the first year the importance of control,
impressing Chris.[5] Furuya gets subbed and Miyuki forms a battery with Sawamura. He leads him
effectively, and makes use of his potential.
On the final day of the training camp, a three way round robin is held between Seidou, Inashiro
Industrial and Shuhoku.[6] After Seidou's scrimmage with Inashiro Industrial, Sawamura have a
conversation with Narumiya and Haradaabout Furuya and (himself). Miyuki and Kuramochi steps in
however, before Sawamura could finish. Miyuki confirms to Narumiya that Furuya is not doing well
then asks Narumiya if he'll be pitching the following game, to which Narumiya says yes. Harada then
tells Narumiya they'll be leaving as he doesn't like Miyuki. As they leave, Miyuki tells Sawamura not
to miss Narumiya's pitching for he is their fated rival and if they can't take him down, they won't make
it to Nationals.
Miyuki with the team, watch Inashiro's scrimmage with Shuhoku and reminds the awed freshmen
pitchers to watch Inashiro's ace closely. Narumiya soon throws his change-up firing up Seidou.
Miyuki thinks that Narumiya probably threw the pitch to scare them but it only brought the opposite.
Tanba calls Miyuki saying they go warm up, surprising the latter. Tanba explains that Miyuki should
check out his condition at the bullpen so Miyuki will know how to call the plays. Miyuki leads Tanba in
the scrimmage against Shuhoku, efficiently using Tanba's curveball for the first half of the game. In
the dugout, Miyuki tells Tanba of his plan to utilize the forkball next and Tanba challenges Miyuki to
catch the pitch if he can. Accepting Tanba's challenge, Miyuki calls for the pitch right at the start of
the sixth inning. Miyuki catches the fork while thinking that the pitch is amazing. The game however,
abruptly ends after Tanba is hit by a deadball at-bat. [7]

In Tanba's absence, Miyuki helps the freshmen pitchers improve their fielding and ball control
together with Chris. He is seen catching pitches from Yuki and Isashiki after practice, understanding
Kataoka's intentions. The jersey numbers are soon given out and the West Tokyo tournament
begins.

West Tokyo Tournament


Preliminaries

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Seidou first face Maimon West where Miyuki leads Furuya then Sawamura. After defeating Murata
East in the third round of the tournament, Seidou watch Akikawa Academy and Tokamiyama's
match.

Miyuki isn't happy with Furuya taking a nap.

Miyuki tells Sawamura and Furuya to observe Akikawa's pitcher You Shunshin for he's got
something they don't have which is ball control. Akikawa eventually win and Seidou ready
themselves. At practice, Miyuki finds Furuya taking a nap. He irately tells Furuya to wake up adding
that he needs to pitch in the bullpen. Furuya says he'll be there in a while because it's hot. Miyuki
scolds him but realizes that Furuya is probably not used to the temperature as it is his first Summer
in Tokyo. He lets Furuya throw a few in the bullpen but quickly lets him rest.
A day before the match, Sawamura calls out Miyuki wanting the catcher to catch his new and
improved fastball. But Miyuki reminds him that he caught his pseudo-fastballs the day before. He
talks to Furuya saying that he pitch a few after the sun sets. He then checks on Sawamura in the
evening, who practice pitching with Kataoka standing on the batters box.
The following day, Seidou's match against Akikawa begin. Early in the game, Miyuki notice that the
batters aren't chocking their bats despite seeing Furuya pitch then realizes that Akikawa doesn't have
any intention of swinging. To help Furuya relax after pitching balls, Miyuki calls for a forkball. Despite
two outs, Shunshin hits Furuya's pitch resulting to RBI double. Furuya shuts out the following batters
but Miyuki notice the increasing temperature is affecting Furuya. Kataoka eventually calls for a
pitcher substitution but Furuya isn't willing to leave the mound. Miyuki frankly tells Furuya that he'll
just drag the team down pitching as he does now. Furuya hands over the ball to Sawamura and

leaves the mound. In leading Sawamura, Miyuki calls for an inside pitch to out the
batter.

"See you next year." Miyuki speaks with Yu Shunshin.

Bottom of the fourth, with one out, runners on second and third, Miyuki face Shunshin at-bat and hits
Shunshin's pitch by putting himself in the catchers shoes. Miyuki then thinks they'd make a great
battery. The scores are tied and Miyuki runs to home after a bunt but is out. He continue to lead
Sawamura and later Kawakami in closing the game. Seidou wins and makes it to the top 8. Miyuki
talks to Shunshin after the match saying he had fun playing against him. [8]
After that match, Miyuki and his teammates watch the game between Ichidaisan High School
and Yakushi High. He is surprised with the game's outcome, admitting to Chris that he's glad they
didn't face Yakushi first, otherwise they would've been the ones in trouble.

Quarter-finals

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In the quarter-finals, Seidou face Yakushi High to which they notice a change in Yakushi's batting
order, puttingTodoroki Raichi as their lead-off batter. Miyuki reminds Sawamura and Furuya to focus
on passing the baton on the next pitcher.

Miyuki change his strategy.

The game begins and Miyuki notice Yakushi's batters go after Furuya's high pitches. After Yakushi
score the first run early in the inning, Miyuki plan on utilizing Furuya's split-finger pitch but knows that
fastballs are still Furuya's best weapon. He reminds Furuya that he's got reliable senpais behind him,
and later, another one in front after he does a quick play that outs Yakushi's runner. Miyuki performed
poorly at-bat however, without any runners on base. He continue to lead Furuya, but focused more
on pitch control rather than power upon realizing a change in Yakushi's strategy.
Sawamura replace Furuya at Raichi's second at-bat. Miyuki gets angry at Sawamura after the
freshman disobeys his lead. After seeing that Sawamura come to his senses however, Miyuki leads
the pitcher again and eventually jams Raichi. On top of the sixth and Yakushi's third batting cycle,
Raichi hits a homerun off Sawamura and Miyuki apologize to Sawamura for the wrong lead.
Sawamura throws four balls after, prompting Kataoka to sub him out with Kawakami. Realizing that
Kawakami is somehow affected by Raichi's homerun hit, Miyuki decides to walk Raichi on top of the
eighth. Yakushi close in the score to only one run but Kataoka calls for another pitcher sub putting in

Tanba who doesn't let Yakushi tie the game. On top of the ninth, with two outs, a runner on first, and
Raichi at-bat, Tanba throws an easy pitch but Raichi fouls surprising Miyuki. Having quickly grasp the
situation, Miyuki then calls for a forkball to close out the game.

Semi-finals

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Miyuki with his batchmates.

Miyuki walks on the field with the other first string members early morning on the day of the semifinals. He asks Kawakami if he slept well then says that the team knows that he does his best to fulfill
his role. He sees Sawamura and Furuya run on the field with tires then tells them to leave the tires
behind. At breakfast, Miyuki is seen laughing with his teammates upon seeing Masuko's bald head.
In their match against Sensen Academy, Tanba is the starting pitcher for Seidou. Sensen focus on
hitting Tanba's weak fast balls, getting a point in the third inning. To avoid giving up additional runs,
Miyuki decide to shut the next batter with Tanba's breaking balls. On top of the fourth, with runners
on third and first for Seidou, Sensen intentionally walks Miyuki, loading the bases. Seidou however,
fails to score. On the bottom of the fifth, Miyuki notice Tanba is worn out due to not starting in games
for a long time. They however, manage to finish the inning without giving up runs. On top of the sixth,
Seidou ties the score at 1-1 and Sensen's battery once again walks Miyuki, loading the bases. He
reaches home-base after Haruichi's at-bat. Seidou get a three-point lead.
Sawamura replace Tanba on the mound but walks the first batter. After the second batter hits
Sawamura's pitch Miyuki calls for a time-out but Sawamura calls it off. He tells Miyuki that it's only
normal in baseball that pitches get hit. Seeing that the first year is fine, Miyuki returns to his position.
Sensen scores a run and Miyuki analyze the situation. He says to Sawamura on the mound that his
qualities as a pitcher are being tested in the situation they're in. Sawamura later yells that he'll be
focusing on the batters.
With Maki standing on the batters box, Miyuki want Sawamura to pitch low. Maki battles it out with
fouls and Miyuki sees Sawamura's determination, he calls for an inside pitch to strike Maki out.
After Seidou bag the win, he with the team watch Inashiro's match against Sakurazawa High where
he figures out

Miyuki talks to Narumiya's group.

Akira Nagao's pitch, as well as the reason behind Narumiya's aggressive pitching. After that match,
he accompanies Sawamura, Furuya and Haruichi to the toilet for the reason that the first years get
easily lost. While the freshmen gets in the toilet, he waits for them outside thinking of the upcoming
match ahead, and is seen by Narumiya and his group. Shirakawa asks him if he was able to gather
data which Miyuki replies that he got nothing from Narumiya's perfect pitching. Narumiya is flattered
but tells Miyuki that even without him, Inashiro is still the strongest team. As they leave, Shirakawa
tells Miyuki that he'll forever regret his decision of not joining them.[9]

Finals

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On the day of the finals, Miyuki reminds Furuya not to drink too much water as Furuya will feel
sluggish. Furuya nods, and Miyuki thinks Furuya is ready to go. He looks at Narumiya, who looks
back at him from Inashiro's dugout. At game time, Seidou quickly scores at the bottom of the first,
annoying Narumiya. When faced against Yuki however, Miyuki notice change in Narumiya's
expression. He sees that Narumiya had lost his cool after the run, thus, would be a great opportunity
to expand their lead, and Yuki is the one for the job at-bat. Narumiya throws a change-up and Yuki
prepares to swing. Miyuki realizes that Yuki has been waiting for the change-up, but Yuki miss.
Miyuki deduced that Narumiya's change-up not only messes with timing but also breaks like a
screwball. At Seidou's defense, Miyuki lead Furuya efficiently, striking Inashiro's batters out for three
consecutive innings. After the third, Miyuki tells Furuya to change his undershirt and is surprised
when Sawamura offers Furuya a drink, thinking that Sawamura is fighting with them in his own way.
At the bottom of the fourth and Carlos at-bat, Furuya throws two consecutive balls prompting Miyuki
to call for a time-out. He tells Furuya not to get misled by Carlos' batting stance and to not throw
using too much power. Inashiro scores however, taking the lead at 1-2. On top of the fifth, Miyuki
battles Narumiya with fouls but eventually strikes out.
Tanba steps on the mound at the bottom of the fifth, and Yamaoka scores a homerun right off him.
Seidou gather on the mound and Miyuki can only hope that it doesn't affect Tanba's performance. He
calls for a time out after Tanba walks Hirai with four balls. Chris thinks that Miyuki made the right
decision calling for a timeout to help Tanba regain his calm. Tanba however, throws
a

Miyuki signals Tanba to walk the batter.

deadball, walking the next batter. Miyuki looks on to the bench for the coaches sign. Seeing none, he
understands that Kataoka lets them handle the situation. The next batter bunts and Miyuki lets him in
order to out the runner going for third. He signals Tanba to have more courage then calls for a
fastball to the inside corner. Tanba outs Carlos but walks Shirakawa who fought with fouls. Despite

the bases loaded, Miyuki continue to ask for inside pitches then outs Yoshizawa with Tanba's
curveball. Tanba later suffers from a leg cramp and after assessing the situation, Miyuki signals
Tanba to walk the batter which is Harada. Miyuki asks for a time out and Kataoka calls for a pitcher
substitution.
Sawamura steps in and will face Narumiya, who feels underestimated. Miyuki reminds Sawamura to
pitch with spirit. Understanding Narumiya's personality, Miyuki calls for inside pitches to strike
Narumiya out angering him. Miyuki later commends Sawamura after he throws a cutter then pulls off
a double play at the bottom of the eighth. He says that it's the best pitch Sawamura has thrown so
far, pleasing Sawamura. On top of the ninth, Miyuki avoids Narumiya's breaking balls at-bat, deciding
to focus on the fastball. He hits running all the way to second. He advances to third after Furuya's atbat. He races to home after a bunt from Sawamura but is out. At Inashiro's offense, Sawamura gets
pressured by Carlos but he manages to out him. With only one out left, Shirakawa's at-bat,
Sawamura pitches harshly and hits Shirakawa on the head. While Shirakawa receive treatment,
Seidou's fielders gather on the mound and Miyuki notice Sawamura is deeply troubled. He turns to
Kataoka, signaling his coach for a pitcher substitution. Miyuki tells Sawamura he's done well, before
the latter leave the mound.
He leads Kawakami in facing-off Yoshizawa, which eventually ends in a walk. Harada's at-bat and
though Miyuki knows that the outside corners are best for a sidearm pitcher like Kawakami, he asks
for an

Miyuki in shock.

inside pitch choosing to be aggressive. He wants Kawakami to swing his arm fully and to attack with
his strong spirit. Kawakami pitches but Harada hits the ball, and Carlos (who is sent to first base in
place of Shirakawa after the deadball) sprints to home tying the score at 4-4. [10] Seidou is in shock,
but Kataoka reminds his players the game is not over yet. As the the team regain their focus,
Narumiya hits a long one to the center field shocking Miyuki and his teammates. Isashiki and Shirasu
tries to save the ball but fails. Inashiro scores and wins the game. At the line-up, while his teammates
shed tears, Miyuki is one among four (Yuki, Sawamura and Furuya being the others) who hadn't. [11]

Aftermath

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While his teammates continue to grieve over their loss, Miyuki watch the video of the finals match
over and over. Kuramochi talks to him about it but Miyuki only tells him that with the current Seidou
team, without their 'unshakable' captain (Yuki) and Ace (Tanba), Nationals will only be a dream.

He again later watch the finals match but this time, with Sawamura who was the one who asked to
watch the video. Miyuki thinks Sawamura really wants to move forward but worries about Kawakami.
He remembers Shirakawa and Narumiya's words way back when he saw Narumiya with his group
after Inashiro's semi-finals match. Miyuki then smile widely as he hopes for Narumiya to come back
stronger after Koshien.
He was chosen as the next captain of the Seidou team after Yuki retired.[12] He was strongly
recommended by Yuki who believed to be the fittest to lead the team.

Fall Tournament

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He had to bear the burden of being a core member of the team, the catcher who fixes the pitchers,
the fourth batter, and the captain - which Coach Kataoka knew to be something Miyuki can't face all
alone so he asks Maezono and Kuramochi's support.
By fixing the pitchers, Miyuki had to help Kawakami, who had been severely emotionally affected by
his last pitching against Inashiro Technical, and Sawamura who suffered yips, and therefore
deteriorating ability that showed during their practice game against Yakushi high. [13]
Initially, Miyuki showed concern about his leadership, confessing to Yuki Tetsuya that he's doubtful
whether he can lead the team as the captain. He was however reminded that his every action would
affect the team, encouraging him as the guidepost of the very team Miyuki is now leading. [14]
Miyuki carried his somewhat detached attitude regarding personal sentiments and feelings on one
occasion which led a little altercation between him and his few teammates. Despite that, he easily
recovered and apologized.
He has to face these ordeals in the following games without showing any sign of weakness as team
captain. Despite that, he fell to an injury caused by one of the games [15]. He kept it to himself until
Kuramochi noticed it.[16]

Notwithstanding his condition and upon discovery by almost everyone in the team, he kept on
playing due to the fact that he has the burden to carry on leading the pitchers, which he did, paving
victory on the Fall Tournament and defeating for the second time the dark horse, Yakushi High. [17]

Spring Koshien

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He wasn't allowed later on to play at the Jingu tournament given the doctor's advise of three-week
recovery period. Within that time, all he did was to look after the team and specifically comment on
the sense of unity of the pitchers which he finds sickeningly well to his taste.

Relationship with other Characters


Eijun Sawamura

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He inspired Eijun to join the Seido baseball team during his scouting visit on his last year at his junior
high. Eijun shows both respect and familiarity towards Miyuki. Among all seniors, he treats Miyuki his
age (since Miyuki always does or say something towards Eijun that irritates him most of the time) but
when on field, Eijun acknowledges his abilities as a catcher while Miyuki holds a deep belief in Eijun.

Back in the final against Inashiro Technical, Sawamura thought that they, with all these wonderful
and talented senpais, couldnt possibly lose. They lost however, painfully so, and it impacted
Sawamura far more than anyone, himself included, could have expected, culminating in the yips.
Miyuki somehow failed to help him recover and asked Chris to assist, which the latter succeeded.

Just like Miyuki, Sawamura never holds back his criticism towards him, even though the latter has
become the captain. During the Yakushi vs.Seidoh game, Sawamura has reminded Miyuki the
importance of honesty despite the former not knowing of his injury. He even ended up scolding
Miyuki for hiding the injury.

Furuya Satoru

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Since no one in Hokkaido will catch for him, Furuya enters Seidou in the hopes of meeting Miyuki
who he read about in a magazine. Miyuki was the first one to impress him by catching his powerful
pitches. They form a good battery but Miyuki constantly lectures Furuya about his lack of control and
stamina. Furuya shows to ignore Miyuki's sermons but in truth, listens to him and he continue to
learn how pace himself and improve his control. Despite Miyuki's daring personality, Furuya looks up
to him as the catcher who can make use of his potential.

Rei Takashima

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She is the first person who acknowledged Miyuki's abilities 4 years prior the manga/anime. She was
impressed with his analytical ability on par with Chris Yuu Takigawa.

Kuramochi Youichi

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Miyuki's batchmate and probably the person closest to him. Despite Miyuki's cheeky attitude,
Kuramochi and him are often seen together at school since they are classmates. He is among the
few people who openly scolds, make fun or annoy Miyuki. Upon the retirement of the seniors, he
(and Zono) became Miyuki's major support as the vice captain. He is the first one in the team to
notice Miyuki's injury.[18]

Narumiya Mei

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Miyuki and Narumiya have known each other since Junior High, and despite declining Narumiya's
offer to go to the same school, they continue to have a good relationship, addressing one another
with their given names. Personality wise, both have a lot in common. They tend to be overconfident
in their skills and are deemed to be arrogant. They also like to tease their teammates and both have
a strong sense of responsibility to their teams: Miyuki as Seidou's Captain and Narumiya as
Inashiro's Ace. They also seem to know each other pretty well, with Miyuki once exploiting
Narumiya's prideful nature to strike him out in a game. For Miyuki, Narumiya is a special opponent
for Seidou, one who they must take down to reach greater heights. During the Fall tournament,
Miyuki is shown to be angry over Narumiya's selfishness that resulted to Inashiro's loss, saying that if
he were catching for Narumiya, he'd never allow such selfish disobedience. Narumiya is also one of

two people (Kuramochi being the other), to quickly point out that Miyuki's in a bad condition and not
performing his best game with just one look at Miyuki's at-bat during the Fall Tournament Finals.

Kataoka Tesshin

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Miyuki has the greatest respect for his coach and at times they think very much alike when it comes
to game strategies and using the right players for certain situations. They're both good at seeing the
long-term benefit of using practice games to train players even if it means losing that game. Upon
learning of the coach's resignation, Miyuki makes winning the fall tournament and eventually spring
Koushien, Seido's top priority, so the team can fulfill the coaches pledge to lead Seido to Nationals
for the first time in 7 years. Preventing the coaches departure is one of the reasons he sites for
deciding to play despite his injury in the fall tournament final against Yakushi.

Skills

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Coach Kataoka acknowledged his skill as the "pivotal part of the team." Coaches from opponent
teams also acknowledge his natural baseball feel, which is mostly uncommon to other baseball
players. e has good judgement on when and when not to take action during defense. He often
displays aggressive types of play depending on the pitcher. He is skilled in drawing out potential of
his teammates, specially the rookies Sawamura and Furuya, who often competes for his attention.

Defense (battery)
Framing

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As seen in the manga and anime, Miyuki is observant of the overall field workout. He frames pitches
with subtlety, receiving balls close to the chest, low and away or anything sharp but never stabbing at
it, and turning pitches that nick the border of the zone - all depending on the batter's batting
capability and behavior and on his pitchers. This ability enables him to take control of the defense
and minimize the hits even from the best hitters in the anime and more importantly, make all the
pitches appear to be in the strike zone.

Caught Stealing

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He is highly proficient on retiring base runners which is why second attempts were rare in the anime.
This is factored by his high skill in calling for pitch outs.

Fielding

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His pitchers know how much more effectively and frequently they can execute all those nasty pitches
in the dirt because of the confidence they have in the man receiving them.
The way he prepares the Seidou starters and relievers, calls a game, manages with mound visits
and even frames pitches is all a standard often recognized by the people in the baseball field. His
reliability as the backstop proves his value on defense and presence that essentially amounts to
having a coach on the field.

Offense

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As sixth batter, he is most reliable when there are base runners. Miyuki can hit homers or long balls
depending on the places of the runners. However, without runners on base, he is often struck out.
Although his batting is unstable, he is acknowledged to be a capable clutch hitter at critical moments.
After becoming the 4th batter, though not as threatening as their former captain, pitchers are wary
every time he is at-bat knowing he has skills hitting even their best pitches. The reason is primarily of
his talent at hitting precise pitches coming from his experience and calculations. He has somehow
overcome his weakness in the absence of runners and have been hitting long balls at the most
needed innings.
During the fall tournament, Miyuki has consistent offensive outputs increasing his RBI and leading
the batting order. Even during the collision, he managed a winning homerun despite the discovery of
an injury he concealed on several occasions. Although it affected his offense, Miyuki made up to his
defense and eventually got a winning hit against Sanada during the Preliminaries.