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Kenshin Kawakami

38-Year-Old Pitcher – Free Agent

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: NO   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 5' 11"   WT: 200   DOB: 6/22/1975   BORN: Tokushima, Japan   COLLEGE: Meiji University   DRAFTED: No   Show ContractHide Contract

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Kawakami signed a one-year, 30 million yen deal with the Chunichi Dragons in January of 2012.

January 31, 2012  –  Kenshin Kawakami News

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Kawakami has signed a one-year, 30 million yen deal with the Chunichi Dragons, the Kyodo news service reports.

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Kenshin Kawakami Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS SH IP H ER HR K BB W L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
2007 32 JPN JPN 26 0 0 167.3 175 66 18 145 23 12 8 0 3.55 1.18
2009 34 MAJ ATL 34 25 0 156.3 153 67 15 105 57 7 12 1 3.86 1.34
2010 35 AAA Gwi 5 5 0 21.0 26 10 5 22 5 0 1 0 0 0 4.29 1.48
2010 35 MAJ ATL 18 16 0 87.3 98 50 10 59 32 1 10 0 0 0 5.15 1.49
2011 36 R Gul 2 1 0 3.0 7 5 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 15.00 2.67
2011 36 AA Mis 2 6 0 40.2 56 38 9 32 16 2 4 0 0 0 8.41 1.79
Career  (View All) MAJ   52 41 0 243.7 251 117 25 164 89 8 22 1 4.32 1.40

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Kenshin Kawakami Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

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Kenshin Kawakami Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS IP K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 GB/FB Ratio Strand % Fastball ERA FIP BABIP
2007 32 JPN JPN 26 0 167.3 7.80 1.24 6.30 0.97 73.3% 3.55 3.39 .324
2009 34 MAJ ATL 34 25 156.3 6.04 3.28 1.84 0.86 1.10 73.3% 90.1 MPH 3.86 4.23 .291
2010 35 AAA Gwi 5 5 21.0 9.43 2.14 4.40 2.14 80.8% 4.29 5.06 .361
2010 35 MAJ ATL 18 16 87.3 6.08 3.30 1.84 1.03 1.10 66.7% 89.3 MPH 5.15 4.47 .320
2011 36 R Gul 2 1 3.0 9.00 3.00 3.00 0.00 37.5% 15.00 2.20 .562
2011 36 AA Mis 2 6 40.2 7.16 3.58 2.00 2.01 54% 8.41 5.94 .366
Career MAJ   52 41 243.7 6.06 3.29 1.84 0.92 70.8% 4.32 4.32 .302

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Worst Matchups for Kenshin Kawakami (by OPS against, min 3 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Cameron Maybin SD 3 2 1 1 1 0 0 .667 1.667 2.417
Ian Desmond WAS 3 2 1 2 0 0 0 .667 1.667 2.333
Jayson Werth WAS 5 2 2 3 0 0 0 .400 1.600 2.100
Jay Bruce CIN 5 2 2 4 1 1 0 .400 1.600 2.100
Carlos Gonzalez COL 3 2 0 2 0 0 0 .667 1.333 2.000
Josh Willingham MIN 5 3 1 2 0 1 0 .600 1.200 1.867
Pablo Sandoval SF 5 3 0 1 1 0 0 .600 1.200 1.867
Josh Johnson SD 4 2 1 3 0 1 0 .500 1.250 1.750
Joey Votto CIN 5 3 0 3 1 1 0 .600 1.000 1.714
Evan Longoria TB 3 1 1 2 0 0 1 .333 1.333 1.667

Best Matchups for Kenshin Kawakami (by OPS against, min 3 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Omir Santos PIT 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Eugenio Velez MIL 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Brennan Boesch ANA 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
Anibal Sanchez DET 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
David Ortiz BOS 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000 .000 .000
Marco Scutaro SF 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
Yadier Molina STL 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Alex Rios TEX 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
Miguel Olivo LA 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
Miguel Cabrera DET 3 0 0 1 0 2 1 .000 .000 .000

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Kenshin Kawakami: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Kawakami is nearing a deal with the Chunichi Dragons, Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker reports.

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Kawakami has been placed on the 7-day disabled list with shoulder irritation, reports David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Kawakami has given up two runs in 8.1 innings for Double-A Mississippi in his last four appearances (all in relief) after returning from a shoulder injury.

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Kawakami has been placed on the DL at Double-A Mississippi with a sore shoulder, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

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Kawakami will begin the season in the Double-A rotation, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

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Kawakami gave up three runs (one earned) over three innings Monday with three strikeouts and one walk. He's given up two earned runs in eight innings this spring, but the Braves are still trying to trade him, the team's official web site reports.

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Kawakami's visa issues have been cleared up, and he is expected to arrive at spring training Tuesday night, ESPN's Buster Olney reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

There was no outlook written for Kenshin Kawakami.

2011

Kawakami began last season in Atlanta's rotation, but the Braves were regretting his $23 million contract by the end of the year and even dropped him from the 40-man roster. He largely featured the same below average strikeout rate, control problems and average groundball rate that he did in 2009, but he had the misfortune to begin the season 0-9 with an increase in his BABIP that resulted in a 4.49 ERA. While he may have been unlucky and pitched somewhat better than his recorded indicated, he was an easy scapegoat and he was never needed as more than a short-term placeholder until Atlanta's plethora of talent in the upper minors was ready for the majors. Once Mike Minor and Kris Medlen were ready for the rotation, he was moved to the bullpen and pitched just five innings after the All-Star break. Even if he lands a significant role outside of Atlanta, there are few reasons to think he'll make a significant improvement from last season.

2010

Kawakami struggled with his control in his first season in the majors after coming over from Japan, but was otherwise productive with a 3.86 ERA. He lost his spot in the rotation in September once Tim Hudson returned from elbow surgery amid concerns over his workload with a longer season than in Japan, but he should be Atlanta's fifth starter after the trade of Javier Vazquez. With a below average strikeout rate, control problems and an average groundball rate, there are plenty of reasons to tread carefully here.

2009

Be careful not to compare Kawakami with some of the other big names that have come over from Japan - he's not going to be as useful as Daisuke Matsuzaka or even Hiroki Kuroda. Kawakami benefitted greatly from a pitcher-friendly home park and superior defensive support while pitching for Chunichi in Japan. He also missed a significant portion of the season with a back injury. He'll be the No. 3 or No. 4 starter for the Braves after signing with Atlanta this winter.

2008

Kawakami was the staff ace for the Japan Series champions, the Chunichi Dragons, in 2007, going 12-8, 3.55 in 26 starts (1.180 WHIP, 145:23 K:BB ratio in 167.1 innings). The former MVP and Sawamura (best pitcher) award winner has won 17 games twice in the last four seasons and earned All-Star honors in 2006 after posting a 2.51 ERA with 194 strikeouts in 215 innings. At press time, the 32-year-old righty was deciding whether to file for free agency or re-sign with Chunichi. Several MLB clubs are reportedly interested in pursuing Kawakami if he decides to cross the Pacific.