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Kyuji Fujikawa

35-Year-Old Pitcher – Free Agent

2015 Stats

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0-0

ERA

16.20

WHIP

1.20

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1

SV

0

2015 Preseason Projections

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2015 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Though much was expected of Fujikawa when he came to America two years ago, injuries limited him to just 25 big-league innings before the Cubs declined his option last October. He was extremely unluc...

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2015 ADP:  578.12

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: NO   BATS: L   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 0"   WT: 190   DOB: 7/21/1980   BORN: Kochi, Japan   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: No   Show ContractHide Contract

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Kyuji Fujikawa Contract Information:

Signed a one-year, $1.1 million deal with the Rangers in December of 2014.

June 1, 2015  –  Kyuji Fujikawa News

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Fujikawa signed with an independent league team in his hometown in Kochi, Japan on Monday, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

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Kyuji Fujikawa 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
2008 27 JPN JPN 63 0 0 67.2 34 5 2 90 13 8 1 38 0.67 0.70
2009 28 JPN JPN 49 0 0 57.2 32 8 4 86 15 5 3 25 1.26 0.82
2010 29 JPN JPN 58 0 0 62.2 47 14 7 81 20 3 4 28 0 0 2.03 1.08
2011 30 JPN JPN 56 0 0 51.0 25 7 2 80 13 3 3 41 0 0 1.24 0.75
2012 31 JPN JPN 48 0 0 47.2 34 7 1 58 15 2 2 24 0 0 0.00 1.04
2013 32 AA TEN 1 0 0 2.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.50
2013 32 AAA IOW 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.00
2013 32 MAJ CHC 12 0 0 12.0 11 7 1 14 2 1 1 2 1 1 5.25 1.08
2014 33 R MES 4 2 0 4.0 1 0 0 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.50
2014 33 A KAN 2 0 0 1.2 1 0 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.67
2014 33 AAA IOW 6 0 0 6.0 5 1 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.50 1.00
2014 33 MAJ CHC 15 0 0 13.0 18 7 2 17 6 0 0 0 0 0 4.85 1.85
2015 34 AA FRI 1 0 0 1.0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9.00 3.00
2015 34 AAA ROU 10 0 0 9.1 6 4 1 8 9 0 0 0 0 0 3.86 1.65
2015 34 MAJ TEX 2 0 0 1.7 2 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 16.20 1.20
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3-Year Averages     13 0 0 12.5 14 7 1 15 4 0 0 1 0 0 5.04 1.44

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Kyuji Fujikawa Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
20155101000.250
2014306310000.385
201325815101.217

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
20153001001.333
2014341138002.276
201325616300.261

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Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
20151.700010116.201.20
20149.000012311.001.33
20135.01118017.201.00

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
20144.000053113.503.00
20137.00016203.861.14
Kyuji Fujikawa 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
2008 27 JPN JPN 63 0 67.2 12.05 1.74 6.92 0.27 93.3% 0.67 1.49 .243
2009 28 JPN JPN 49 0 57.2 13.53 2.36 5.73 0.63 90.7% 1.26 1.89 .271
2010 29 JPN JPN 58 0 62.2 11.72 2.89 4.05 1.01 88.3% 2.03 3.02 .298
2011 30 JPN JPN 56 0 51.0 14.12 2.29 6.15 0.35 86.1% 1.24 1.34 .265
2012 31 JPN JPN 48 0 47.2 11.06 2.86 3.87 0.19 87.5% 0.00 1.97 .305
2013 32 AA TEN 1 0 2.0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 100% 0.00 3.20 .151
2013 32 AAA IOW 1 0 1.0 18.00 9.00 2.00 0.00 100% 0.00 2.20 .000
2013 32 MAJ CHC 12 0 12.0 10.50 1.50 7.00 0.75 1.70 50% 92.3 MPH 5.25 2.95 .335
2014 33 R MES 4 2 4.0 11.25 2.25 5.00 0.00 100% 0.00 1.45 .137
2014 33 A KAN 2 0 1.2 30.00 7.50 4.00 0.00 100% 0.00 -0.97 2.604
2014 33 AAA IOW 6 0 6.0 6.00 1.50 4.00 0.00 83.3% 1.50 2.37 .279
2014 33 MAJ CHC 15 0 13.0 11.77 4.15 2.83 1.38 1.38 77.3% 90.8 MPH 4.85 4.43 .449
2015 34 AA FRI 1 0 1.0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 66.7% 9.00 3.20 .515
2015 34 AAA ROU 10 0 9.1 7.91 8.90 0.89 0.99 78.6% 3.86 5.84 .221
2015 34 MAJ TEX 2 0 1.7 5.40 0.00 0.00 5.40 -100% 89.6 MPH 16.20 11.60 .213
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3-Year Averages     13 0 12.5 10.80 2.88 3.75 0.72 64.7% 5.04 2.80 .391

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2015 Stat Review for Kyuji Fujikawa    As compared to the top 100 relief pitchers in 2014 (min 55 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

A collection of stats that measure different skills.

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0.00 K/BB
TERRIBLE
5.40 K/9
TERRIBLE
0.00 BB/9
ELITE
89.6 MPH Fastball
POOR
5.4 HR/9
TERRIBLE
0.00 GB/FB Ratio
EXTREME FLYBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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16.20 ERA
TERRIBLE
1.20 WHIP
WEAK
11.60 FIP
TERRIBLE
BABIP/Strand

Balls in play avg. and % of runners left stranded.

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.213 BABIP
LOW
-100.0% Strand Rate
LOW

Kyuji Fujikawa: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Fujikawa was given his unconditional release by the Rangers, the Associated Press reports.

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Fujikawa was designated for assignment Sunday, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

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Fujikawa (groin) will be activated from the DL prior to Thursday's game.

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Fujikawa (groin) is expected to be activated from the disabled list in the next day or two, The Dallas Morning News reports.

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Fujikawa (groin) will be transferred from Double-A Frisco to Triple-A Round Rock on Friday to continue his rehab assignment, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Stefan Stevenson reports.

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Fujikawa (groin) will pitch on a rehab assignment with Double-A Frisco on Tuesday, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

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Fujikawa (groin) will begin the year on the DL, the Dallas Morning News reports.

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Fujikawa is dealing with groin tightness, which will require multiple days of rest and could lead to a DL stint to begin the regular season, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2015

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2014

This time last year, the smart move was to buy stock in Fujikawa, who would surely close once the inevitable Carlos Marmol implosion occurred. He did get the chance, but the rookie, who had spent several years as a star reliever in Japan, only lasted 12 innings before his elbow gave out. After having Tommy John surgery in June, Fujikawa will begin the 2014 season on the disabled list. Assuming a midseason return, he may get another chance to close. Fujikawa's outstanding strikeout and walk rates in Japan suggest that he'd be successful as a big-league closer if given the chance.

2013

Fujikawa has been Japan's most dominant reliever over the last eight seasons, and perhaps the preeminent reliever in NPB history. Fujikawa's dominance has been reflected in his strikeout rates, as he's averaged 12.9 K/9 over the past eight seasons. The best Japanese pitchers, particularly relievers, have proven capable of maintaining their strikeout numbers after crossing the Pacific, so there is reason for optimism in his ability to miss bats. Fujikawa is essentially a two-pitch pitcher: he features a 91-96 mph four-seam fastball with unusual rising movement, and an 82-86 mph splitter with hard downward movement. He will occasionally mix in a slider, a cutter, and a curveball, but does not rely on them. Fujikawa's command is not particularly refined; he gets by more on velocity and movement than pinpoint location. Given his dominant resume and the reasonably strong track record of Japanese relievers in the US, Kyuji is a good bet to enjoy MLB success, but he will need both of his main pitches to work to realize his upside. He became an international free agent after last season and decided to move to MLB, signing with the Cubs. He will enter spring training in a setup role to Carlos Marmol, but it may not be long before he takes over the closer role.

2012

Fujikawa is one of Japan's top closers and had 41 saves with a 1.24 ERA and 80:13 K:BB ratio in 51 innings last season. He's eligible for international free agency after next season, but he's expressed interest to stay in Japan. He could be an impact player in MLB in 2013 if he changes his mind.

2011

Fujikawa is Japan's best relief pitcher. He had a dominant, but not historically dominant season in 2010. Fujikawa's ERA climbed to 2.01 and his WHIP to 1.069 in 2010, enough to rank among the top closers in Japan, but somewhat off his established norms. For comparison, his highest WHIP the previous five seasons was 0.857, and he had sub-1.00 ERA season in 2006 and 2008. Fujikawa is projected to qualify for free agency during the 2012 season, and Hanshin seems committed to keeping him until then.

2010

Fujikawa is Japan's best relief pitcher. Since becoming a full-time reliever in 2005, Fujikawa has never posted an ERA worse than 1.63, a WHIP higher than 0.83, or struck out fewer than 86 batters (in 57.2 innings, in 2009). The Hanshin Tigers are unlikely to post their star closer before he reaches free agency after the 2012 season.

2007

You can find Fujikawa's career stats from Japan here at japanesebaseball.com.