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Kyuji Fujikawa

33-Year-Old Pitcher – Chicago Cubs

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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 seve...

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STATUS:  15-Day DL     INJURY TYPE:  Elbow     EST. RETURN:  6/20/2014
LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   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 two-year, $9.5 million contract (with a vesting option for a third year) with the Cubs in December 2012.

April 14, 2014  –  Kyuji Fujikawa News

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Fujikawa (elbow) left Monday's extended spring training appearance after calling the trainer to the mound, MLB.com's Phil Rogers 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
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3-Year Averages MAJ   12 0 0 12.0 11 7 1 14 2 1 1 2 1 1 5.25 1.08

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Kyuji Fujikawa Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
# of Days To Display:    Show 14Show 14    Show 30Show 30    Show 60Show 60
DATE OPP IP H R ER HR BB K HBP WP CG W-L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
Last 14 Days
0 Games:  Avg. 0.0 IP/G
0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00
Last 30 Days
0 Games:  Avg. 0.0 IP/G
0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00
Last 60 Days
0 Games:  Avg. 0.0 IP/G
0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00

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Kyuji Fujikawa Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

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

Vs. Right

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

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Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
20135.01118017.201.00

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
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
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3-Year Averages MAJ   12 0 12.0 10.50 1.50 7.00 0.75 50% 5.25 2.45 .335

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Worst Matchups for Kyuji Fujikawa (by OPS against, min 0 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Daniel Murphy NY-N 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 4.000 5.000
Justin Upton ATL 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 2.000 3.000
Marco Scutaro SF 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 2.000 3.000
Clint Barmes PIT 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 2.000 3.000
Brandon Belt SF 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 1.000 2.000 3.000
Ramiro Pena ATL 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 2.000
Ryan Braun MIL 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 2.000
Freddie Freeman ATL 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 2.000
Pablo Sandoval SF 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 2.000
Ryan Zimmerman WAS 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 2.000

Best Matchups for Kyuji Fujikawa (by OPS against, min 0 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Todd Frazier CIN 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Hunter Pence SF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Pedro Alvarez PIT 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Norichika Aoki KC 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Nolan Arenado COL 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
Roger Bernadina CIN 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
Charlie Blackmon COL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Gregor Blanco SF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Gio Gonzalez WAS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Alfredo Figaro MIL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000

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

Fujikawa (elbow) was placed on the 15-day DL on Sunday, the Chicago Tribune reports.

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Fujikawa (elbow) could starting throwing live batting practice next week, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

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Fujikawa (elbow) threw 25 pitches off a mound Thursday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

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Fujikawa (elbow) threw about 20-25 pitches off a mound Monday, Jesse Rogers of ESPNChicago.com reports.

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Fujikawa (elbow) could be ready at some point in June, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.

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Fujikawa (elbow) played catch for about five minutes Monday, MLB.com reports.

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Fujikawa had Tommy John surgery performed on his right elbow Tuesday, MLB.com reports.

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Fujikawa is expected to undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow Tuesday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.

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No date has been set on the impending Tommy John surgery on Fujikawa's elbow, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

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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.