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Kyuji Fujikawa

34-Year-Old Pitcher – Chicago Cubs

2014 Stats

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0-0

ERA

5.73

WHIP

1.82

K

16

SV

0

2014 Preseason Projections

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2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

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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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.

September 7, 2014  –  Kyuji Fujikawa News

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Fujikawa struck out the only two batters he faced in Saturday's nightcap after retiring the only batter he faced in Saturday's continuation of Friday's suspended game.

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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 13 0 0 11.0 15 7 2 16 5 0 0 0 0 0 5.73 1.82
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3-Year Averages     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)
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DATE OPP IP H R ER HR BB K HBP WP CG W-L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
Sep. 10 @Tor 0.7 3 3 3 0 2 2 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 5.73 1.82
Sep. 7 Pit 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 3.48 1.45
Sep. 6 Pit 0.7 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 - 0 0 0 3.86 1.50
Sep. 5 Pit 0.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 4.15 1.62
Sep. 2 Mil 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 4.32 1.68
Aug. 30 @StL 0.0 3 3 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 - 0 0 0 4.91 1.64
Aug. 28 @Cin 1.0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.23 1.23
Aug. 27 @Cin 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.42 1.11
Aug. 20 SF 2.0 2 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.69 1.13
Aug. 16 @NYM 0.3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 2.70 1.20
Aug. 14 Mil 1.0 2 1 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 3.00 1.00
Aug. 9 TB 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0.00 0.00
Aug. 6 @Col 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 - 0 0 0 0.00 0.00
Last 14 Days
5 Games:  Avg. 0.7 IP/G
3.7 5 3 3 0 3 8 0 1 0 0-0 0 0 0 7.36 2.18
Last 30 Days
10 Games:  Avg. 0.8 IP/G
8.0 13 6 6 1 4 14 1 2 0 0-0 0 0 0 6.75 2.13
Last 60 Days
13 Games:  Avg. 0.8 IP/G
11.0 15 7 7 2 5 16 2 2 0 0-0 0 0 0 5.73 1.82

Kyuji Fujikawa Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201426528000.348
201325815101.217

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
2014291137002.292
201325616300.261

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Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
20147.000011211.291.14
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 13 0 11.0 13.09 4.09 3.20 1.64 1.00 72.2% 90.7 MPH 5.73 4.56 .464
Today's Projections     0 0 .0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0% 0.00 0.00 .000
Next 7 Days     0 0 .0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0% 0.00 0.00 .000
Rest Of Season     0 0 .0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0% 0.00 0.00 .000
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3-Year Averages     12 0 12.0 10.50 1.50 7.00 0.75 50% 5.25 2.45 .335

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2014 Stat Review for Kyuji Fujikawa    As compared to the top 100 relief pitchers in 2013 (min 55 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

A collection of stats that measure different skills.

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3.20 K/BB
GOOD
13.09 K/9
ELITE
4.09 BB/9
POOR
90.7 MPH Fastball
POOR
1.6 HR/9
TERRIBLE
1.00 GB/FB Ratio
MODERATE GROUNDBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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5.73 ERA
TERRIBLE
1.82 WHIP
TERRIBLE
4.56 FIP
TERRIBLE
BABIP/Strand

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

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.464 BABIP
HIGH
72.2% Strand Rate
LOW

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

Fujikawa (elbow) has been activated from the 60-day DL, MLB.com reports.

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Fujikawa (elbow) has rejoined the Cubs in Denver but will not be activated Tuesday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.

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Fujikawa (elbow) is scheduled to make another rehab appearance with Triple-A Iowa on Monday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

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Fujikawa (elbow) tossed another scoreless inning Friday night at Triple-A Iowa as he continues his rehab assignment.

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Fujikawa (elbow) will make at least one more rehab appearance for Triple-A Iowa before returning to the Cubs, MLB.com reports.

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Fujikawa (elbow) will move his rehab to Triple-A Iowa, Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago reports.

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Fujikawa (elbow) will move to Low-A Kane County to continue his rehabilitation, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

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Fujikawa was moved to the 60-day DL on Saturday, according to MLB.com's Carrie Muskat.

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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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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.