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Junichi Tazawa

27-Year-Old Pitcher – Boston Red Sox

2014 Stats

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0.89

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10

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2014 RotoWire Projections

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2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

After sneakily emerging as an effective reliever for Boston in 2012, Tazawa claimed a setup role for the team in 2013 and did not disappoint. He made a career-high 71 appearances (plus 13 more in the ...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 5' 11"   WT: 200   DOB: 6/6/1986   BORN: Yokohama, Japan   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: No   Show ContractHide Contract

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Junichi Tazawa Contract Information:

Agreed to a one-year, $1.275 million deal with the Red Sox in January of 2014, avoiding arbitration.

April 11, 2014  –  Junichi Tazawa News

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Tazawa pitched 1.1 scoreless relief innings Friday night in Boston's win over the Yankees. He picked up his second hold of the season.

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Junichi Tazawa 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
2009 23 AA POR 18 18 0 98.0 80 28 8 88 26 9 5 0 2.57 1.08
2009 23 AAA PAW 2 2 0 11.3 7 3 0 6 1 0 2 0 2.38 0.71
2009 23 MAJ BOS 6 4 0 25.3 43 21 4 13 9 2 3 0 7.46 2.05
2011 25 A Sal 8 6 0 19.1 20 13 4 13 6 0 1 0 0 0 6.05 1.36
2011 25 AA Por 8 2 0 23.0 20 12 3 27 7 3 2 0 0 0 4.70 1.17
2011 25 AAA Paw 8 0 0 14.1 14 4 1 19 3 1 1 0 0 0 2.51 1.21
2011 25 MAJ BOS 3 0 0 3.0 3 2 1 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 6.00 1.33
2012 26 AAA Paw 25 0 0 42.1 34 12 2 56 17 3 2 4 0 0 2.55 1.21
2012 26 MAJ BOS 37 0 0 44.0 37 7 1 45 5 1 1 1 0 5 1.43 0.95
2013 27 MAJ BOS 71 0 0 68.3 70 24 9 72 12 5 4 0 8 25 3.16 1.20
2014 28 MAJ BOS 10 0 0 9.0 7 0 0 10 1 1 0 0 0 2 0.00 0.89
2014 RotoWire Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Junichi Tazawa
3-Year Averages MAJ   37 0 0 38.4 36 11 3 40 6 2 1 0 2 10 2.58 1.09
Career  (View All) MAJ   127 4 0 149.7 160 54 15 144 28 9 8 1 3.25 1.26

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Junichi Tazawa 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
Apr. 20 Bal 0.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0.00 0.89
Apr. 19 Bal 1.3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 0.00 0.92
Apr. 16 @CWS 0.7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0.00 1.09
Apr. 15 @CWS 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0.00 1.20
Apr. 11 @NYY 1.3 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 0.00 1.24
Apr. 9 Tex 0.3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0.00 1.38
Apr. 5 Mil 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 3 0 1 0 - 0 0 0 0.00 1.25
Apr. 3 @Bal 1.0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 0.00 1.00
Apr. 2 @Bal 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0.00 0.50
Mar. 31 @Bal 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0.00 0.00
Last 14 Days
6 Games:  Avg. 0.8 IP/G
5.0 3 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 1-0 0 0 1 0.00 0.60
Last 30 Days
10 Games:  Avg. 0.9 IP/G
9.0 7 0 0 0 1 10 0 1 0 1-0 0 0 2 0.00 0.89
Last 60 Days
10 Games:  Avg. 0.9 IP/G
9.0 7 0 0 0 1 10 0 1 0 1-0 0 0 2 0.00 0.89

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Junichi Tazawa Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201312931632545.264
20126715115200.234
20114002200.500

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201315541638804.266
201210530422511.222
20119411001.125

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Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201332.022033462.811.06
201226.311028311.370.91
20111.30002106.752.25

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201336.332039833.471.32
201217.700117201.531.02
20111.70002015.400.60
Junichi Tazawa 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
2009 23 AA POR 18 18 98.0 8.08 2.39 3.38 0.73 79.6% 2.57 3.35 .277
2009 23 AAA PAW 2 2 11.3 4.76 0.79 6.00 0.00 62.5% 2.38 2.67 .212
2009 23 MAJ BOS 6 4 25.3 4.62 3.20 1.44 1.42 0.53 64.6% 89.7 MPH 7.46 5.33 .400
2011 25 A Sal 8 6 19.1 6.13 2.83 2.17 1.88 59.1% 6.05 5.97 .281
2011 25 AA Por 8 2 23.0 10.57 2.74 3.86 1.17 62.5% 4.70 3.72 .310
2011 25 AAA Paw 8 0 14.1 12.13 1.91 6.33 0.64 81.3% 2.51 2.07 .385
2011 25 MAJ BOS 3 0 3.0 12.00 3.00 4.00 3.00 0.20 66.7% 91.8 MPH 6.00 5.87 .310
2012 26 AAA Paw 25 0 42.1 11.97 3.63 3.29 0.43 79.6% 2.55 2.37 .338
2012 26 MAJ BOS 37 0 44.0 9.20 1.02 9.00 0.20 1.71 85.4% 93.6 MPH 1.43 1.93 .313
2013 27 MAJ BOS 71 0 68.3 9.48 1.58 6.00 1.19 0.89 79.5% 93.5 MPH 3.16 3.38 .336
2014 28 MAJ BOS 10 0 9.0 10.00 1.00 10.00 0.00 1.25 100% 93.2 MPH 0.00 1.31 .313
2014 Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Junichi Tazawa
3-Year Averages MAJ   37 0 38.4 9.36 1.40 6.67 0.70 79.5% 2.58 2.60 .325
Career MAJ   127 4 149.7 8.66 1.68 5.14 0.90 77.5% 3.25 3.16 .343

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2014 Stat Review for Junichi Tazawa    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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10.00 K/BB
ELITE
10.00 K/9
GOOD
1.00 BB/9
ELITE
93.2 MPH Fastball
GOOD
0.0 HR/9
ELITE
1.25 GB/FB Ratio
MODERATE GROUNDBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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0.00 ERA
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0.89 WHIP
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1.31 FIP
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BABIP/Strand

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

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.313 BABIP
HIGH
100.0% Strand Rate
HIGH

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Career Pitcher vs. Batter Stats    (View All Matchup Data)

Worst Matchups for Junichi Tazawa (by OPS against, min 2 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Michael Cuddyer COL 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 2.500 3.500
Jayson Nix PHI 2 2 0 3 0 0 0 1.000 1.500 2.500
Jesus Montero SEA 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 .500 2.000 2.500
Ezequiel Carrera DET 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.500 2.500
J.P. Arencibia TEX 2 1 1 1 0 1 0 .500 2.000 2.500
Adam Lind TOR 6 3 2 3 1 2 0 .500 1.833 2.405
Taylor Teagarden NY-N 3 2 1 1 0 0 0 .667 1.667 2.333
Chris Iannetta ANA 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 .500 1.500 2.000
Ian Kinsler DET 4 2 1 2 1 1 0 .500 1.250 1.850
Jose Bautista TOR 4 2 1 3 1 1 0 .500 1.250 1.850

Best Matchups for Junichi Tazawa (by OPS against, min 2 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Alcides Escobar KC 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Robbie Grossman HOU 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
Elliot Johnson CLE 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000 .000 .000
George Kottaras CLE 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000 .000 .000
Maicer Izturis TOR 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Nick Franklin SEA 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
Avisail Garcia CHI-A 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
Asdrubal Cabrera CLE 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
Chris Carter HOU 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000 .000 .000
Jose Altuve HOU 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000

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Junichi Tazawa: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Tazawa allowed a hit and a walk in a scoreless inning of Saturday's loss to the Brewers.

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Tazawa threw a scoreless eighth inning Wednesday night in a 6-2 win over Baltimore. He allowed a single and struck out one while throwing 15 pitches (nine strikes).

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Tazawa threw a scoreless inning Saturday. He allowed two hits and struck out two.

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Tazawa, who's pitched just four spring innings, threw a bullpen session Thursday and will appear in a game Saturday, CSN New England reports.

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Tazawa pitched a scoreless inning of relief in Monday's exhibition game against Pittsburgh. He faced the heart of the Pirates batting order and stranded a runner after allowing a one-out single to Andrew McCutchen.

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Tazawa was not mentioned when manager John Farrell spoke Tuesday about backup closers to Koji Uehara, the Providence Journal reports. For a brief time in 2013, Tazawa closed before Farrell settled on Uehara.

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Tazawa and the Red Sox avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.275 million deal on Friday, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.

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Tazawa filed for salary arbitration, the Boston Herald reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

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2013

Tazawa was a nice story for Boston in a miserable season. He struck out 45 batters and walked five in 44 relief innings and was near unhittable in September. The control he showed in Boston is a new development and may not be lasting, but his increased velocity has made him a top candidate as Boston's setup man in 2013. With Andrew Bailey, if healthy, slated to be Boston's closer in 2013, the team will be looking to address its needs in 2014 and Tazawa is being looked at for the role beyond this season.

2012

Tazawa made his return from Tommy John surgery in 2011, predictably having some initial trouble with command and reduced velocity on his fastball. Slowly, it all started to come back for Tazawa, who was mostly pitching out of the bullpen by the end of the season. He's going to open spring training working as a reliever, and will most likely be assigned to Triple-A Pawtucket to start the regular season. Just continuing to work his way back from the surgery is all that's expected in 2012, but he could find himself in the mix for a spot in Boston if he progresses in the first half of the season.

2011

Tazawa emerged on the scene when Boston tabbed him to make a handful of starts in 2009, however, he required Tommy John surgery in April 2010. The usual caveats apply for pitchers after elbow surgery. We'll see him pitching sometime during spring training, but there is obviously no plan to have him in Boston for 2011. Expect some tempered pitch- and innings-limits on him to start. The main goal is to get the elbow strong again. He had a nice array of secondary pitches prior to the injury, with his fastball needing the most improvement.

2010

Tazawa's handful of starts in the major leagues last year gave us an indication of the organization's confidence in the 23-year-old, though it's unlikely he's part of the rotation in 2010. He came to the States with an 88-92 mph and an advanced array of off-speed pitches, but it was unclear how effective he'd be coming from the Japanese industrial leagues. As it turns out, Tazawa was pretty good at Double-A Portland, using the off-speed stuff to keep hitters off balance while spotting his fastball inside. If anything, Tazawa could make the team as a long reliever and spot starter, though it's more likely he begins the season at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he can work on getting more movement on his fastball.

2009

Tazawa, who pitched in Japan's industrial leagues (roughly analogous to independent ball in the States), was expected to be the top pick in Japan's amateur draft this winter. However, he wasn't drafted after he made it known he wanted to play in the U.S. and signed a three-year contract with the Red Sox. He will likely start his career in the minors. He's not the finished product that Daisuke Matsuzaka and Hideki Okajima were when they arrived in Boston and is not clear whether the Red Sox project Tazawa as a starter or reliever, but they obviously like his upside.