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Munenori Kawasaki

34-Year-Old Second Baseman – Chicago Cubs

2015 Stats

AVG

.214

HR

0

RBI

2

R

6

SB

0

2016 RotoWire Projections

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2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Kawasaki split time between Triple-A and the MLB last season, logging 62 games for Triple-A Buffalo and 23 for the Blue Jays. At the Triple-A level, Kawasaki hit for a .245/.332/.286 line including st...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: NO   BATS: L   THROWS: R   HT: 5' 11"   WT: 175   DOB: 6/3/1981   BORN: Kagoshima, Japan   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: No   Show ContractHide Contract

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Munenori Kawasaki Contract Information:

Agreed to a minor league contract with the Blue Jays in January of 2015.

January 23, 2016  –  Munenori Kawasaki News

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The Cubs signed Kawasaki to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training, the Chicago Tribune reports.

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Munenori Kawasaki Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G PA AB R H XBH 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO SH SF HBP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2009 28 JPN JPN 143 740 640 73 140 38 26 8 4 34 44 17 47 90 43 3 7 .219 .278 .303 .581
2010 29 JPN JPN 144 722 662 74 190 36 27 5 4 53 30 11 43 86 10 0 7 .287 .337 .361 .698
2011 30 JPN JPN 144 707 655 71 161 27 19 7 1 37 31 10 36 84 9 4 3 .246 .287 .301 .587
2012 31 MAJ SEA 61 115 104 13 20 1 1 0 0 7 2 2 8 18 2 0 1 .192 .257 .202 .459
2013 32 AAA BUF 25 81 60 9 15 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 14 12 6 0 1 .250 .400 .250 .650
2013 32 MAJ TOR 96 289 240 27 55 12 6 5 1 24 7 1 32 41 10 3 4 .229 .326 .308 .634
2014 33 AAA BUF 44 129 116 12 32 12 11 1 0 9 1 1 8 17 4 1 0 .276 .320 .388 .708
2014 33 MAJ TOR 82 274 240 31 62 8 7 1 0 17 1 0 22 49 8 1 3 .258 .327 .296 .623
2015 34 AAA BUF 62 227 196 18 48 8 8 0 0 8 8 4 24 32 4 1 2 .245 .332 .286 .618
2015 34 MAJ TOR 23 34 28 6 6 2 2 0 0 2 0 1 4 6 2 0 0 .214 .313 .286 .599
3-Year Averages     67 197 169 21 41 7 5 2 0 14 2 0 19 32 6 1 2 .243 .325 .296 .620

Age is determined on July 1st of each season.       Jump To:     ▼ Advanced Stats      ▼ Games By Position

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Munenori Kawasaki Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
# of Days To Display:    Show 7Show 7    Show 14Show 14    Show 30Show 30
DATE OPP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP SF E AVG OBP SLG OPS
Oct. 4 @Mil 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .214 .313 .286 .599
Oct. 3 @Mil Did not play.
Oct. 2 @Mil Did not play.
Oct. 1 @Cin 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .185 .290 .259 .549
Sep. 30 @Cin Did not play.
Sep. 29 @Cin Did not play.
Sep. 28 KC 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .182 .280 .273 .553
Sep. 27 Pit Did not play.
Sep. 26 Pit Did not play.
Sep. 25 Pit Did not play.
Sep. 23 Mil Did not play.
Sep. 22 Mil 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .190 .261 .286 .547
Sep. 21 Mil Did not play.
Sep. 20 StL Did not play.
Sep. 19 StL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .211 .286 .316 .602
Sep. 18 StL Did not play.
Sep. 17 @Pit Did not play.
Sep. 16 @Pit 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .211 .286 .316 .602
Sep. 15 @Pit Did not play.
Sep. 15 @Pit Did not play.
Sep. 13 @Phi Did not play.
Sep. 12 @Phi Did not play.
Sep. 11 @Phi Did not play.
Sep. 11 @Phi Did not play.
Sep. 10 @Phi Did not play.
Sep. 9 @StL 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .211 .286 .316 .602
Sep. 8 @StL Did not play.
Sep. 7 @StL Did not play.
Sep. 6 Ari Did not play.
Sep. 5 Ari Did not play.
Last 7 Days 5 1 2 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .400 .571 .400 .971
Last 14 Days 7 1 2 0 0 0 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 .286 .444 .286 .730
Last 30 Days 8 3 3 0 0 0 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 .375 .500 .375 .875

Munenori Kawasaki: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2015 17 3
2014 64 19 4
2013 18 60 8
2012 10 1 38 2

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Munenori Kawasaki: Minor League Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2015 34 26

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Munenori Kawasaki Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
201572020.571.7141.286
2014467030.283.304.644
2013463041.152.174.438

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2015214000.095.143.383
2014194240141.253.294.618
2013194241206.247.340.681

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Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2015142010.214.357.670
2014115160100.261.278.604
2013134171155.201.291.569

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2015144010.214.214.527
201412515071.256.312.641
201310610092.264.330.713
Munenori Kawasaki Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm PA AB Walk Rate Strikeout Rate BB/K Ratio Contact Rate BABIP Isolated Power
2009 28 JPN JPN 740 640 6.4% 12.2% 0.52 86% .249 .084
2010 29 JPN JPN 722 662 6% 11.9% 0.50 87% .325 .074
2011 30 JPN JPN 707 655 5.1% 11.9% 0.43 87% .281 .055
2012 31 MAJ SEA 115 104 7% 15.7% 0.44 83% .233 .010
2013 32 AAA BUF 81 60 17.3% 14.8% 1.17 80% .313 .000
2013 32 MAJ TOR 289 240 11.1% 14.2% 0.78 83% .273 .079
2014 33 AAA BUF 129 116 6.2% 13.2% 0.47 85% .323 .112
2014 33 MAJ TOR 274 240 8% 17.9% 0.45 80% .325 .038
2015 34 AAA BUF 227 196 10.6% 14.1% 0.75 84% .293 .041
2015 34 MAJ TOR 34 28 11.8% 17.6% 0.67 79% .273 .072
3-Year Averages     197 169 9.6% 16.2% 0.59 81% .299 .053

Age is determined on July 1st of each season.       Jump To:     ▲ Basic Stats      ▲ Split Stats      ▲ Games By Position

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2015 Stat Review for Munenori Kawasaki    As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2015 (min 420 PA)

Contact

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.214 AVG
TERRIBLE
79% Contact Rate
WEAK
.273 BABIP
LOW
Power

SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.

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.286 SLG
TERRIBLE
.072 ISO
TERRIBLE
Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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0.67 BB/K
GREAT
11.8% BB Rate
GREAT
17.6% K Rate
AVERAGE
OPS/OBP

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.599 OPS
TERRIBLE
.313 OBP
WEAK

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Munenori Kawasaki: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

The Blue Jays recalled Kawasaki from Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday, Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star reports.

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Kawasaki was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo prior to Sunday's game against the Yankees.

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Kawasaki has been recalled and is starting at second base for Saturday's game against the Royals.

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Kawasaki was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on Friday, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.

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Kawasaki is getting called up from Triple-A Buffalo on Friday, Sportsnet reports.

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Kawasaki was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday, the Toronto Star's Brendan Kennedy reports.

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Kawasaki will get the start at second base and bat ninth Monday against the Marlins.

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Kawasaki was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo on Sunday, John Lott of the National Post reports.

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Kawasaki was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on Monday, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.

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Kawasaki will bat ninth in the lineup Friday against Seattle.

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2015

Few fringe utility guys receive the fanfare that Kawasaki has garnered in Toronto. The last two seasons, he's bounced between Triple-A Buffalo and the Jays, compiling most of his career .235/.315/.284 line as a big-league hitter during that time. If he returns to the Blue Jays, Kawasaki may find it more difficult to earn playing time as Maicer Izturis figures to be healthy again in 2015. The aforementioned offensive limitations will prevent him from doing anything more than serving as a temporary placeholder in an AL-only format. After re-signing with the Jays on a minor league deal in January, he'll likely fill a similar role for the Jays again this season.

2013

Kawasaki was a glorified mascot last season. He got just 115 plate appearances, didn't hit (.192, one double), didn't get on base (eight walks) and didn't run (two stolen bases in four attempts). He played a decent shortstop, though the downgrade from Brendan Ryan was easily noticeable. He sure was enthusiastic, though. Alas, enthusiasm isn't enough even for the Mariners, who released him after the season. Kawasaki is likely headed back to Japan, as he's not a major league player.

2012

Kawasaki left the Softbank Hawks and signed a minor league contract with Seattle. The frequent .300 hitter fell to just .267 last season with a .609 OPS. He could win a utility role with the Mariners and has some speed (31 stolen bases last year) for fantasy purposes.