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Hiroyuki Kobayashi

36-Year-Old Pitcher – Free Agent

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: NO   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 1"   WT: 174   DOB: 6/4/1978   BORN: Saitama, Japan   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: No   Show ContractHide Contract

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Hiroyuki Kobayashi Contract Information:

Kobayashi signed a contract with the Angels in January of 2013.

March 4, 2013  –  Hiroyuki Kobayashi News

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The Angels released Kobayashi on Monday, the LA Times reports.

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Hiroyuki Kobayashi 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 30 JPN JPN 23 23 0 138.0 155 77 15 112 45 5 12 0 5.02 1.45
2009 31 JPN JPN 24 0 0 134.1 142 64 16 120 35 4 13 0 4.30 1.32
2010 32 JPN JPN 57 0 0 61.0 51 15 2 53 14 3 3 29 0 0 2.21 1.07

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Hiroyuki Kobayashi 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 30 JPN JPN 23 23 138.0 7.30 2.93 2.49 0.98 66.5% 5.02 3.97 .336
2009 31 JPN JPN 24 0 134.1 8.05 2.35 3.43 1.07 70.2% 4.30 3.74 .328
2010 32 JPN JPN 57 0 61.0 7.82 2.07 3.79 0.30 79.4% 2.21 2.58 .292

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Hiroyuki Kobayashi: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Kobayashi has surrendered two runs on three hits and three walks over four innings in Cactus League play.

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Kobayashi's contract is a minor league deal that includes an invite to spring training, the LA Times reports.

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Kobayashi has signed with the Angels, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.

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Kobayashi agreed to a two-year contract to remain with the Hanshin Tigers, the Kyodo news service reports.

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Kobayashi is set to sign with the Hanshin Tigers and forgo his attempt to sign with an MLB team for 2011, the Kyodo news service reports.

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If Kobayashi only receives minor league contract offers he may return to Japan, NPBTracker.com reports. Kobayashi has 11 minor league offers from MLB teams, but also has a two-year offer to return to Japan to the Hanshin TIgers. "Somehow the flow is toward Hanshin… is how it's feeling, but my utmost hope is the Majors," he said.

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Kobayashi says he expects to sign with a MLB team in January, the Kyodo news service reports.

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Kobayashi will exercise his overseas free agency rights and try to sign with a MLB team, the Kyodo News Service reports.

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2011

Kobayashi spent most of the last decade in the middle of Chiba Lotte's rotation, but moved into the closer role in 2010 after back-to-back rough seasons as a starter. He figures to pitch in middle relief after deciding to move to MLB in 2011. He was outstanding as a closer in 2010, collecting saves in 29 of his 57 appearances backed by a 2.21 ERA, 1.066 WHIP, 7.8 K/9IP and a 3.79 K/BB ratio. He has a deep arsenal for a reliever: a slider, a splitter and a changeup to go with an 88-91 mph fastball. Of his breaking pitches, his slider and splitter were the most effective last season. It's not uncommon for Japanese pitchers to struggle to throw splitters with the MLB ball, so that will be something to watch for.