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Hisashi Iwakuma

32-Year-Old Pitcher – Seattle Mariners

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A strong finish to the 2012 campaign springboarded Iwakuma into 2013 where he dominated from start to finish. Iwakuma finished second in the AL in WHIP, third in ERA, BB/9, BAA and innings, and fourth...

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STATUS:  15-Day DL     INJURY TYPE:  Finger     EST. RETURN:  5/10/2014
LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 3"   WT: 210   DOB: 12/4/1981
BORN: Tokyo, Japan   COLLEGE: None  DRAFTED: No  Show ContractHide Contract

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Hisashi Iwakuma Contract Information:

He signed a two-year, $14 million contract with Seattle. He'll make $6.5 million in 2013 and 2014 with a $7 million club option for 2015 that includes a $1 million buyout.

April 22, 2014  –  Hisashi Iwakuma News

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Iwakuma (finger) threw 58 pitches in a simulated game Tuesday and is scheduled to throw 75 pitches Sunday followed by a 90-pitch session soon after, 710 ESPN Seattle's Shannon Drayer reports.

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Hisashi Iwakuma 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 26 JPN JPN 28 28 2 201.2 161 42 3 159 36 21 4 0 1.88 0.98
2009 27 JPN JPN 24 0 0 169.0 179 61 15 121 43 13 6 0 3.25 1.31
2010 28 JPN JPN 28 0 1 201.0 184 63 11 153 36 10 9 0 0 0 2.82 1.09
2011 29 JPN JPN 17 0 1 119.0 106 32 6 90 19 6 7 0 0 0 2.42 1.05
2012 30 MAJ SEA 30 16 0 125.3 117 44 17 101 43 9 5 2 0 0 3.16 1.28
2013 31 MAJ SEA 33 33 0 219.7 179 65 25 185 42 14 6 0 0 0 2.66 1.01
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3-Year Averages MAJ   31 24 0 172.5 148 54 21 143 42 11 5 1 0 0 2.82 1.10

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Hisashi Iwakuma Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
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Hisashi Iwakuma Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201347394249621310.216
20122514425551207.246

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201339391188319115.225
201226857186210010.251

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Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
2013113.363010213132.860.89
201276.0630672682.491.18

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
2013106.38308329122.451.13
201249.3322341794.201.42
Hisashi Iwakuma 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 26 JPN JPN 28 28 201.2 7.11 1.61 4.42 0.13 79.9% 1.88 2.35 .279
2009 27 JPN JPN 24 0 169.0 6.44 2.29 2.81 0.80 77.8% 3.25 3.69 .316
2010 28 JPN JPN 28 0 201.0 6.85 1.61 4.25 0.49 75.1% 2.82 2.93 .295
2011 29 JPN JPN 17 0 119.0 6.81 1.44 4.74 0.45 78.2% 2.42 2.82 .289
2012 30 MAJ SEA 30 16 125.3 7.25 3.09 2.35 1.22 1.89 81.1% 90.3 MPH 3.16 4.45 .284
2013 31 MAJ SEA 33 33 219.7 7.58 1.72 4.40 1.02 1.52 79.6% 89.5 MPH 2.66 3.60 .262
2014 Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Hisashi Iwakuma
3-Year Averages MAJ   31 24 172.5 7.46 2.19 3.40 1.10 80.5% 2.82 3.86 .270

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Worst Matchups for Hisashi Iwakuma (by OPS against, min 4 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Chris Stewart PIT 5 3 1 1 0 1 0 .600 1.400 2.000
Derek Jeter NY-A 6 4 1 2 0 0 1 .667 1.167 1.833
Jarrod Saltalamacchia MIA 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 .800 1.000 1.800
Marwin Gonzalez HOU 4 2 1 1 0 1 0 .500 1.250 1.750
Lyle Overbay MIL 4 3 0 1 0 0 0 .750 1.000 1.750
Yoenis Cespedes OAK 18 8 3 5 0 5 0 .444 1.167 1.611
David Ortiz BOS 5 2 1 1 0 2 0 .400 1.200 1.600
Delmon Young BAL 5 2 1 1 0 1 0 .400 1.200 1.600
Jonathan Lucroy MIL 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 .750 .750 1.500
Ben Zobrist TB 6 4 0 0 0 0 0 .667 .833 1.500

Best Matchups for Hisashi Iwakuma (by OPS against, min 4 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Desmond Jennings TB 5 0 0 0 0 3 0 .000 .000 .000
Derek Norris OAK 5 0 0 0 0 4 0 .000 .000 .000
Norichika Aoki KC 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
Hank Conger ANA 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Andy Dirks DET 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000 .000 .000
Starlin Castro CHI-N 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Robbie Grossman HOU 4 0 0 0 0 3 0 .000 .000 .000
J.B. Shuck ANA 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000 .000 .000
Nate Schierholtz CHI-N 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
Luis Valbuena CHI-N 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000

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Hisashi Iwakuma: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Iwakuma (finger) will throw a simulated game under the roof at Safeco Field on Tuesday instead of making his scheduled rehab start at Triple-A Tacoma because of rain in the forecast, MLB.com's Greg Johns reports.

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Iwakuma (finger) is scheduled to make a rehab start Tuesday at Triple-A Tacoma, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.

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Iwakuma (finger) came out of Friday's simulated game free of setbacks, and expects to report to Tacoma for a rehab assignment next week, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

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Iwakuma (finger) will pitch his sim game Friday, not Saturday, as was originally stated, ESPN Radio Seattle's Shannon Drayer reports.

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Iwakuma tossed a 55-pitch bullpen session Tuesday, after which he reported no issues with his healing finger, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.

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Iwakuma (finger) is scheduled to throw another bullpen Tuesday, and will then progress to a 45-pitch simulated game Saturday, MLB.com's Greg Johns reports.

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Iwakuma (finger) threw a 45-pitch bullpen session Saturday, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

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2013

It's not often a player goes from a complete non-factor to a $14 million contract in six months, but that was Iwakuma's fate in 2012. Iwakuma signed with Seattle out of Japan as a starting pitcher but was relegated to the bullpen to begin the season. It took 15 games for him to see his first action, and by June 1 - 54 games into the season - he had made just five appearances, mostly in low-leverage long-relief situations. He finally got his chance to start, though, in July, when the Mariners jettisoned Hector Noesi, and he more than held his own. He has good control (2.65 BB/9) and a decent strikeout rate (7.39), posting a 2.65 ERA in 16 starts. While his season home/road split is stark, as a starter he fared much better (2.56/2.80 ERA, .243/.254 BAA), and as a groundball pitcher (65.4 percent) he shouldn't be impacted by Safeco Field's reconfiguration this season. In addition to his two-year contract signed shortly after the season ended, Iwakuma enters spring training with a rotation spot locked up and looks like a good fantasy value this season.

2012

Iwakuma is considered to be Japan's best pitcher behind Yu Darvish and signed a one-year deal with the Mariners after becoming an international free agent. He tried to move to MLB last season but he wasn't able to agree to a contract with Oakland after the A's won his rights via the posting system. Iwakuma posted a somewhat disappointing season in 2011, with his 2.42 ERA tempered by a 6-7 record over only 119 innings pitched. He missed two months last season with a shoulder ailment, but returned in July and remained in his team's rotation through the remainder of the season. When he's on his game, Iwakuma has proven capable of using his forkball to generate plenty of swinging strikes and groundballs against NPB competition. The key to his MLB success will be continuing to command his forkball with the slightly different Major League baseball. Iwakuma doesn't have a great strikeout rate (just 6.8 K/9IP last season), but could provide quality innings as Seattle's No. 3 or 4 starter.

2011

Iwakuma was made available via the posting system by his team, the Rakuten Golden Eagles, and Oakland won the negotiating rights to the Japanese star with a bid reportedly in the $19 million range. After an apparently contentious series of negotiations, the two sides were unable to work out a deal, so Iwakuma will remain with Rakuten and the A's got their money back. Iwakuma will meet the service time requirements for international free agency early in 2011, and has already announced plans to move over to MLB. The groundballer had a very good year in 2010 with a 2.82 ERA and 1.095 WHIP in 201 innings pitched. He's considered to be Japan's best pitching prospect behind Yu Darvish, so he's one to keep an eye on with 2012 in mind.