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Hisashi Iwakuma

34-Year-Old Pitcher – Seattle Mariners

2016 Stats

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0-3

ERA

4.65

WHIP

1.42

K

25

SV

0

2016 Preseason Projections

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2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

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2016 ADP:  153.8

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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:

Iwakuma agreed to a one-year contract with the Mariners in Dec15. The deal includes options for the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

April 28, 2016  –  Hisashi Iwakuma News

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Iwakuma (0-3) was tagged for five runs on seven hits over five innings in a loss to the visiting Astros on Wednesday. He struck out seven and walked two.

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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
2014 32 AAA TAC 1 1 0 4.0 6 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.50 1.50
2014 32 MAJ SEA 28 28 0 179.0 167 70 20 154 21 15 9 0 0 0 3.52 1.05
2015 33 A EVE 1 1 0 3.2 3 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.45 0.94
2015 33 AAA TAC 2 2 0 9.2 8 1 0 10 2 1 0 0 0 0 0.93 1.09
2015 33 MAJ SEA 20 20 1 129.7 117 51 18 111 21 9 5 0 0 0 3.54 1.06
2016 34 MAJ SEA 5 5 0 31.0 35 16 4 25 9 0 3 0 0 0 4.65 1.42
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3-Year Averages     27 27 0 176.1 154 62 21 150 28 12 6 0 0 0 3.17 1.03
Career  (View All)     116 102 1 684.7 615 246 84 576 136 47 28 2 3.23 1.10

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Hisashi Iwakuma 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. 27 Hou 5.0 7 5 5 1 2 7 1 0 0 L 0 0 0 4.65 1.42
Apr. 22 @LAA 8.0 6 2 2 2 1 3 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 3.81 1.35
Apr. 17 @NYY 7.0 8 4 4 1 2 3 1 1 0 L 0 0 0 4.50 1.56
Apr. 11 Tex 6.0 8 3 3 0 1 7 0 1 0 L 0 0 0 4.09 1.64
Apr. 5 @Tex 5.0 6 2 2 0 3 5 1 0 0 - 0 0 0 3.60 1.80
Last 14 Days
3 Games:  Avg. 6.7 IP/G
20.0 21 11 11 4 5 13 2 1 0 0-2 0 0 0 4.95 1.30
Last 30 Days
5 Games:  Avg. 6.2 IP/G
31.0 35 16 16 4 9 25 3 2 0 0-3 0 0 0 4.65 1.42
Last 60 Days
5 Games:  Avg. 6.2 IP/G
31.0 35 16 16 4 9 25 3 2 0 0-3 0 0 0 4.65 1.42

Hisashi Iwakuma Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
20166514615401.268
2015256529641218.261
2014376721010015111.273

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
20167011320503.308
201526059125311010.219
20143338211671209.210

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Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201611.002014316.551.64
201570.0440608114.371.10
2014101.3860848143.020.94

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201620.001011633.601.30
201559.7510511372.561.02
201477.7730701364.171.20
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 32 AAA TAC 1 1 4.0 4.50 0.00 0.00 0.00 66.7% 4.50 2.20 .393
2014 32 MAJ SEA 28 28 179.0 7.74 1.06 7.33 1.01 1.92 70.2% 88.9 MPH 3.52 3.32 .295
2015 33 A EVE 1 1 3.2 8.44 0.00 0.00 2.81 100% 2.45 5.39 .249
2015 33 AAA TAC 2 2 9.2 9.78 1.96 5.00 0.00 90% 0.93 1.68 .334
2015 33 MAJ SEA 20 20 129.7 7.70 1.46 5.29 1.25 1.88 72.5% 88.5 MPH 3.54 3.80 .280
2016 34 MAJ SEA 5 5 31.0 7.26 2.61 2.78 1.16 1.37 70% 87.5 MPH 4.65 4.43 .332
Today's Projections     0 0 .0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0% 0.00 0.00 .000
Next 7 Days     0 2 12.8 6.32 1.57 4.01 1.51 71.9% 3.82 4.50 .259
Rest Of Season     0 27 171.7 6.50 1.54 4.23 1.46 71.3% 3.82 4.37 .262
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3-Year Averages     27 27 176.1 7.67 1.43 5.36 1.07 74.5% 3.17 3.52 .277
Career     116 102 684.7 7.57 1.79 4.24 1.10 75.7% 3.23 3.73 .282

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2016 Stat Review for Hisashi Iwakuma    As compared to the top 100 starting pitchers in 2015 (min 130 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

A collection of stats that measure different skills.

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2.78 K/BB
AVERAGE
7.26 K/9
WEAK
2.61 BB/9
AVERAGE
87.5 MPH Fastball
TERRIBLE
1.2 HR/9
WEAK
1.37 GB/FB Ratio
MODERATE GROUNDBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

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4.65 ERA
POOR
1.42 WHIP
POOR
4.43 FIP
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BABIP/Strand

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

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.332 BABIP
HIGH
70.0% Strand Rate
LOW

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

Iwakuma (0-2) allowed two runs on six hits and one walk while striking out three over eight innings, but received no decision Friday at the Angels.

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Iwakuma will start Friday against the Angels in place of Felix Hernandez (illness), Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

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Iwakuma (0-2) gave up four runs on eight hits and two walks over seven innings, striking out three, in Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Yankees.

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Iwakuma (0-1) lost to the Rangers despite walking only one and striking out seven on Monday, allowing three runs on eight hits over six innings.

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Iwakuma took a no-decision Tuesday against the Rangers as he allowed two runs on six hits and three walks over five innings. He struck out five.

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Iwakuma allowed one run on two hits and a walk with two strikeouts in two innings in his final spring tune-up Thursday and pronounced himself ready for the regular season, the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

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Iwakuma will likely be the No. 2 starter for the Mariners behind Felix Hernandez, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

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Iwakuma breezed through two innings in his spring debut Sunday, throwing 17 of 23 pitches for strikes, the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

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Iwakuma agreed to a one-year contract with the Mariners on Thursday. The deal includes options for the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

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2016

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2015

Iwakuma missed the first month of the season last year with a finger injury, but when he returned it was business as usual. Iwakuma dominates with impeccable control. His 1.1 BB/9 was second in baseball and his 7.3 K/BB was third. Groin and back injuries and fatigue knocked him off his game down the stretch, however. In his last seven starts, he was rocked for a 7.88 ERA, and he walked nine in that stretch, only three fewer than he had walked in his previous 21 starts. Despite the ugly finish, Iwakuma's FIP was 3.32. He returns this season to take his place as the second starter in the rotation behind Felix Hernandez, giving the Mariners an excellent one-two punch.

2014

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 in K/BB. Had it not been for Max Scherzer's dream season, he might have won the Cy Young award. As it was, he finished third in the AL voting. A groundball pitcher, Iwakuma has a solid strikeout rate (7.6 K/9) with great control (1.7 BB/9). He went through a summer stretch where his ERA peaked over 3.00, but he straightened out by posting a 2.14 ERA over his final 13 starts, including scoreless outings in four of his last five for another strong finish to the season. Iwakuma proved one of the best fantasy values last season, considering his average draft position. He won't be as profitable this year and it could go the other way but he should still turn in another quality season.

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.