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Akinori Iwamura

35-Year-Old Second Baseman – Free Agent

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: NO   BATS: L   THROWS: R   HT: 5' 9"   WT: 200   DOB: 2/9/1979   BORN: Ehime, Japan   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: No   Show ContractHide Contract

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Iwamura signed a deal for 2013 with the Yakult Swallows in December of 2012.

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Iwamura has signed a deal for 2013 with the Yakult Swallows, the Kyodo news service reports.

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Akinori Iwamura 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
2007 28 MAJ TAM 123 559 491 82 140 38 21 10 7 34 12 8 58 114 4 5 1 .285 .359 .411 .770
2008 29 MAJ TAM 152 707 627 91 172 45 30 9 6 48 8 6 70 131 3 3 4 .274 .349 .380 .729
2009 30 AAA DUR 4 13 11 3 3 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 .273 .385 .364 .749
2009 30 AAA DUR 11 42 33 9 10 3 3 0 0 2 0 0 9 7 0 0 0 .303 .452 .394 .846
2009 30 MAJ TAM 69 260 231 28 67 19 16 2 1 22 9 1 24 44 1 3 1 .290 .355 .390 .745
2010 31 AAA IND 50 203 163 26 43 14 10 1 3 16 0 2 38 32 0 1 1 .264 .404 .393 .797
2010 31 MAJ PIT 54 193 165 18 30 9 6 1 2 9 3 1 26 31 1 1 0 .182 .292 .267 .558
2010 31 MAJ OAK 10 36 31 3 4 1 1 0 0 4 0 0 5 10 0 0 0 .129 .250 .161 .411
2010  (Multiple Teams) 31 MAJ PIT/OAK 64 229 196 21 34 10 7 1 2 13 3 1 31 41 1 1 0 .173 .285 .250 .535
Career  (View All)     408 1,755 1,545 222 413 112 74 22 16 117 32 16 183 330 9 12 6 .267 .345 .375 .720

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Akinori Iwamura: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2010 40 10
2009 67 1

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Akinori Iwamura Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm PA AB Walk Rate Strikeout Rate BB/K Ratio Contact Rate BABIP Isolated Power
2007 28 MAJ TAM 559 491 10.4% 20.4% 0.51 77% .359 .126
2008 29 MAJ TAM 707 627 9.9% 18.5% 0.53 79% .339 .106
2009 30 AAA DUR 13 11 15.4% 7.7% 2.00 91% .300 .091
2009 30 AAA DUR 42 33 21.4% 16.7% 1.29 79% .385 .091
2009 30 MAJ TAM 260 231 9.2% 16.9% 0.55 81% .355 .100
2010 31 AAA IND 203 163 18.7% 15.8% 1.19 80% .313 .129
2010 31 MAJ PIT 193 165 13.5% 16.1% 0.84 81% .212 .085
2010 31 MAJ OAK 36 31 13.9% 27.8% 0.50 68% .190 .032
2010  (Multiple Teams) 31 MAJ PIT/OAK 229 196 13.5% 17.9% 0.76 79% .209 .077
Career     1,755 1,545 10.4% 18.8% 0.55 79% .331 .108

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Akinori Iwamura: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Iwamura has a basic agreement in place with the Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan, NBPTracker.com reports.

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Iwamura was released by the A's on Monday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

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Iwamura and Kevin Kouzmanoff will alternate starts this week against lefty/righty starters, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

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Iwamura was not in the Athletics' lineup Tuesday, the Contra Costa Times reports.

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Iwamura made his A's debut on Monday, drawing a walk and scoring a run in three plate appearances.

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The A's will sign Iwamura on Monday, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

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Iwamura passed through waivers unclaimed and became an unrestricted free agent on Friday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

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The Pirates designated Iwamura for assignment on Monday, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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Iwamura (concussion) is expected to return to baseball activities on Saturday or Sunday, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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2014

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2010

The breakout season from Ben Zobrist coupled with the addition of Sean Rodriguez made Iwamura expendable for the Rays. He spent most of last season on the DL after suffering a partially torn ACL from a hard slide by Chris Coghlan. It was expected that he would miss the entire season, but he returned in late August. He displayed no ill effects from the knee injury and will take over second-base duties for the Pirates. Ultimately, Iwamura isn't going to hurt you in any categories, but he's not going to be a difference maker either.

2009

The Rays asked Iwamura to move from third base to second after the 2007 season, and his successful transition was a key factor in the club's 2008 turnaround. Iwamura's batting line actually dropped a bit in his second year in the majors (losing more than 40 points of OPS), but the Rays more than made up for that offense when Evan Longoria replaced Iwamura at third base. Iwamura faded a bit down the stretch, hitting just .242 in September; and between the World Series and the World Baseball Classic, he won't have much of an offseason, so a slow start is possible.

2008

As expected, Iwamura's home-run power dropped quite a bit in the move from Japan, but everything else went well, as Iwamura showed on-base ability, gap power and great defense at third base. Iwamura did go into a tailspin right after the break (.644 OPS in his first 35 games in the second half), but he finished strong (.293, .832 OPS in his last 36 games). The Rays will try to move Iwamura to second base in spring training to clear room for prospect Evan Longoria at third. That's a tough transition, going against the grain of the defensive spectrum, but the Rays think Iwamura has the range and throwing arm to pull it off.

2007

Iwamura has been Japan's best third baseman over the past few seasons, both offensively and defensively. He hit .311/.388/.543 in 145 games last year, with 32 HR, eight SB on nine attempts, and a 128:70 K:BB in 546 AB. Iwamura has hit 106 homers over the past three seasons. That power likely won't translate well to the majors since his home park in Japan had a very short rightfield porch, but in a gap-friendly park like Tropicana Field, expect Iwamura to put up good batting and on-base averages. His defense will also help the Rays' pitchers tremendously, whether he plays at third base or second.

2006

Iwamura, a left-handed slugger who turned 27 in February, is considered the best third baseman in Japan at the moment. He hit .320/.390/.556 in 2005, with 29 homers in 137 games (down from the 44 he hit in 2004). He won't be able to leave Japan of his own accord until after the 2007 season, but he's one to watch in keeper leagues.