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Koji Uehara

42-Year-Old Pitcher – Chicago Cubs

2017 Stats

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2-4

ERA

2.84

WHIP

0.99

K

28

SV

2

2017 Preseason Projections

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2017 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

2016 was a struggle for Uehara, both in terms of injuries and effectiveness. The 41-year-old veteran reliever posted a 3.45 ERA over 47 innings, which was his highest ERA since his rookie year with th...

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2017 ADP:  592.89

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 2"   WT: 195   DOB: 4/3/1975   BORN: Osaka, Japan   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: By BAL In 2009   Show ContractHide Contract

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Koji Uehara Contract Information:

Signed a one-year, $6 million contract with the Cubs in December of 2016.

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Uehara stuck out two in a clean ninth inning Sunday against St. Louis to pick up his second save of the year.

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Koji Uehara 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
2007 32 JPN JPN 55 0 0 62.0 47 12 4 66 4 4 3 32 1.74 0.82
2009 34 MAJ BAL 12 12 0 66.7 71 30 7 48 12 2 4 0 4.05 1.25
2010 35 AA BOW 2 2 0 2.0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.00
2010 35 AAA NOR 2 0 0 2.0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.00
2010 35 MAJ BAL 43 0 0 44.0 37 14 5 55 5 1 2 13 2 6 2.86 0.95
2011 36 MAJ BAL 43 0 0 47.0 25 9 6 62 8 1 1 0 1 13 1.72 0.70
2011 36 MAJ TEX 22 0 0 18.0 13 8 5 23 1 1 2 0 0 9 4.00 0.78
2011  (Multiple Teams) 36 MAJ BAL/TEX 65 0 0 65.0 38 17 11 85 9 2 3 0 1 22 2.35 0.72
2012 37 AAA ROU 3 0 0 3.0 3 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.00
2012 37 MAJ TEX 37 0 0 36.0 20 7 4 43 3 0 0 1 0 7 1.75 0.64
2013 38 MAJ BOS 73 0 0 74.3 33 9 5 101 9 4 1 21 3 13 1.09 0.57
2014 39 MAJ BOS 64 0 0 64.3 51 18 10 80 8 6 5 26 5 1 2.52 0.92
2015 40 A GRE 1 0 0 1.0 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 9.00 3.00
2015 40 MAJ BOS 43 0 0 40.3 28 10 3 47 9 2 4 25 2 0 2.23 0.92
2016 41 MAJ BOS 50 0 0 47.0 34 18 8 63 11 2 3 7 2 18 3.45 0.96
2017 42 MAJ CHC 27 0 0 25.3 18 8 1 28 7 2 4 2 2 9 2.84 0.99
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3-Year Averages     52 0 0 50.6 37 15 7 63 9 3 4 19 3 6 2.67 0.91
Career  (View All)     414 12 0 463.0 330 131 54 550 73 21 26 95 2.55 0.87

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Koji Uehara Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
# of Team Games To Display:    Show 14Show 14    Show 30Show 30    Show 60Show 60
DATE OPP IP H R ER HR BB K HBP WP CG W-L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
Jun. 21 SD 1.0 2 1 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 2.84 0.99
Jun. 19 SD 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 2.59 0.86
Jun. 16 @Pit 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 2.70 0.86
Jun. 11 Col 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 2.82 0.90
Jun. 9 Col 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 3.10 0.98
Jun. 4 StL 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 3.26 0.98
Jun. 3 StL 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 3.44 1.04
May. 31 @SD 1.0 1 1 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 3.63 1.10
May. 24 SF 0.7 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 3.31 1.04
May. 18 Cin 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 3.45 0.96
May. 16 Cin 1.0 2 2 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 3.68 1.02
May. 12 @StL 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 2.63 0.95
May. 7 NYY 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 2.84 1.03
May. 4 Phi 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 3.09 1.11
May. 3 Phi 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 3.38 1.22
Apr. 30 @Bos 0.0 3 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 3.72 1.34
Apr. 29 @Bos 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 1.86 1.03
Apr. 25 @Pit 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 2.08 1.15
Apr. 22 @Cin 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 2.35 1.17
Apr. 19 Mil 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 2.70 1.20
Apr. 16 Pit 0.0 2 3 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 L 0 1 0 3.18 1.41
Last 14 Games (Team)
5 Games Pitched:  Avg. 1.2 IP/G
6.0 4 1 1 0 2 5 0 0 0 1-1 0 0 2 1.50 1.00
Last 30 Games (Team)
9 Games Pitched:  Avg. 1.1 IP/G
9.7 6 2 2 0 4 10 0 0 0 1-2 1 0 4 1.86 1.03
Last 60 Games (Team)
21 Games Pitched:  Avg. 0.9 IP/G
19.7 15 10 8 1 6 22 0 0 0 2-4 2 1 8 3.66 1.07

Koji Uehara Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
2017481259311.214
20168529611203.139
20157924611402.153

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
2017541629000.176
20169934523615.253
20158123317421.221

Home

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201716.312216512.760.98
201622.322329654.841.30
201524.0211234511.880.88

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
20179.012012203.001.00
201624.701434532.190.65
201516.3031313422.760.98
Koji Uehara 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
2007 32 JPN JPN 55 0 62.0 9.58 0.58 16.50 0.58 83% 1.74 2.15 .283
2009 34 MAJ BAL 12 12 66.7 6.48 1.62 4.00 0.95 0.55 69.7% 86.9 MPH 4.05 3.68 .314
2010 35 AA BOW 2 2 2.0 4.50 4.50 1.00 0.00 100% 0.00 3.70 .177
2010 35 AAA NOR 2 0 2.0 4.50 0.00 0.00 0.00 100% 0.00 2.20 .301
2010 35 MAJ BAL 43 0 44.0 11.25 1.02 11.00 1.02 0.43 75.7% 88.1 MPH 2.86 2.52 .317
2011 36 MAJ BAL 43 0 47.0 11.87 1.53 7.75 1.15 0.54 88.9% 88.8 MPH 1.72 2.73 .212
2011 36 MAJ TEX 22 0 18.0 11.50 0.50 23.00 2.50 0.81 66.7% 88.8 MPH 4.00 4.42 .224
2011  (Multiple Teams) 36 MAJ BAL/TEX 65 0 65.0 11.77 1.25 9.44 1.52 0.61 83.3% 88.8 MPH 2.35 3.21 .215
2012 37 AAA ROU 3 0 3.0 12.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 100% 0.00 0.53 .402
2012 37 MAJ TEX 37 0 36.0 10.75 0.75 14.33 1.00 0.61 84.2% 88.9 MPH 1.75 2.51 .215
2013 38 MAJ BOS 73 0 74.3 12.23 1.09 11.22 0.61 0.82 89.2% 89.2 MPH 1.09 1.76 .205
2014 39 MAJ BOS 64 0 64.3 11.19 1.12 10.00 1.40 0.73 83.7% 88.2 MPH 2.52 3.15 .288
2015 40 A GRE 1 0 1.0 9.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 66.7% 9.00 1.20 .622
2015 40 MAJ BOS 43 0 40.3 10.49 2.01 5.22 0.67 0.55 79.4% 87.1 MPH 2.23 2.51 .273
2016 41 MAJ BOS 50 0 47.0 12.06 2.11 5.73 1.53 0.41 73% 86.7 MPH 3.45 3.56 .272
2017 42 MAJ CHC 27 0 25.3 9.95 2.49 4.00 0.36 0.69 70.8% 86.7 MPH 2.84 2.33 .281
Today's Projections     0 0 .4 7.66 2.14 3.58 1.83 75.7% 3.51 1.66 .212
Next 7 Days     0 0 2.9 8.10 2.45 3.31 1.87 74% 3.73 4.91 .215
Rest Of Season     0 0 35.2 8.85 2.37 3.73 1.90 75.5% 3.63 4.77 .221
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3-Year Averages     52 0 50.6 11.22 1.60 7.00 1.25 79.5% 2.67 3.04 .274
Career     414 12 463.0 10.69 1.42 7.53 1.05 77.9% 2.55 2.83 .268

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Koji Uehara Defensive Stats

Year Pos Inn PMFinal (?) EXP Tot (?) PM (?) AirPM (?) EPM (?) InnHome (?) PMH (?) InnLHP (?) PMLHP (?) LEFT (?) MID (?) RGHT (?)
2015 P 40.3 -1 2 -1 0 24 -1 0 0
2016 P 47 1 1 1 0 22 0 0 0
2017 P 25.3 1 2 1 0 16 1 0 0
Year Pos SHAL (?) MED (?) DEEP (?) CERS (?) SBRS (?) PSBRS (?) BRS (?) GDPRS (?) OFARS (?) GFPDMERS (?) PMRS (?) SZRS (?) TRS (?)
2015 P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016 P 0 -1 0 0 0 0 -1
2017 P 0 0 0 0 1 0 1

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2017 Stat Review for Koji Uehara    As compared to the top 100 relief pitchers in 2016 (min 55 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

A collection of stats that measure different skills.

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4.00 K/BB
GOOD
9.95 K/9
GOOD
2.49 BB/9
GOOD
86.7 MPH Fastball
TERRIBLE
0.4 HR/9
GREAT
0.69 GB/FB Ratio
MODERATE FLYBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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2.84 ERA
GOOD
0.99 WHIP
GREAT
2.33 FIP
ELITE
BABIP/Strand

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

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.281 BABIP
AVERAGE
70.8% Strand Rate
LOW

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Koji Uehara: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Uehara (1-3) was tagged with the loss Wednesday against the Padres. He allowed an earned run on a walk and hit over one inning of work.

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Uehara recorded his first save of the season in Thursday's win over the Reds. He pitched a scoreless inning with no hits allowed and two strikeouts.

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Uehara (0-2) was tagged with the loss Sunday against the Red Sox. He gave up three hits and three runs (two earned) without recording an out.

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Uehara recorded his second hold of the season in Tuesday's win over the Pirates. He pitched a scoreless inning, allowing one hit and striking out one.

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Uehara (0-1) was tagged with a blown save and the loss in Sunday's game against the Pirates. He didn't record an out and gave up three runs (two earned) on two hits and two walks.

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Uehara said he wants to pitch two more years at the MLB level, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.

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Uehara agreed to terms on a one-year, $6 million contract with the Cubs on Wednesday, ESPN.com's Jesse Rogers reports.

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Uehara signed a one-year, $4.5 million deal with the Cubs on Thursday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

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Uehara pitched a scoreless ninth to nail down the save in Sunday's 5-4 victory over the Yankees. He allowed a hit and struck out one.

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Red Sox manager John Farrell wants to use Uehara in a few low-leverage situations before pitching him in tight games, Christopher Smith of Mass Live reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2017

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2016

Uehara was cruising along in his third consecutive season as Bostonís closer in 2015 before getting struck be a grounder on his forearm that resulted in a non-displaced distal radius fracture, ending his season prematurely. Until that point, Uehara had a 2.23 ERA and 25 saves in 43 appearances. The 41-year-old right-hander is expected to make a full recovery and be ready for the start of the regular season, but heís no longer Bostonís closer. The Red Sox bullpen faltered last season and general manager Dave Dombrowskiís first rebuilding step was the acquisition of closer Craig Kimbrel from San Diego. That means Uehara drops down to a setup role, something heís comfortable with and has accepted after manager John Farrell discussed it with him following the Kimbrel deal. Without the closer job, Uehara obviously loses fantasy value, but heís maintained a high K/9 rate, which can be useful.

2015

Uehara followed up his dominant 2013 season with the same effectiveness last year, throwing strikes and wiping out batters with his splitter until things fell apart over the final two months (5.74 ERA after Aug. 1). What the Red Sox feared in 2013 when they originally signed Uehara, who has a history of shoulder woes, was overusing him. In 2013, he didn't become the full-time closer until June, so overuse wasn't an issue. In 2014, he started the season as the closer and experienced fatigue with the increased role. Even with his late struggles, Uehara struck out more than 30 percent of the batters he faced for the fifth consecutive year. The organization is fully confident in Uehara and re-signed him for two seasons. It will be interesting to see just how much his workload is reduced, however, as Edward Mujica should be positioned to handle the extra save opportunities that arise on days when Uehara is deemed to be unavailable.

2014

Uehara was Boston's regular-season MVP after stabilizing the closer job in June. He saved 21 games, was dominant against both righties and lefties and struck out a ridiculous 12.2 batters per nine innings. The plan in spring training was to avoid using him on back-to-back days because of a 2012 shoulder injury, which delayed the decision to give him a shot at closing, but he countered that by being an efficient strike-thrower and generally avoiding big pitch counts in his appearances. Uehara threw more innings last season than he has in any big league campaign, and it remains to be seen if that workload affects him at all in 2014, which is in part the reason Boston signed former Cardinals closer Edward Mujica. However, coming off his dominant 2013 campaign, Uehara will open this season as Boston's closer.

2013

Uehara battled a litany of injuries to begin the year, but was Texas' best reliever down the stretch as Mike Adams faded. His control remains outstanding, posting 43 strikeouts against just three walks in 36 innings. He's been among the AL elite for the past two years now, save for a minor blip late in 2011 where he served up a few long balls. Surprisingly, he didn't get a multi-year deal in free agency, instead landing in Boston for $4.5 million on a one-year deal. Should Joel Hanrahan falter, Uehara may be a candidate to move into the closer's role.

2012

Uehara pitched well for Texas after a deadline-deal with Baltimore, walking one and fanning 23 in 18 innings during the regular season (though five homers allowed in 18 innings bloated his ERA). He was touched for a homer in all three appearances in the postseason however, and it's led to some teams inquiring about his availability. Texas seems reluctant to move him, and he should return as the primary seventh-inning reliever bridging the gap to the Mike Adams/Joe Nathan duo. He continues to flash excellent control and miniscule WHIP figures, a trend that is expected to continue despite his postseason failures.

2011

After spending most of the first half of the season on the DL with an elbow injury, Uehara came back to pitch in the bullpen and turned in a fantastic season in 2010. He converted 13 of 15 save chances, turning in a 55:5 K:BB in the process. As an extreme strike-thrower, Uehara tends to be a little gopher-ball prone, but on the flip side those homers tend to be solo shots. He signed a one-year deal to return to the O's in the offseason, but his chances of serving as the full-time closer took a significant hit with the addition of Kevin Gregg.

2010

Uehara made 12 starts before his elbow wore down. He tried to rehab in time to pitch out of the bullpen in September, but things didn't work out. It seems Uehara wants to stick it out in the rotation in 2010 while the Orioles want to make him a reliever. Uehara was a closer for one season in Japan and was successful in the role. The Orioles are stockpiled with young starters so expect him to move to the bullpen, especially if any injuries arise. He would be a sleeper to close games.

2009

Uehara had a John Smoltz-like career path in recent seasons (rotation to closer and back again), but finished last season strong as a starter. The 34-year-old is expected to take over as the O's No. 2 starter behind Jeremy Guthrie, although he profiles more as a back of the rotation option according to many scouts. His 2008 numbers were rather pedestrian, but keep in mind that he was dealing with both a leg injury and a contentious relationship with the Yomiuri Giants, his team in the Japan Central League.

2008

Uehara had been one of Japan's best starters over the past several seasons (he was in Japan's rotation with Daisuke Matsuzaka at the 2006 WBC). However, when he went down with calf inflammation in training camp, Yomiuri moved him to the bullpen (supposedly on a temporary basis) to ease him back into action upon his return, and the team just kept him in the closer role, despite Uehara's wishes to move back into the rotation. Still, Uehara was a stunning success as a closer, saving 32 games in 36 chances and posting a 1.74 ERA and 0.820 WHIP in 55 games (47:4 K:BB ratio in 62 innings; yes, just four stinkin' walks all year). Uehara would like to leave Yomiuri and sign with an MLB team; he becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2008, and almost certainly, he'll try to sign with an MLB team for the 2009 season. Yomiuri signed Marc Kroon this winter, so they'll move Uehara back to the rotation, and likely work him hard since everyone knows he's not coming back. Still, in keeper leagues, he's well worth the roster spot.