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Kosuke Fukudome

36-Year-Old Outfielder – Free Agent

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: NO   BATS: L   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 0"   WT: 200   DOB: 4/26/1977   BORN: Osaki, Japan   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: No   Show ContractHide Contract

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Fukudome signed a three-year deal with the Hanshin Tigers in December of 2012.

December 26, 2012  –  Kosuke Fukudome News

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Fukudome will sign a three-year deal with the Hanshin Tigers, the Kyodo news service reports.

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Kosuke Fukudome 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 30 JPN JPN 81 427 348 64 79 35 22 0 13 48 5 2 69 66 0 4 6 .294 .443 .520 .963
2008 31 MAJ CHN 150 590 501 79 129 38 25 3 10 58 12 4 81 104 2 5 1 .257 .359 .379 .738
2009 32 MAJ CHN 146 603 499 79 129 54 38 5 11 54 6 10 93 112 3 5 3 .259 .375 .421 .796
2010 33 MAJ CHN 130 429 358 45 94 35 20 2 13 44 7 8 64 67 3 4 0 .263 .371 .439 .809
2011 34 MAJ CHC 87 345 293 33 80 20 15 2 3 13 2 2 46 57 5 0 1 .273 .374 .369 .743
2011 34 MAJ CLE 59 258 237 26 59 18 12 1 5 22 2 4 15 53 1 2 3 .249 .300 .371 .671
2011  (Multiple Teams) 34 MAJ CHC/CLE 146 603 530 59 139 38 27 3 8 35 4 6 61 110 6 2 4 .262 .342 .370 .712
2012 35 AAA Scr 39 166 127 17 35 8 5 1 2 16 1 1 37 25 0 1 1 .276 .440 .378 .818
2012 35 AAA Cha 4 16 13 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 4 0 0 0 .154 .313 .154 .467
2012 35 MAJ CWS 24 51 41 2 7 1 1 0 0 4 0 1 8 9 0 2 0 .171 .294 .195 .489
3-Year Averages MAJ   85 326 285 30 73 19 14 1 4 19 2 3 34 59 3 2 2 .256 .337 .354 .692
Career  (View All) MAJ   596 2276 1929 264 498 166 111 13 42 195 29 29 307 402 14 18 8 .258 .359 .395 .754

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Kosuke Fukudome: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2012 15 10 1 4 2
2011 141 13 131 1
2010 110 110
2009 140 113 44

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Kosuke Fukudome Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
201240010.250.250.583
2011130142111.262.369.674

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2012372030.162.189.478
2011400456243.263.370.723

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2012172000.000.000.261
2011281378251.295.452.825

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2012240040.292.333.655
2011249220103.225.277.583
Kosuke Fukudome 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 30 JPN JPN 427 348 16.2% 15.5% 1.05 81% .245 .226
2008 31 MAJ CHN 590 501 13.7% 17.6% 0.78 79% .307 .122
2009 32 MAJ CHN 603 499 15.4% 18.6% 0.83 78% .314 .162
2010 33 MAJ CHN 429 358 14.9% 15.6% 0.96 81% .291 .176
2011 34 MAJ CHC 345 293 13.3% 16.5% 0.81 81% .330 .096
2011 34 MAJ CLE 258 237 5.8% 20.5% 0.28 78% .302 .122
2011  (Multiple Teams) 34 MAJ CHC/CLE 603 530 10.1% 18.2% 0.55 79% .318 .108
2012 35 AAA Scr 166 127 22.3% 15.1% 1.48 80% .330 .102
2012 35 AAA Cha 16 13 18.8% 25% 0.75 69% .222 .000
2012 35 MAJ CWS 51 41 15.7% 17.6% 0.89 78% .219 .024
3-Year Averages MAJ   326 285 10.4% 18.1% 0.58 79% .311 .098
Career MAJ   2276 1929 13.5% 17.7% 0.76 79% .307 .137

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Career Batter vs. Pitcher Stats    (View All Matchup Data)

Best Matchups for Kosuke Fukudome (by OPS, min 5 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Jhoulys Chacin COL 5 3 1 2 2 0 0 .600 1.200 1.914
Mitchell Boggs CHI-A 5 3 0 1 2 0 0 .600 .800 1.514
Barry Enright PHI 7 3 1 1 3 3 0 .429 .857 1.457
Mike Leake CIN 9 5 0 0 1 1 0 .556 .778 1.378
Phil Humber OAK 10 4 1 3 1 3 1 .400 .700 1.155
Franklin Morales COL 6 2 0 1 1 2 0 .333 .667 1.095
Ian Kennedy SD 11 3 2 5 0 2 0 .273 .818 1.091
Mat Latos CIN 7 3 0 2 1 1 0 .429 .571 1.071
Aaron Harang ATL 24 9 1 2 4 4 0 .375 .583 1.048
Zack Greinke LA 6 2 0 1 0 2 0 .333 .667 1.000

Worst Matchups for Kosuke Fukudome (by OPS, min 5 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Felix Hernandez SEA 5 0 0 0 2 1 0 .000 .000 .286
Luke Hochevar KC 5 0 0 0 2 3 0 .000 .000 .286
Paul Maholm LA 8 1 0 0 0 1 0 .125 .125 .250
Matt Thornton NY-A 11 1 0 0 0 5 0 .091 .091 .182
Colby Lewis TEX 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .167
Ryan Vogelsong SF 5 0 0 0 1 2 0 .000 .000 .167
Chris Young SEA 5 0 0 0 1 2 0 .000 .000 .167
Joel Pineiro CHI-N 5 0 0 0 1 1 0 .000 .000 .167
Justin Verlander DET 6 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000 .000 .000
Jaime Garcia STL 5 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000

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Kosuke Fukudome: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Fukudome announced he will play in Japan in 2013, the Kyodo news service reports. He's in contract talks with the DeNA BayStars and the Hanshin Tigers.

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Three teams in Japan (the Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons and the DeNA BayStars) are interested in signing Fukudome, the Kyodo news service reports.

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The Yankees released Fukudome on Monday, Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's Director of Media Relations Mike Vander Woude reports.

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Fukudome was signed to a minor league deal and assigned to Triple A-Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Friday, reports Marc Carig of The Star-Ledger.

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Fukudome was released by the White Sox on Tuesday, according to ESPNChicago.

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Fukudome was designated for assignment Friday, the Chicago Tribune's Paul Sullivan reports.

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Fukudome (back) started a rehab assignment Monday with Triple-A Charlotte and went 1-for-2, the White Sox's official site reports.

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Fukudome (back) took batting practice Friday, and he is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment Monday, the Chicago Tribune reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

There was no outlook written for Kosuke Fukudome.

2012

Fukudome gave the Indians a warm body in the outfield after a midseason trade, but didn't give them the OBP boost they desperately needed. He hit .262/.342/.370 between the Cubs and Indians with just eight homers and that's a pretty good indication of his current skill set. The Indians' decision to bring back Grady Sizemore should end any talk of Fukudome returning as a free agent. He'll latch on somewhere but he may have to settle for a reserve role or at least a platoon where he will avoid lefties (career .692 OPS).

2011

While Fukudome hasn't justified the hype leading up to his 2008 signing, he hasn't been a complete bust, either. Over the last two seasons he's gotten on base at a .371 and .375 clip, respectively, slugged .439 and .421, played decent defense from a corner outfield spot and even spent time in center in 2009. Now in the last year of his deal, there's a decent chance the Cubs move him to open up full-time at-bats for Tyler Colvin, and eventually prospect Brett Jackson. For the time being, he's likely to start in right field, but yield frequently to Colvin. Low double-digit homers and a handful of steals are a good bet.

2010

Fukudome's 2009 was a slight improvement over his rookie year - he boosted his walk rate and on-base percentage (.375) and added a few more doubles to slug .421. That's pretty good for a stellar defensive center fielder, but Fukudome is average at best at the position and will be moved back to right this year where even an on-base heavy .800 OPS is subpar, especially for a player getting $12 million a year. There's also a chance the Cubs sit him against lefties, but his contract and on-base skills assure him 450-plus at-bats so long as he maintains his 2009 level.

2009

Fukudome's first season in the majors started off well enough with an .837 April OPS and stellar defense in right field. But his production declined as the year went on - he posted a meager .217/.314/.326 line in 175 at-bats after the All-Star break and was eventually benched. Heading into 2009, Fukudome's lucrative four-year deal ensures him some at-bats, though with Milton Bradley's arrival, Fukudome will likely get them in center field in the bigger half of a platoon with Reed Johnson. Given that Fukudome managed 10 homers and 12 steals despite his miserable second half and that he will hit in one of the National League's best lineups, he's probably a good gamble on draft day, as he's likely to come cheap.

2008

Fukudome, who started in center field for Japan at the 2006 WBC, won the batting title and MVP honors for Chunichi that season, hitting .351 with 31 homers in 130 games. However, in 2007, he went on the DL in July with an elbow injury and underwent season-ending surgery in August (.294/.443/.520, 13 homers in 81 games). Fukudome is expected to be ready for spring training. He'll remind you somewhat of Ichiro, with better on-base skills but less gap power. (He doesn't run much, averaging less than ten steals a year the last five seasons.) Defensively, he's better suited to play a corner outfield spot, and Cubs are penciling him in as their everyday right fielder after signing him in December.