Yusei Kikuchi
27-Year-Old PitcherSP
2019 Fantasy Outlook
A three-time All-Star in Japan (2013, 2017, 2018), Kikuchi was 14-4 with a 3.08 ERA, an 8.4 K/9 and a 2.5 BB/9 in 2018. He has a mid-90s fastball that he uses to set up a plus slider. While not regarded in quite the same star tier of Shohei Ohtani or Yu Darvish, the 27-year-old lefty still projects as at least a solid mid-rotation starter in MLB. Kikuchi signed a three-year, $43 million deal with the Mariners, with a $13 million player option for a fourth year and a team option for a four-year, $66 million extension after the first three years. He was dominant in 2017, logging 217 strikeouts in 187.2 innings -- both career highs. Kikuchi was similarly dominant in 2018 until a shoulder injury caused him to miss a month, and while he was able to return, he wasn't quite the same after that. He will be adapting to a new schedule where he'll pitch more frequently, so we should not expect the 6-foot hurler to log more than 160 innings on a rebuilding Mariners team. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a three-year, $43 million contract with the Mariners in January of 2019. The contract includes a $13 million player option for 2022, which can be voided by a four-year, $66 million team option.
Shortened start set for Friday
PSeattle Mariners
April 23, 2019
Kikuchi will serve as a one- or two-inning opener in Friday's start against the Rangers, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
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Friday's shortened start will be the first of several this season for Kikuchi as a part of the Mariners' maintenance program for his transition to the more demanding MLB schedule. Justus Sheffield will be called up from Triple-A Tacoma to follow Kikuchi and serve as the team's primary pitcher Friday.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-23%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-23%
BAA vs LHP
2018
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .217 23 5 0 5 0 1 0
Since 2017vs Right .283 115 18 8 30 6 0 5
2019vs Left .217 23 5 0 5 0 1 0
2019vs Right .283 115 18 8 30 6 0 5
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-28%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-28%
ERA at Home
2018
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 3.75 1.00 12.0 0 1 0 7.5 2.3 2.3
Since 2017Away 5.23 1.50 20.2 1 0 0 5.7 2.2 0.9
2019Home 3.75 1.00 12.0 0 1 0 7.5 2.3 2.3
2019Away 5.23 1.50 20.2 1 0 0 5.7 2.2 0.9
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Yusei Kikuchi compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
K/BB
2.88
 
K/9
6.3
 
BB/9
2.2
 
HR/9
1.4
 
Fastball
93.2 mph
 
ERA
4.68
 
WHIP
1.32
 
BABIP
.303
 
GB/FB
1.59
 
Strand %
68.4%
 
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2016 Fantasy Outlook
Kikuchi attracted attention as a high schooler for his hard fastball and stated desire to forego a pro career in Japan and jump straight to the majors. That didn't happen, and injuries have so far deterred him from reaching his potential. Still only 24, Kikuchi showed signs of improvement in 2015 and if he can put together a couple of healthy seasons, he could establish himself as a quality lefty.
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Escapes with unlikely victory
PSeattle Mariners
April 21, 2019
Kikuchi (1-1) allowed four earned runs on 10 hits and two walks over five innings in a win over the Angels on Saturday. He struck out three.
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Will make normal start Saturday
PSeattle Mariners
April 17, 2019
Kikuchi will make a normal start Saturday against the Angels, but will have his first "short" start in one of the two starts after that, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
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Yields three runs in loss
PSeattle Mariners
April 15, 2019
Kikuchi (0-1) allowed three runs on three walks and five hits in six innings while taking the loss against Cleveland on Monday. He struck out five batters and gave up a home run.
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Good to go for start
PSeattle Mariners
April 15, 2019
Kikuchi (calf) will make his next scheduled start Monday against the Indians.
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Experiences calf cramps
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Calf
April 10, 2019
Kikuchi exited Wednesday's start against the Royals after six innings with left calf cramps, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. He did not factor in the decision and allowed three runs on five hits and one walk while recording three strikeouts.
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