Yoshi Tsutsugo
Yoshi Tsutsugo
28-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Tampa Bay Rays
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Tsutsugo, who inked a two-year, $12 million deal with the Rays this offseason, has been one of Japan's top power hitters with 29 home runs last season and 38 in 2018. He led Team Japan in the 2017 World Baseball Classic with a 1.113 OPS and has had an OPS of .899 or better while averaging 35 home runs the past four seasons in NPB. He had a 15.7 BB% last season and has a career .382 OBP. His 25.3 K% last season was well up from the 18.4 K% he logged in 2018, which is mildly concerning. Tsutsugo impressed the Rays in a private workout at the Winter Meetings, so they acted fast to acquire his left-handed power bat. Designated hitter, left field and third base are the positions they plan to try him at. Tampa Bay is not in the habit of handing out bad contracts, especially to bat-first players. The playing time should be there, and while he may not hit for a high average, he could be an asset in HR, RBI and OBP. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $12 million contract with the Rays in December of 2019.
On bench Wednesday
OFTampa Bay Rays
August 5, 2020
Tsutsugo will sit Wednesday against Boston.
ANALYSIS
Tsutsugo is at least slightly more than a platoon option for the Rays this season, though he's only started against two of the five lefties they've faced thus far. Mike Brosseau starts in left field Wednesday.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
5
1
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+98%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+98%
OPS vs LHP
2019
No Stats
2018
No Stats
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .879 12 1 1 2 0 .273 .333 .545
Since 2018vs Right .443 29 5 0 4 0 .125 .276 .167
2020vs Left .879 12 1 1 2 0 .273 .333 .545
2020vs Right .443 29 5 0 4 0 .125 .276 .167
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+47%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+47%
OPS at Home
2019
No Stats
2018
No Stats
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .652 27 5 1 5 0 .182 .333 .318
Since 2018Away .445 14 1 0 1 0 .154 .214 .231
2020Home .652 27 5 1 5 0 .182 .333 .318
2020Away .445 14 1 0 1 0 .154 .214 .231
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Yoshi Tsutsugo compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. 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.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.50
 
BB Rate
12.2%
 
K Rate
24.4%
 
BABIP
.208
 
ISO
.114
 
AVG
.171
 
OBP
.293
 
SLG
.286
 
OPS
.578
 
wOBA
.271
 
Exit Velocity
79.8 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
40.0%
 
Barrels/PA
2.6%
 
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2016 Fantasy Outlook
After spending a couple years on the horizon, Tsutsugoh broke out in 2014 after transitioning to the outfield, and hasn't looked back. He followed up a solid .300/.373/.529 with a better .317/.400/.522 line in 2015, improving his contact skills and his ability to drive the ball. Tsutsugoh has realistic 40 homer upside (in Japan), and has MLB aspirations dating back to his high school days.
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Sitting versus lefty
OFTampa Bay Rays
August 2, 2020
Tsutsugo is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Orioles.
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Heads to bench
OFTampa Bay Rays
July 30, 2020
Tsutsugo is not in the lineup Thursday against the Braves, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
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Collects two RBI
OFTampa Bay Rays
July 28, 2020
Tsutsugo went 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI during Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Braves.
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Out of Sunday's lineup
OFTampa Bay Rays
July 26, 2020
Tsutsugo is not in the lineup for Sunday's matchup against the Blue Jays.
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Homers in MLB debut
OFTampa Bay Rays
July 24, 2020
Tsutsugo went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Friday's loss to the Blue Jays.
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