Yoshihisa Hirano
Yoshihisa Hirano
36-Year-Old PitcherRP
Seattle Mariners
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Hirano entered the season as a potential closing candidate in Arizona after finishing 2018 with a strong 2.44 ERA. He wasn't able to live up to the hype in his second season stateside, however, finishing with just one save and a 4.75 ERA in 53 innings of work. He also missed some time with elbow inflammation, though he returned for seven appearances in September, so that likely won't be a worry heading into this year. Despite the downturn in his ERA, 2019 wasn't a completely negative season for Hirano, as his strikeout rate did increase from 22.5% to 26.2%. He lost some of his ability to keep the ball on the ground, though, with his groundball rate falling from 50.3% to 44.4%. Hirano still appears to be good enough to hold down a bullpen spot, but he's not a particularly strong candidate for high-leverage work and is unlikely to add many saves to his total this season. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Mariners in January of 2020.
Dodges danger for save
PSeattle Mariners
September 19, 2020
Hirano allowed three hits in a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save in Saturday's 4-1 win over the Padres. He struck out none.
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Hirano allowed the first three batters to reach via singles, but he got Jake Cronenworth to ground into a double play before retiring Jurickson Profar on a groundout as well. Hirano has picked up all three of his saves in his last five outings. The 36-year-old has a 2.70 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and eight strikeouts across 10 innings this season.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
18
Last 10 Games
18
Last 5 Games
15
How many pitches does Yoshihisa Hirano generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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81-90
 
91-100
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Yoshihisa Hirano generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-1%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-41%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-1%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-5%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .231 233 55 22 48 5 1 6
Since 2018vs Right .233 312 74 28 64 11 1 8
2020vs Left .222 29 5 2 6 0 0 1
2020vs Right .375 21 4 3 6 0 0 0
2019vs Left .250 100 28 10 22 1 0 4
2019vs Right .248 133 33 12 29 8 0 3
2018vs Left .215 104 22 10 20 4 1 1
2018vs Right .204 158 37 13 29 3 1 5
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-8%
ERA on Road
2020
 
 
-100%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-41%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-41%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 3.53 1.16 63.2 4 4 2 9.6 3.1 1.4
Since 2018Away 3.24 1.32 66.2 5 4 5 8.2 3.8 0.5
2020Home 6.75 1.50 4.0 0 0 2 13.5 2.3 2.3
2020Away 0.00 1.57 7.0 0 0 1 3.9 5.1 0.0
2019Home 3.58 1.12 27.2 3 2 0 11.1 3.3 1.3
2019Away 6.04 1.66 25.1 2 3 1 9.6 4.3 1.1
2018Home 3.09 1.16 32.0 1 2 0 7.9 3.1 1.4
2018Away 1.83 1.02 34.1 3 1 3 8.1 3.1 0.3
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Stat Review
How does Yoshihisa Hirano compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 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.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in 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.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
1.80
 
K/9
7.4
 
BB/9
4.1
 
HR/9
0.8
 
Fastball
90.0 mph
 
ERA
2.45
 
WHIP
1.55
 
BABIP
.333
 
GB/FB
2.38
 
Left On Base
83.3%
 
Exit Velocity
80.9 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
1.6%
 
Spin Rate
1573 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
16.4%
 
Swinging Strike
13.5%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Arizona brought Hirano over from Japan before the 2018 season, and he impressed in his first big-league campaign. The sparkling ERA may oversell his performance a little bit, as "Yoshi San" punched out just 8.0 batters per nine. He relied more so on the groundball -- his splitter helped him force a 50.3% groundball rate. Hirano tunnels it well with his four-seamer from a three-quarters delivery to bolster the deception, hence his 12.2% swinging-strike rate last year. Given this effective (if atypical for a back-end arm) approach, the 35-year-old will likely at least hover around the Diamondbacks' saves picture for much of the season. However, Archie Bradley seems to have the inside track to that job, so Hirano will likely begin the season in a setup capacity. Include him on the list of closers in waiting, should Bradley get hurt, traded or struggle in the ninth.
Hirano signed a two-year deal with Arizona after serving as the closer for the Orix Buffaloes in Japan the last five seasons. Hirano isn't overpowering (mid-to-low 90s fastball) but has good control and generates groundballs. Last year he had a 2.98 ERA with a 7.4 K/9 and 2.5 BB/9 and 29 saves. However, he's 34 years old and has seen his strikeout rate decline each of the last three seasons. He'll likely work as a setup man but could challenge for the closer role.
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Notches second save
PSeattle Mariners
September 15, 2020
Hirano struck out one in a scoreless seventh inning to record his second save of the season during a 6-5 win over the A's in the first game of Monday's doubleheader.
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Snags first save
PSeattle Mariners
September 6, 2020
Hirano allowed a solo homer in the ninth inning Sunday but still earned the save against the Rangers. He struck out three batters.
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Full-time closer moving forward?
PSeattle Mariners
September 1, 2020
Hirano, who's logged four relief appearances since his delayed season debut, is the likeliest candidate to see the majority of the save chances with the trade of Taylor Williams to the Padres on Monday.
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Grabs first hold
PSeattle Mariners
August 26, 2020
Hirano was credited with his first hold of the season in a win over the Padres on Tuesday, firing a scoreless sixth inning during which he allowed no hits and one walk.
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Works one inning in '20 debut
PSeattle Mariners
August 23, 2020
Hirano, activated from the injured list Friday, fired a scoreless ninth inning in a win over the Rangers on Saturday, recording two strikeouts.
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