Yoshihisa Hirano
Yoshihisa Hirano
35-Year-Old PitcherRP
Arizona Diamondbacks
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $6 million contract with the Diamondbacks in December of 2017.
Grabs save
PArizona Diamondbacks
April 18, 2019
Hirano allowed one hit and struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save Thursday against the Braves.
With Greg Holland pitching three times in the past four days, Hirano was called upon to secure the win Thursday against the Braves. He proved up to the task, earning his first save of the season. With Holland pitching well, Hirano's chances to close games don't figure to be frequent, though he appears to be second in line in scenarios where Holland is unavailable.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
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Since 2017vs Left .240 118 25 12 25 4 1 1
Since 2017vs Right .218 183 46 15 36 7 1 5
2019vs Left .455 14 3 2 5 0 0 0
2019vs Right .304 25 9 2 7 4 0 0
2018vs Left .215 104 22 10 20 4 1 1
2018vs Right .204 158 37 13 29 3 1 5
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Since 2017Home 3.60 1.23 35.0 1 2 0 8.5 3.3 1.3
Since 2017Away 2.06 1.14 39.1 4 2 4 8.7 3.2 0.2
2019Home 9.00 2.00 3.0 0 0 0 15.0 6.0 0.0
2019Away 3.60 2.00 5.0 1 1 1 12.6 3.6 0.0
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
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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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.
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
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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Picks up relief win
PArizona Diamondbacks
April 17, 2019
Hirano (1-1) allowed one hit and struck out one over 1.1 innings in Tuesday's 9-6 win over the Braves.
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No role change planned
PArizona Diamondbacks
April 8, 2019
Manager Torey Lovullo said he has no plan to stay away from Hirano in high-leverage situations, Richard Morin of the Arizona Republic reports.
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Tagged with loss, blown save
PArizona Diamondbacks
April 1, 2019
Hirano (0-1) allowed three runs (one earned) on two hits while striking out two and was credited with the loss in Sunday's 8-7 loss to the Dodgers.
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Doesn't win closer job
PArizona Diamondbacks
March 24, 2019
Hirano will fill a setup role this season with Greg Holland announced as the Diamondbacks' closer.
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In closer mix
PArizona Diamondbacks
March 23, 2019
Hirano is being considered for the closer role along with Archie Bradley and Greg Holland, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
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