Yoshihisa Hirano
Yoshihisa Hirano
36-Year-Old PitcherRP
Seattle Mariners
Covid-19
Injury Illness
Est. Return 8/11/2020
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.
Continues building up in Arizona
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Illness
August 4, 2020
Hirano (illness) remains at the Mariners' spring training facility in Peoria, Arizona for the moment, where he continues throwing bullpen sessions in an effort to build up his arm, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
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The veteran reliever's bout with COVID-19 earlier in the summer put him significantly behind the curve in building his arm back up, so Hirano is in the midst of playing catch-up at the moment. The 36-year-old, who's thought to be in line for save opportunities whenever he does make it to the big-league roster, will transition to the Mariners' alternate training site in Tacoma when he's ready to face live hitters.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-3%
BAA vs RHP
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2019
 
 
-1%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-5%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .232 204 50 20 42 5 1 5
Since 2018vs Right .224 291 70 25 58 11 1 8
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 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
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-8%
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-41%
ERA at Home
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-41%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 3.32 1.14 59.2 4 4 0 9.4 3.2 1.4
Since 2018Away 3.62 1.29 59.2 5 4 4 8.7 3.6 0.6
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 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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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2018
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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Slated for bullpen Thursday
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Illness
July 30, 2020
Hirano (illness) is scheduled to throw his first bullpen session at the Mariners' spring training facility in Peoria, Arizona on Thursday, Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports.
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Arrives at summer training
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Illness
July 19, 2020
Hirano (illness) cleared MLB's COVID-19 protocols and reported to the team facility Saturday, The Japan Times reports.
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IL move due to positive COVID test
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Illness
July 15, 2020
Hirano told the Kyodo News on Tuesday that his placement on the injured list was the result of a positive COVID-19 test.
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Moves to injured list
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Undisclosed
July 14, 2020
Hirano was placed on the injured list Tuesday for unspecified reasons.
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Not present for camp
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Undisclosed
July 13, 2020
Hirano had yet to report to the Mariners' summer camp as of Monday due to an unspecified reason, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
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