Yoshihisa Hirano
Yoshihisa Hirano
34-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
$Signed a two-year, $6 million contract with the Diamondbacks in December of 2017.
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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Hirano tossed three scoreless spring innings while Holland allowed five runs in 3.2 frames, but Holland nevertheless got the job. Hirano always appeared to be a long shot, so the bigger surprise is that Holland also beat out Archie Bradley for the job. It's unclear whether Hirano or Bradley is next in line.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-5%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-5%
BAA vs RHP
2017
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2016
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .215 104 22 10 20 4 1 1
Since 2016vs Right .204 158 37 13 29 3 1 5
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
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-41%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-41%
ERA on Road
2017
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2016
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2016Home 3.09 1.16 32.0 1 2 0 7.9 3.1 1.4
Since 2016Away 1.83 1.02 34.1 3 1 3 8.1 3.1 0.3
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
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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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.
K/BB
2.57
 
K/9
8.0
 
BB/9
3.1
 
HR/9
0.8
 
Fastball
91.4 mph
 
ERA
2.44
 
WHIP
1.09
 
BABIP
.251
 
GB/FB
1.60
 
Strand %
81.8%
 
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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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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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Makes second spring appearance
PArizona Diamondbacks
March 9, 2019
Hirano walked one over a scoreless inning in Friday's game against the Brewers.
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Not frontrunner for saves
PArizona Diamondbacks
December 17, 2018
Manager Torey Lovullo acknowledged last week that Hirano would likely rank behind Archie Bradley in the pecking order for saves heading into spring training, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports. "Personally, I think if you were going to come up here and arm wrestle me and force me to give you a decision, I'll probably start with Archie Bradley as the extreme back end of the equation," Lovullo said.
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Records third save
PArizona Diamondbacks
September 29, 2018
Hirano struck out one in a perfect ninth inning to record the save against the Padres on Saturday.
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Roughed up in non-save situation
PArizona Diamondbacks
September 25, 2018
Hirano retired only two of the six batters he faced in Monday's 7-4 loss to the Dodgers and was charged with three earned runs on two hits and two walks. He also threw a pair of wild pitches.
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