Tomoyuki Sugano
31-Year-Old PitcherRP
 Free Agent  Foreign
2021 Fantasy Outlook
The past few Japanese import pitchers may have failed to make much of a mark, but Sugano's 2.32 career NPB ERA looks a lot more like Masahiro Tanaka (2.30) or Kenta Maeda (2.39) than Shun Yamaguchi (3.35) or even Yusei Kikuchi (2.77). The 31-year-old has established himself as one of the top pitchers in his home country over the course of his eight-year career, riding excellent command (seen in his career 4.9 BB%) and a full repertoire to a pair of Eiji Sawamura Awards, Japan's Cy Young equivalent. While his age means he doesn't have too many peak seasons left, he hasn't shown any signs of slowing down, posting a 1.97 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 24.6 K% in 2020. A repeat of his NPB numbers is too much to ask given the step up in competition, but he looks quite likely to be at minimum a mid-rotation option for a few years, with the potential for something more. Read Past Outlooks
Returning to Japan
PFree Agent  F
January 7, 2021
Sugano didn't reach a deal before his posting window expired Thursday, Jeff Passan of reports.
Sugano drew interest from several MLB teams after he was posted in early December, but he was unable to agree to terms, even after the Padres made a late push for the right-hander. He'll return to Nippon Professional Baseball's Yomiuri Giants in 2021, but Sugano will be eligible to be posted again prior to the 2022 season. The 31-year-old was dominant during the abbreviated 2020 NPB season, posting a 1.97 ERA and 0.89 WHIP over 137.1 innings.
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Formally posted by NPB team
PFree Agent  F
December 7, 2020
Sugano will be able to negotiate a contract with MLB teams beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday after Nippon Professional Baseball's Yomiuri Giants agreed to post the right-handed pitcher, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.
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Set to be posted
PFree Agent  F
November 25, 2020
Sugano is expected to be posted by the Yomiuri Giants of Nippon Professional Baseball within the next two weeks, making him available to sign with MLB clubs, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.
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