Hirokazu Sawamura

34-Year-Old PitcherRP
 Free Agent  
2023 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Hirokazu Sawamura in 2023. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a two-year, $4 million contract with the Red Sox in February of 2021. Released by the Red Sox in September of 2022.
Sent packing by Boston
PFree Agent  
September 11, 2022
Sawamura was released by the Red Sox on Sunday, Christopher Smith of The Springfield Republican reports.
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Sawamura was sent to Triple-A Worcester after clearing waivers in late August, but the Red Sox ultimately decided to let him pursue opportunities elsewhere. He'll receive $1 million as part of his buyout with Boston. Sawamura has appeared in 104 big-league games and has logged a 3.39 ERA while striking out nearly a batter per inning, so he could garner interest from several clubs.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
17
Last 10 Games
18
Last 5 Games
22
How many pitches does Hirokazu Sawamura generally throw?
 
1-10
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
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121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Hirokazu Sawamura generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-18%
BAA vs LHP
2022
 
 
-30%
BAA vs LHP
2021
 
 
-6%
BAA vs LHP
2020
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .202 152 35 26 25 7 0 4
Since 2020vs Right .247 302 66 33 65 13 0 9
2022vs Left .188 83 17 12 13 3 0 2
2022vs Right .267 138 23 15 32 4 0 2
2021vs Left .218 69 18 14 12 4 0 2
2021vs Right .231 164 43 18 33 9 0 7
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-36%
ERA on Road
2022
 
 
-86%
ERA on Road
2021
 
 
-48%
ERA at Home
2020
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2020Home 4.07 1.64 55.1 5 0 0 8.6 5.7 0.5
Since 2020Away 2.61 1.20 48.1 1 2 0 8.9 4.5 1.9
2022Home 5.83 1.81 29.1 1 0 0 6.8 5.8 0.6
2022Away 0.84 0.89 21.1 0 1 0 7.6 3.4 0.8
2021Home 2.08 1.46 26.0 4 0 0 10.7 5.5 0.3
2021Away 4.00 1.44 27.0 1 1 0 10.0 5.3 2.7
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Hirokazu Sawamura 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
1.48
 
K/9
7.1
 
BB/9
4.8
 
HR/9
0.7
 
Fastball
96.0 mph
 
ERA
3.73
 
WHIP
1.42
 
BABIP
.285
 
GB/FB
1.95
 
Left On Base
73.8%
 
Exit Velocity
82.5 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
4.6%
 
Spin Rate
1927 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
27.9%
 
Swinging Strike
11.2%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2022
2021
Sawamura made his way to the majors in 2021 after a 10-year professional career in Japan with 75 career saves. Armed with a mid-90s fastball (45% pitch %), effective split finger (39%) and slider (15%), the 33-year-old primarily pitched in middle relief for the Red Sox. The right-hander went 5-1 with a 3.06 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 11 holds over 53 innings, though his 4.24 xERA and 4.99 FIP suggests he was a bit lucky. Long balls were a concern (1.5 HR/9) as a result of Sawamura throwing his fastball too far down in the zone, though he did compensate for it with a 51.8% groundball rate. Sawamura will need a strong spring to earn a higher-leverage role with Boston. There's a possibility he enters the mix for saves if manager Alex Cora deploys a closer committee again, but he'll likely need to cut his 13.7% walk rate in half to draw consideration.
Sawamura spent the entirety of his professional career playing in the Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan, but he'll make his way to the majors in 2021. Sawamura had a 3.05 ERA and 42:28 K:BB over 41.1 innings last season and recorded 73 saves between the 2015 and 2016 campaigns. He figures to start out in middle relief for the Red Sox but could earn his way into a higher-leverage role.
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Clears waivers
PBoston Red Sox  
August 31, 2022
The Red Sox outrighted Sawamura to Triple-A Worcester on Wednesday, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
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DFA'd by Boston
PBoston Red Sox  
August 28, 2022
Sawamura was designated for assignment by the Red Sox on Sunday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
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Back in big-league bullpen
PBoston Red Sox  
May 30, 2022
Sawamura was recalled from Triple-A Worcester on Monday.
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Optioned to Worcester
PBoston Red Sox  
May 28, 2022
Sawamura was optioned to Triple-A Worcester on Saturday.
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Takes loss in 10th inning
PBoston Red Sox  
May 1, 2022
Sawamura (0-1) was tagged with Saturday's extra-inning loss to Baltimore without getting an out. He gave up one unearned run on a walk and his own throwing error.
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