Masataka Yoshida

Masataka Yoshida

30-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Boston Red Sox
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Yoshida's first season in MLB came mostly as advertised. His exceptional contact rate carried over, but the rest of his game is still a work in progress. Yoshida recorded ample homers and steals to have reasonable hopes he improves in his second season. An area he can improve immediately is on-base skills. In Japan, Yoshida routinely posted double-digit walk rates, but he worked a free pass just 5.9% of the time in his rookie campaign. Only six of his 15 homers came at home, though 21 of his 33 doubles were in Fenway Park. This makes sense since Yoshida's flyball rate was just 26.9 percent. He swiped eight bases, but wasn't caught, suggesting he could run a little more. Yoshida's defense in left field was below par, which is an issue since his bat doesn't play as a full-time designated hitter. Still, Boston will continue to play Yoshida nearly every day, sitting him against some southpaws despite displaying limited platoon splits. He offers a strong batting average floor, with 20 homers and 15 stolen base upside. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#177
ADP
$Signed a five-year, $90 million contract with the Red Sox in December of 2022.
Sitting in second straight
OFBoston Red Sox
April 18, 2024
Yoshida is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Guardians, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The lefty-hitting Yoshida now finds himself out of the lineup for the second day in a row, with both absences coming against right-handed pitchers. While the Red Sox haven't indicated that Yoshida is dealing with an injury, the consecutive absences as Boston has played shorthanded in Cleveland with both Tyler O'Neill (forehead) and Rafael Devers (knee) missing time suggests the 30-year-old might be banged up to some degree. Even if the Red Sox don't provide an update on Yoshida following Thursday's game, fantasy managers will still want to keep tabs on his status heading into this weekend's series in Pittsburgh.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
4
1
5
3
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+5%
OPS vs RHP
2024
 
 
+13%
OPS vs LHP
2023
 
 
+7%
OPS vs RHP
2022
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022vs Left .735 162 16 4 23 1 .264 .340 .396
Since 2022vs Right .770 494 63 12 57 7 .286 .332 .438
2024vs Left .653 18 2 1 4 0 .188 .278 .375
2024vs Right .580 58 6 0 4 0 .231 .310 .269
2023vs Left .746 144 14 3 19 1 .273 .347 .398
2023vs Right .795 436 57 12 53 7 .293 .335 .460
2022vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+9%
OPS at Home
2024
 
 
+38%
OPS on Road
2023
 
 
+13%
OPS at Home
2022
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022Home .797 311 44 7 41 4 .293 .344 .453
Since 2022Away .730 345 35 9 39 4 .270 .325 .406
2024Home .493 33 2 1 5 0 .188 .212 .281
2024Away .678 43 6 0 3 0 .250 .372 .306
2023Home .834 278 42 6 36 4 .306 .360 .475
2023Away .736 302 29 9 36 4 .273 .318 .418
2022Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Masataka Yoshida compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. 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 and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as 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.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.55
 
BB Rate
7.9%
 
K Rate
14.5%
 
BABIP
.250
 
ISO
.074
 
AVG
.221
 
OBP
.303
 
SLG
.294
 
OPS
.597
 
wOBA
.275
 
Exit Velocity
88.2 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
26.3%
 
Barrels/PA
2.6%
 
Expected BA
.237
 
Expected SLG
.345
 
Sprint Speed
22.7 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
47.4%
 
Line Drive %
19.3%
 
Fly Ball %
33.3%
 
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Significant action at DH coming
OFBoston Red Sox
February 14, 2024
According to Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe, manager Alex Cora indicated Tuesday that Yoshida will see the most at-bats at designated hitter among Boston's outfielders.
ANALYSIS
The Japanese outfielder made 49 of his 140 appearances at designated hitter last season and posted minus-seven Outs Above Average over 713.1 frames in left field, so it's not exactly a surprise he'll see less time in the field with Justin Turner having moved on. Yoshida's first year stateside was solid offensively, however, as he finished with a 15 home runs and a .289/.338/.445 slash line in 580 plate appearances.
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2023 Fantasy Outlook
Yoshida's appeal to the Red Sox, who signed him to a five-year, $90 million deal, likely centered around his ability to make contact. Across seven NPB seasons, the outfielder struck out just 9.4 percent of the time and hit .327. Those numbers were even better last year, when he rode an 8.1 K% to a .335/.447/.561 slash line and helped the Orix Buffaloes to a title. That contact ability should help him produce a solid or better average against MLB pitching, but whether he'll do enough else to live up to that free agent contract remains a question, as he offers very little with his glove and legs. His outstanding on-base ability could get him there, as he finished second among qualified NPB hitters in both strikeout rate and walk rate (15.7%) last season. He also has decent enough power, averaging 22 homers across the last five years, but it's possible he is more of a 10-to-15 homer guy against MLB pitching. His contract guarantees him significant playing time early on with Boston, but Yoshida is not a sure thing beyond his ability to hit for a high average.
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Resting Wednesday
OFBoston Red Sox
April 17, 2024
Yoshida isn't in the Red Sox's lineup for Wednesday's game against the Guardians, Christopher Smith of The Springfield Republican reports.
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Not in lineup Saturday
OFBoston Red Sox
April 6, 2024
Yoshida isn't in Boston's lineup for Saturday's game against the Angels.
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Heads to bench Tuesday
OFBoston Red Sox
April 2, 2024
Yoshida is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Athletics, Gabrielle Starr of the Boston Herald reports.
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Seeing time in OF
OFBoston Red Sox
March 24, 2024
Yoshida started in left field and went 1-for-4 in Saturday's spring game against Minnesota.
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Underwent jaw surgery last fall
OFBoston Red Sox
February 29, 2024
Yoshida revealed recently that he underwent surgery last fall on his jaw to correct temporomandibular joint dysfunction, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports.
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