Tomoyuki Sugano

34-Year-Old PitcherP
 Free Agent  Foreign
2024 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Tomoyuki Sugano in 2024. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Remaining in Japan
PFree Agent  F
December 4, 2021
Sugano will remain in Japan next season, Jason Coskrey of the Japan Times reports.
Sugano was posted prior to the 2021 season but failed to reach a deal with a major-league club despite the fact that he was coming off a season in which he recorded a 1.97 ERA and 0.88 WHIP. He wasn't quite as dominant in 2021, though his 3.19 ERA and 0.99 WHIP were both very strong marks. He'll turn 33 next October, so his opportunity to make the jump to the highest level may have passed him by.
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Padres making late push
PFree Agent  F
January 7, 2021
The Padres remain in talks with Sugano on Thursday, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
The Padres' interest in Sugano was believed to be cooling recently, but the team is in contact with the NPB star with just hours remaining before his deadline to sign. Sugano has a four-year offer from the Yomiuri Giants on the table with opt-out clauses after every season, and he's reportedly leaning toward returning to Japan since he likely won't be able to get his desired contract terms with an MLB club in 2021.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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.
A top pitcher for the Yomiuri Giants, he had a sparkling 189:26 K:BB performance last season.
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Return to MLB possible
PFree Agent  F
October 11, 2021
Sugano has earned his free-agent rights and can sign with an MLB team over the offseason, Jason Coskrey of the Japan Times reports.
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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.
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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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