Yusei Kikuchi
P | Bats/Throws: L/L | 6' 0" 210LBS | Age: 32
W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2022 6 7 5.19 32 20 1 100.2 124 1.50
2023 11 6 3.86 32 32 0 167.2 181 1.27
2024 0 1 2.30 3 3 0 15.2 20 1.28
6 Seasons 32 38 4.65 137 125 1 649.2 651 1.38
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2022 32 6-7 5.19 100.2 124 1.50
2023 32 11-6 3.86 167.2 181 1.27
2024 3 0-1 2.30 15.2 20 1.28
6 Seasons 137 32-38 4.65 649.2 651 1.38
MLB Percentile Rankings
Pitch Distribution

Statcast Statistics

Season Age Pitches Batted
Balls
Barrels Barrel % Barrel/PA Exit
Velocity
Max EV Launch
Angle
Sweet
Spot %
XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON HardHit% K% BB% ERA xERA
2019 28 2721 549 42 7.7 5.8 89.2 115.1 12.3 32.1 .278 .477 .368 .345 .384 39.1 16.1 6.9 5.46 5.37
2020 29 795 127 5 3.9 2.6 89.4 112.1 4.3 29.1 .227 .319 .299 .282 .321 36.2 24.2 10.3 5.17 3.33
2021 30 2562 436 48 11.0 7.2 91.9 115.5 7.9 37.4 .261 .463 .325 .346 .423 47.0 24.5 9.3 4.41 5.19
2022 31 1843 263 39 14.8 8.6 91.6 117.0 10.0 38.0 .247 .463 .367 .361 .448 47.9 27.3 12.8 5.18 5.63
2023 32 2818 467 42 9.0 6.0 90.5 114.1 13.3 37.7 .249 .434 .319 .319 .401 42.4 25.9 6.9 3.87 4.30
2024 33 275 38 2 5.3 3.1 84.8 112.8 9.1 31.6 .194 .296 .275 .263 .320 34.2 30.8 10.8 2.30 2.72
Player 11014 1880 178 9.5 6.4 90.4 117.0 10.6 35.3 .256 .445 .338 .335 .401 42.7 23.3 8.8
MLB 6.9 4.7 88.4 122.4 12.2 33.1 .245 .406 .316 .315 .368 36.3 22.1 8.4
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Kikuchi relies on 4 pitches.
Four Seamer
(48.0%) ,
Curveball
(24.4%) ,
Slider
(18.9%) ,
Changeup
(8.7%) ,


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Pitch Tracking



Batted Ball Profile

Season GB % FB % LD % PU % Pull % Straight % Oppo % Weak % Topped % Under % Flare/Burner % Solid % Barrel % Barrel/PA
2019 44.8 21.9 25.1 8.2 38.1 33.5 28.4 2.4 33.5 23.1 25.1 5.3 7.7 5.8
2020 52.8 16.5 26.8 3.9 44.1 26.0 29.9 4.7 39.4 23.6 26.0 2.4 3.9 2.6
2021 49.8 22.0 25.2 3.0 35.8 42.0 22.2 2.5 37.4 18.3 25.5 4.8 11.0 7.2
2022 44.5 24.0 25.9 5.7 44.9 36.5 18.6 2.7 33.1 15.2 27.0 6.5 14.8 8.6
2023 40.0 25.5 26.1 8.4 38.1 32.8 29.1 3.2 30.4 24.4 25.9 6.9 9.0 6.0
2024 57.9 15.8 15.8 10.5 31.6 47.4 21.1 7.9 42.1 18.4 23.7 2.6 5.3 3.1
Player 45.5 22.6 25.4 6.4 38.8 35.5 25.7 2.9 34.1 21.2 25.7 5.5 9.5 6.4
MLB 44.6 23.5 24.8 7.0 37.0 37.5 25.3 3.9 32.8 24.7 24.4 5.8 6.9 4.7
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Pitch Movement


How this works: Every pitch is affected by the forces of gravity, which means that every pitch drops on its way from the mound to the plate. These numbers are reported with gravity, which makes them larger and different than other pitch movement numbers you may have seen. Since gravity requires time, and slower pitches aren’t ‘better’ just because they have more time to move, the movement of a pitch is compared to ‘average’ movement by comparing it to other MLB pitch types within +/- 2 MPH and from within +/- 0.5 feet of extension and release.
Vertical Movement (inches) Horizontal Movement (inches)
Year Pitch Team Hand # MPH Inches of Drop vs Avg % vs Avg Inches of Break vs Avg % Break vs Avg
2024 Slider TOR L 52 89.3 29.3 -2.3 -7 2.6 -0.7 -20
2024 Changeup TOR L 24 86.8 29.1 -3.2 -10 13.7 -1.3 -9
2024 4-Seam Fastball TOR L 132 95.4 12.8 1.7 12 8.1 -0.6 -7
2024 Curveball TOR L 66 83.9 41.3 -5.7 -12 4.6 -2.0 -30
2023 Slider TOR L 731 88.7 31.5 -0.6 -2 2.5 -1.6 -40
2023 4-Seam Fastball TOR L 1,271 95.1 14.3 1.0 7 9.8 1.4 17
2023 Curveball TOR L 543 83.1 43.1 -4.5 -9 6.1 -1.9 -23
2023 Changeup TOR L 272 88.7 27.4 -2.5 -8 9.0 -5.5 -38
2022 Changeup TOR L 247 87.0 28.1 -2.2 -7 10.4 -4.2 -28
2022 Curveball TOR L 6 85.2 36.8 -8.7 -19 2.6 -3.5 -57
2022 Cutter TOR L 99 91.1 21.9 2.2 9 0.3 -2.4 -113
2022 4-Seam Fastball TOR L 932 94.9 13.6 1.2 8 11.5 3.2 38
2022 Slider TOR L 559 86.6 34.5 0.1 0 3.1 -1.7 -36
2021 Cutter SEA L 894 91.3 23.1 0.4 2 0.0 -1.6 -102
2021 4-Seam Fastball SEA L 914 95.1 14.0 0.4 3 10.2 2.2 27
2021 Changeup SEA L 269 86.2 31.2 1.3 4 10.6 -3.2 -23
2021 Slider SEA L 484 82.5 43.0 3.6 9 2.6 -3.9 -60
2020 Cutter SEA L 317 92.1 22.9 0.2 1 1.1 -1.0 -47
2020 4-Seam Fastball SEA L 299 95.0 12.1 2.1 15 6.5 -1.0 -13
2020 Changeup SEA L 50 86.8 29.3 0.2 1 10.8 -2.3 -17
2020 Slider SEA L 127 83.3 40.7 1.6 4 1.6 -4.1 -72
2019 Slider SEA L 736 86.0 34.0 -0.8 -2 3.5 -0.7 -16
2019 Curveball SEA L 406 75.0 63.7 2.7 4 6.9 -4.0 -37
2019 4-Seam Fastball SEA L 1,286 92.5 16.1 0.0 0 5.7 -1.5 -21
2019 Changeup SEA L 200 84.5 29.1 -1.5 -5 11.5 -2.0 -15
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
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Run Values by Pitch Type

Year Pitch Type Team RV/100 Run Value Pitches % PA BA SLG wOBA Whiff% K% PutAway % xBA xSLG xwOBA Hard Hit %
2024 4-Seam Fastball 0.4 1 132 48.0 27 .320 .440 .359 26.2 33.3 23.7 .227 .369 .288 43.8
2024 Curveball 4.1 3 67 24.4 13 .000 .000 .054 32.1 38.5 27.8 .082 .094 .124 0.0
2024 Slider 1.0 1 52 18.9 19 .267 .267 .337 20.7 21.1 19.0 .210 .346 .335 45.5
2024 Changeup 0.2 0 24 8.7 6 .167 .167 .150 28.6 33.3 22.2 .237 .275 .221 25.0
2023 4-Seam Fastball 0.1 2 1,271 45.1 250 .270 .412 .336 26.8 25.6 19.0 .240 .404 .312 46.6
2023 Slider 1.0 8 731 25.9 249 .225 .396 .302 30.2 29.7 24.0 .251 .460 .334 41.6
2023 Curveball 0.3 1 543 19.3 140 .284 .463 .343 30.7 24.3 25.4 .266 .415 .307 37.0
2023 Changeup -1.0 -3 272 9.7 61 .254 .508 .348 19.3 14.8 12.9 .234 .493 .317 42.0
2022 4-Seam Fastball -1.3 -12 932 50.6 184 .252 .497 .393 26.6 23.4 20.9 .275 .562 .424 52.8
2022 Slider -1.3 -8 559 30.3 171 .289 .612 .423 32.8 27.5 24.0 .250 .455 .345 45.7
2022 Changeup 1.8 4 247 13.4 70 .116 .188 .141 39.6 42.9 29.1 .167 .239 .173 35.0
2022 Cutter -4.6 -5 99 5.4 27 .286 .714 .546 29.8 11.1 15.8 .327 .654 .549 66.7
2022 Curveball 2.3 0 6 0.3 1 .000 .000 .000 50.0 100.0 20.0 -- -- .000 --
2021 4-Seam Fastball 0.1 1 914 35.7 168 .209 .419 .321 30.6 33.3 21.4 .256 .497 .361 51.1
2021 Cutter 0.5 4 894 34.9 255 .276 .476 .395 19.1 9.0 14.7 .315 .557 .427 51.1
2021 Slider -0.9 -4 484 18.9 157 .266 .468 .320 31.2 31.2 25.5 .238 .416 .286 43.8
2021 Changeup 1.0 3 269 10.5 86 .176 .282 .208 39.6 40.7 24.0 .175 .255 .194 31.4
2020 Cutter 0.6 2 318 40.0 96 .244 .366 .329 24.8 21.9 20.2 .223 .296 .288 43.5
2020 4-Seam Fastball -0.9 -3 300 37.7 56 .265 .388 .350 30.8 26.8 19.5 .261 .353 .318 35.3
2020 Slider 0.6 1 127 16.0 31 .167 .367 .216 38.7 25.8 19.5 .162 .329 .205 21.7
2020 Changeup -2.3 -1 50 6.3 11 .273 .273 .245 35.3 27.3 18.8 .287 .317 .270 25.0
2019 4-Seam Fastball -0.9 -12 1,286 47.3 321 .326 .622 .429 15.9 12.8 14.7 .296 .529 .377 45.0
2019 Slider -1.3 -10 736 27.0 254 .270 .478 .368 25.9 22.0 18.1 .233 .390 .302 32.6
2019 Curveball -0.6 -2 406 14.9 71 .348 .623 .434 15.4 11.3 12.9 .380 .608 .424 44.3
2019 Changeup 1.8 4 200 7.4 56 .200 .364 .246 23.5 14.3 13.6 .259 .426 .295 25.5
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
! Note: To better align with other values, positive numbers (red) are good, and negative numbers (blue) are poor.
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Spin Direction

Year Pitch Type Pitches MPH Active Spin % Total Movement (In.) Spin-Based Observed Deviation
2024 Changeup 24 86.8 88 15.6 10:45 9:45 60
2024 Curveball 67 83.9 32 6.8 3:45 4:15 -30
2024 4-Seam Fastball 128 95.4 91 18.9 10:45 11:00 -15
2024 Slider 52 89.3 34 5.1 12:30 1:15 -45
2023 Changeup 255 88.7 84 11.7 10:45 10:00 45
2023 Curveball 534 83.1 40 9.1 4:00 4:15 -15
2023 4-Seam Fastball 1,211 95.1 92 18.7 10:45 11:00 -15
2023 Slider 708 88.7 26 4.7 1:00 2:00 -60
2022 Changeup 244 87.0 89 13.3 10:45 10:00 45
2022 Cutter 99 91.1 60 10.3 11:15 12:00 -45
2022 4-Seam Fastball 931 94.9 96 20.5 10:30 10:45 -15
2022 Slider 559 86.6 26 5.2 1:30 2:45 -75
2021 Changeup 257 86.3 87 12.3 10:30 9:45 45
2021 Cutter 891 91.3 57 8.8 11:15 12:00 -45
2021 4-Seam Fastball 914 95.1 95 19.1 10:30 10:45 -15
2021 Slider 482 82.5 32 5.9 4:00 5:00 -60
2020 Changeup 44 86.9 89 13.0 10:45 10:00 45
2020 Cutter 270 92.1 59 8.5 11:30 12:15 -45
2020 4-Seam Fastball 249 95.0 97 19.1 11:00 11:15 -15
2020 Slider 110 83.2 26 4.0 4:00 5:00 -60
! Note: This table is showing data from the PITCHER perspective.
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Swing/Take

Runs
Year Team PA Pitches Heart Shadow Chase Waste All
2019 702 2,628 12 -5 -16 -10 -20
2020 194 795 7 1 -5 -4 -1
2021 666 2,561 18 6 -12 -8 3
2022 453 1,843 -4 6 -11 -10 -20
2023 708 2,838 3 22 -9 -10 6
2024 65 275 4 1 0 -1 4
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Plate Discipline

Season Pitches Zone % Zone Swing % Zone Contact % Chase % Chase Contact % Edge % 1st Pitch Strike % Swing % Whiff % Meatball % Meatball Swing %
2019 2,721 51.8 67.3 86.4 26.8 61.8 43.6 59.2 47.7 19.9 8.1 83.1
2020 795 51.2 66.1 75.8 26.0 52.5 41.5 50.5 46.5 29.7 8.7 81.2
2021 2,562 51.6 66.7 81.3 29.1 48.3 42.9 62.9 48.5 27.7 8.7 82.5
2022 1,843 48.3 68.6 75.6 27.7 52.7 41.8 57.3 47.5 31.0 7.2 75.0
2023 2,818 51.0 67.0 81.4 29.6 49.4 43.5 59.4 48.7 28.0 8.4 78.5
2024 275 51.3 66.0 80.6 23.9 53.1 42.2 60.0 45.5 26.4 7.6 81.0
Player 11,014 50.9 67.2 81.2 28.1 52.8 42.9 59.3 48.0 26.5 8.2 80.3
MLB 48.6 67.0 82.0 28.5 58.0 42.6 60.9 47.1 24.8 7.3 76.1
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Percentile Rankings

Year xwOBA /
xERA
xBA xSLG xISO xOBP Brl Brl% EV Hard
Hit%
K% BB% Whiff% Chase
Rate
FB
Velo
FB
Spin
CB
Spin
Extension
2019 17 11 15 23 28 4 34 34 27 7 70 11 22 36 17 50 82
2020 77 62 83 93 61 56 86 29 55 54 32 71 32 79 32 87
2021 17 22 16 14 23 2 8 1 3 57 35 63 62 76 45 82
2022 3 37 7 2 3 8 1 1 1 77 3 85 29 68 63 90
2023 44 42 30 26 65 9 29 12 24 69 73 64 61 69 76 60 87
2024 77 79 76 69 73 30 63 88 65 82 34 56 29 78 45 40 84
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Expected Home Runs

Year Team Avg HR Trot Actual HR xHR HR-xHR Doubters Mostly Gone No Doubters No Doubter %
2019 23.2 36 33.8 2 10 18 19 52.8
2020 27.2 3 2.7 0 1 1 2 66.7
2021 23.8 27 28.1 -1 6 22 10 37.0
2022 23.9 23 20.5 3 3 16 7 30.4
2023 23.2 27 27.4 0 13 21 13 48.1
2024 29.8 1 1.0 0 1 1 0 0.0
Player 23.6 117 113.6 3 34 79 51 43.6

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2019 36 39 29 36 36 37 38 35 32 26 32 40 36 31 34 34 31 30 31 37 34 37 40 39 29 28 33 38 38 30 25
2020 3 2 4 3 3 3 3 3 2 3 2 3 4 3 3 3 3 2 2 3 2 2 4 2 3 2 3 3 3 2 2
2021 27 32 22 25 30 26 32 32 16 21 25 24 33 28 28 31 28 29 30 29 30 27 34 30 29 26 30 29 31 28 28
2022 23 17 18 19 21 23 24 18 18 19 21 22 18 19 23 23 19 22 21 23 20 18 24 22 14 21 22 24 21 21 19
2023 27 22 22 29 30 27 31 24 27 23 25 31 27 24 31 31 33 22 28 34 27 31 37 34 23 21 28 25 29 25 22
2024 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1
Player 117 113 96 113 121 117 129 113 96 93 106 121 119 106 120 123 115 106 113 127 114 115 140 128 99 99 117 120 124 107 97
! Note: This tells how many of this player's home runs would have been out of other stadiums. This accounts for different wall heights, distances and environmental effects. For these purposes, the 2020 Blue Jays home field was still Rogers Centre, not Sahlen Field.
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Year to Year Changes

Metric 2019 2020 +/-   2021 +/-   2022 +/-   2023 +/-   2024 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 92.5 93.5 1.0 93.2 -0.3 94.6 1.4 95.1 0.5 95.4 0.3
Offspeed Velocity 84.5 86.8 2.3 86.2 -0.6 87.0 0.8 88.7 1.7 86.8 -1.9
Breaking Velocity 82.1 83.3 1.2 82.5 -0.8 86.5 4.0 86.3 -0.2 86.3 0.0
Exit Velocity 89.2 89.4 0.2 91.9 2.5 91.6 -0.3 90.5 -1.1 84.8 -5.7
Launch Angle 12.3 4.3 -8.0 7.9 3.6 10.0 2.1 13.3 3.3 9.1 -4.2
Barrel % 7.7 3.9 -3.8 11.0 7.1 14.8 3.8 9.0 -5.8 5.3 -3.7
Hard Hit % 39.1 36.2 -2.9 47.0 10.8 47.9 0.9 42.4 -5.5 34.2 -8.2
Sweet Spot % 32.1 29.1 -3.0 37.4 8.3 38.0 0.6 37.7 -0.3 31.6 -6.1
xBA .278 .227 -0.051 .261 0.034 .247 -0.014 .249 0.002 .194 -0.055
BA .295 .238 -0.057 .243 0.005 .243 0.000 .255 0.012 .224 -0.031
xwOBA .345 .282 -0.063 .346 0.064 .361 0.015 .319 -0.042 .263 -0.056
wOBA .368 .299 -0.069 .325 0.026 .367 0.042 .319 -0.048 .275 -0.044
xSLG .477 .319 -0.158 .463 0.144 .463 0.000 .434 -0.029 .296 -0.138
SLG .539 .366 -0.173 .432 0.066 .493 0.061 .426 -0.067 .276 -0.150
K% 16.1 24.2 8.1 24.5 0.3 27.3 2.8 25.9 -1.4 30.8 4.9
BB% 6.9 10.3 3.4 9.3 -1.0 12.8 3.5 6.9 -5.9 10.8 3.9
Swing % 47.7 46.5 -1.2 48.5 2.0 47.5 -1.0 48.7 1.2 45.5 -3.2
Whiff% 19.9 29.7 9.8 27.7 -2.0 31.0 3.3 28.0 -3.0 26.4 -1.6
In Zone % 51.8 51.2 -0.6 51.6 0.4 48.3 -3.3 51.0 2.7 51.3 0.3
Out of Zone % 48.2 48.8 0.6 48.4 -0.4 51.7 3.3 49.0 -2.7 48.7 -0.3
Out of Zone Swing % 26.8 26.0 -0.8 29.1 3.1 27.7 -1.4 29.6 1.9 23.9 -5.7
First Pitch Swing % 26.1 24.2 -1.9 32.7 8.5 30.6 -2.1 30.3 -0.3 35.4 5.1
First Pitch Strike % 59.2 50.5 -8.7 62.9 12.4 57.3 -5.6 59.4 2.1 60.0 0.6
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Statcast Fielder Positioning

vs RHHvs LHH
YearAlignment TypePAwOBAPATotal%PATotal%
2019 Shifts 702 .372 563 45 8.0 139 61 43.9
2020 Shifts 194 .299 137 8 5.8 57 47 82.5
2021 Shifts 666 .325 520 117 22.5 146 94 64.4
2022 Shifts 453 .366 354 189 53.4 99 30 30.3
2023 Shades 699 .319 559 39 7.0 140 20 14.3
2024 Shades 65 .275 55 10 18.2 10 8 80.0
! Note: Shifts are through the 2022 season, Shaded starting from the 2023 season, Shift: three or more infielders are on the same side of second base, Shade: positioned outside of their typical responsible slices of the field.
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Pitch Tempo

Bases EmptyRunners On Base
SeasonTeamPitchesTempoFast %Slow %PitchesTempoFast %Slow %
2019 778 18.2 14.8% 2.7% 421 24.6 0.0% 15.4%
2020 247 18.9 10.9% 3.2% 114 24.2 0.0% 12.3%
2021 744 19.7 2.0% 3.4% 399 25.1 0.0% 16.3%
2022 481 19.9 4.6% 5.6% 329 24.3 0.0% 8.5%
2023 818 16.0 30.4% 0.5% 420 20.3 0.5% 0.5%
2024 57 16.3 22.8% 0.0% 31 19.8 0.0% 3.2%
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Pitch Distribution


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