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Yusei Kikuchi
Popularity: ↑ 32%
P | B/T: L/L | 6' 0" 200LBS | Age: 29

Poor Avg Great

Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2020 2 4 5.17 9 9 0 47.0 47 1.30
2 Seasons 8 15 5.39 41 41 0 208.2 163 1.47
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2020 9 2-4 5.17 47.0 47 1.30
2 Seasons 41 8-15 5.39 208.2 163 1.47

Statcast Statistics

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle Sweet Spot % XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB % ERA xERA
2019 2721 549 42 7.7 89.2 12.3 32.1 .283 .486 .368 .352 .393 39.1 16.1 6.9 5.46 5.40
2020 795 127 5 3.9 89.4 4.3 29.1 .232 .324 .295 .279 .317 36.2 24.2 10.3 5.17 3.51
ALL 3516 676 47 7.0 89.2 10.8 31.5 .272 .451 .352 .336 .378 38.6 17.8 7.7
MLB 43640 6.4 88.3 11.9 32.8 .250 .414 .317 .321 .376 34.9 21.8 8.3

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Kikuchi relies on 4 pitches.
Cutter
(40%) ,
4-Seam Fastball
(37.7%) ,
Slider
(16%) ,
Changeup
(6.3%) ,


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Pitch Tracking

Year Pitch Type # # RHB # LHB % MPH PA AB H 1B 2B 3B HR SO BBE BA XBA SLG XSLG WOBA XWOBA EV LA Spin Whiff% PutAway%
2020 Cutter 318 227 91 40.0 92.1 96 82 20 13 5 1 1 21 62 .244 .230 .366 .303 .311 .288 90.6 1 2256 25.0 20.2
2020 4-Seam Fastball 300 205 95 37.7 95.0 56 49 13 7 6 0 0 15 34 .265 .263 .388 .355 .325 .308 91.3 16 2178 31.0 19.5
2020 Slider 127 83 44 16.0 83.3 31 30 5 3 0 0 2 8 23 .167 .165 .367 .330 .209 .200 87.1 6 2347 38.7 19.5
2020 Changeup 50 50 0 6.3 86.8 11 11 3 3 0 0 0 3 8 .273 .292 .273 .320 .237 .269 78.8 -26 1453 37.5 18.8
2019 4-Seam Fastball 1287 1010 277 49.0 92.5 321 288 94 51 20 4 19 41 251 .326 .300 .622 .534 .410 .381 90.6 16 2096 16.0 14.7
2019 Slider 736 565 171 28.0 86.0 254 230 62 37 13 1 11 56 175 .270 .239 .478 .404 .342 .308 87.9 11 2220 25.9 18.1
2019 Curveball 406 353 53 15.4 75.0 71 69 24 15 4 0 5 8 61 .348 .385 .623 .620 .409 .431 89.7 11 2527 15.4 12.9
2019 Changeup 200 199 1 7.6 84.5 56 55 11 5 4 1 1 8 47 .200 .261 .364 .435 .239 .301 85.6 4 1772 23.5 13.6


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
2020 Cutter SEA L 317 92.1 22.9 0.1 1 1.1 -1 -47
2020 4-Seamer SEA L 299 95 12.1 2.1 15 6.5 -0.8 -11
2020 Changeup SEA L 50 86.8 29.3 0.1 0 10.8 -2.2 -17
2020 Slider SEA L 127 83.3 40.7 1.7 4 1.6 -4.6 -74
2019 Slider SEA L 736 86 34 -1 -3 3.5 -0.9 -21
2019 Curveball SEA L 406 75 63.7 2.6 4 6.9 -4.1 -37
2019 4-Seamer SEA L 1287 92.5 16.1 0.1 0 5.7 -1.5 -20
2019 Changeup SEA L 200 84.5 29.1 -1.6 -5 11.5 -2 -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 %
2020 Changeup 2.6 1 50 6.3 11 .273 .273 .245 37.5 27.3 18.8 .292 .320 .269 25.0
2020 Slider -0.2 0 127 16.0 31 .167 .367 .216 38.7 25.8 19.5 .165 .330 .200 21.7
2020 4-Seamer 1.2 4 300 37.7 56 .265 .388 .350 31.0 26.8 19.5 .263 .355 .310 35.3
2020 Cutter -0.8 -2 318 40.0 96 .244 .366 .319 25.0 21.9 20.2 .230 .303 .290 43.5
2019 Changeup -1.7 -3 200 7.4 56 .200 .364 .235 23.5 14.3 13.6 .261 .435 .301 25.5
2019 Curveball 0.7 3 406 14.9 71 .348 .623 .427 15.4 11.3 12.9 .385 .620 .431 44.3
2019 Slider 1.2 9 736 27.0 254 .270 .478 .363 25.9 22.0 18.1 .239 .404 .308 32.6
2019 4-Seamer 0.9 12 1287 47.3 321 .326 .622 .425 16.0 12.8 14.7 .300 .534 .382 45.0
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
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Spin Direction

Year Pitch Type Pitches MPH Active Spin % Total Movement (In.) Observed Spin-Based Gap Observed Spin-Based
2020 Changeup 49 86.8 88 12.8 10:00 10:45 45
2020 Slider 119 83.2 26 4.0 5:00 4:00 -60
2020 Cutter 296 92.1 59 8.5 12:15 11:30 -45
2020 4-Seam Fastball 270 95.0 97 19.1 11:15 11:00 -15
! 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 696 2617 -11 6 17 8 20
2020 194 792 -7 -1 6 3 2
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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 2721 51.9 67.2 86.6 26.5 62.1 43.7 59.2 47.6 20.0 8.1 83.1
2020 795 51.2 65.8 76.1 25.5 53.5 41.5 50.5 46.2 30.0 8.7 79.7
ALL 3516 51.7 66.9 84.2 26.3 60.1 43.2 57.4 47.2 22.2 8.2 82.3
MLB 48.4 66.1 82.8 28.2 59.4 42.6 60.6 46.6 24.5 7.2 75.1

Batted Ball Profile

Season GB % FB % LD % PU % Pull % Straight % Oppo % Weak % Topped % Under % Flare/Burner % Solid % Barrel %
2019 44.8 21.9 25.1 8.2 38.1 33.5 28.4 1.6 33.5 23.1 25.1 5.3 7.7
2020 52.8 16.5 27.6 3.1 44.1 26.0 29.9 4.7 39.4 23.6 26.0 2.4 3.9
ALL 46.3 20.9 25.6 7.2 39.2 32.1 28.7 2.2 34.6 23.2 25.3 4.7 7.0
MLB 45.3 22.0 25.7 7.1 36.6 38.0 25.5 3.2 33.6 24.3 24.6 5.6 6.4

Percentile Rankings

Year xwOBA xBA xSLG xISO xOBP Brl Brl% EV HardHit% K% BB% Whiff% xERA FB Velo FB Spin CB Spin
2019 16 10 16 22 28 4 34 33 27 7 70 10 16 41 15 54
2020 71 58 81 93 57 56 86 29 55 54 32 72 71 57 37
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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 29.5 6.5 7 19 16 44.4
2020 27.2 3 3.1 -0.1 1 0 3 100.0

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2019 36 29 36 30 35 24 29 31 34 29 35 29 22 31 28 37 27 28 25 28 24 25 28 30 28 35 32 26 32 23 35
2020 3 4 3 3 3 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
! Note: This tells how many of this player's home runs would have been out of other stadiums. This accounts for different wall heights and distances, but does not attempt to adjust for 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 2015 2016 +/-   2017 +/-   2018 +/-   2019 +/-   2020 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 92.5 93.5 1
Offspeed Velocity 84.5 86.8 2.3
Breaking Velocity 82.1 83.3 1.2
Exit Velocity 89.2 89.4 0.2
Launch Angle 12.3 4.3 -8
Barrel % 7.7 3.9 -3.8
Hard Hit % 39.1 36.2 -2.9
Sweet Spot % 32.1 29.1 -3
xBA 0.283 0.232 -0.051
BA 0.295 0.238 -0.057
xwOBA 0.352 0.279 -0.073
wOBA 0.368 0.295 -0.073
xSLG 0.486 0.324 -0.162
SLG 0.539 0.366 -0.173
K% 16.1 24.2 8.1
BB% 6.9 10.3 3.4
Swing % 47.6 46.2 -1.4
Whiff% 20 30 10
In Zone Swing % 51.9 51.2 -0.7
Out of Zone Swing % 48.1 48.8 0.7
First Pitch Swing % 25.8 23.2 -2.6
First Pitch Strike % 59.2 50.5 -8.7
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Statcast Shift Statistics

vs RHHvs LHH
YearPAwOBAPAShifts%PAShifts%
2019 702 .372 563 32 5.7 139 57 41.0
2020 194 .295 137 7 5.1 57 37 64.9

Pitch Distribution