Yusei Kikuchi
P | Bats/Throws: L/L | 6' 0" 210LBS | Age: 33
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 4 9 4.54 21 21 0 111 125 1.31
6 Seasons 36 46 4.69 155 143 1 745 756 1.37
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 21 4-9 4.54 111 125 1.31
6 Seasons 155 36-46 4.69 745 756 1.37
MLB Percentile Rankings
Pitch Distribution

Statcast Statistics

Season Age Pitches Batted
Balls
Barrels Barrel % Barrel/PA Exit
Velocity
Max EV Launch
Angle
LA 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 1859 318 32 10.1 6.8 90.6 119.2 15.3 33.3 .256 .424 .322 .315 .404 44.3 26.4 5.9 4.54 4.00
Player 12598 2160 208 9.6 6.5 90.5 119.2 11.3 35.1 .257 .445 .337 .334 .403 43.1 23.6 8.3
MLB 7.0 4.8 88.5 122.4 12.3 33.1 .245 .406 .316 .315 .369 36.5 22.2 8.4
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Kikuchi relies on 4 pitches.
Four Seamer
(48.9%) ,
Curveball
(23.7%) ,
Slider
(16.3%) ,
Changeup
(11.1%) ,


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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 41.5 29.2 24.2 5.0 39.9 33.3 26.7 4.4 27.7 27.7 25.8 4.4 10.1 6.8
Player 44.7 23.7 25.4 6.2 39.1 35.0 26.0 3.1 33.1 22.2 25.7 5.4 9.6 6.5
MLB 44.5 23.6 24.8 7.0 37.1 37.5 25.3 3.9 32.7 24.8 24.4 5.8 7.0 4.8
! 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 4-Seam Fastball TOR L 908 95.6 13.2 1.6 11 7.7 -0.7 -8
2024 Changeup TOR L 206 87.2 27.5 -4.2 -13 12.5 -1.7 -12
2024 Slider TOR L 301 89.2 30.6 -1.3 -4 2.4 -1.3 -36
2024 Curveball TOR L 439 82.9 43.9 -4.5 -9 4.5 -3.1 -41
2023 Changeup TOR L 272 88.7 27.4 -2.5 -8 9.0 -5.5 -38
2023 Slider TOR L 731 88.7 31.5 -0.6 -2 2.5 -1.6 -39
2023 4-Seam Fastball TOR L 1,271 95.1 14.3 1.1 7 9.8 1.4 17
2023 Curveball TOR L 543 83.1 43.1 -4.7 -10 6.1 -1.8 -23
2022 Slider TOR L 559 86.6 34.5 0.1 0 3.1 -1.7 -35
2022 Changeup TOR L 247 87.0 28.1 -2.2 -7 10.4 -4.2 -28
2022 4-Seam Fastball TOR L 932 94.9 13.6 1.2 8 11.5 3.2 38
2022 Cutter TOR L 99 91.1 21.9 2.2 9 0.3 -2.4 -113
2022 Curveball TOR L 6 85.2 36.8 -8.6 -19 2.6 -3.6 -57
2021 Changeup SEA L 269 86.2 31.2 1.3 4 10.6 -3.2 -23
2021 4-Seam Fastball SEA L 914 95.1 14.0 0.4 3 10.2 2.2 27
2021 Cutter SEA L 894 91.3 23.1 0.3 1 0.0 -1.6 -102
2021 Slider SEA L 484 82.5 43.0 3.6 9 2.6 -3.8 -59
2020 Cutter SEA L 317 92.1 22.9 0.2 1 1.1 -1.0 -47
2020 Slider SEA L 127 83.3 40.7 1.6 4 1.6 -4.0 -72
2020 Changeup SEA L 50 86.8 29.3 0.2 1 10.8 -2.3 -17
2020 4-Seam Fastball SEA L 299 95.0 12.1 2.1 15 6.5 -1.0 -13
2019 Slider SEA L 736 86.0 34.0 -0.8 -2 3.5 -0.7 -16
2019 Changeup SEA L 200 84.5 29.1 -1.5 -5 11.5 -2.0 -15
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
! 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 -0.2 -2 910 49.0 194 .299 .537 .372 27.4 24.2 21.7 .276 .506 .352 45.6
2024 Curveball 0.0 0 440 23.7 112 .284 .440 .322 27.3 24.1 23.5 .262 .431 .304 47.6
2024 Slider 0.2 1 302 16.2 111 .232 .305 .310 29.7 27.9 22.5 .239 .335 .313 45.3
2024 Changeup -0.5 -1 207 11.1 56 .196 .268 .203 32.6 35.7 22.5 .208 .302 .217 30.6
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 .308 37.0
2023 Changeup -1.0 -3 272 9.7 61 .254 .508 .348 19.3 14.8 12.9 .233 .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 .269 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 204 87.2 89 15.1 10:45 10:00 45
2024 Curveball 439 82.9 41 7.9 4:15 4:45 -30
2024 4-Seam Fastball 875 95.6 91 18.3 10:45 11:15 -30
2024 Slider 301 89.2 29 4.4 12:45 1:30 -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 473 1,858 5 5 -8 -4 -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 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 1,859 53.3 66.7 79.0 26.9 50.6 42.4 64.5 48.1 28.3 8.6 78.0
Player 12,598 51.3 67.1 80.9 28.0 52.5 42.9 60.0 48.0 26.8 8.3 80.0
MLB 48.6 67.0 82.0 28.4 57.9 42.6 61.0 47.2 24.8 7.3 76.2
! 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 37 17 50 82
2020 77 62 83 93 61 56 86 29 55 54 32 71 32 78 32 87
2021 17 22 16 14 23 2 8 1 3 57 35 63 62 75 46 82
2022 3 36 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 70 76 60 87
2024 46 31 32 35 65 2 11 8 11 75 80 72 34 77 58 42 91
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Expected Home Runs

Year Team Avg HR Trot Actual HR xHR HR-xHR Doubters Mostly Gone No Doubters No Doubter %

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR

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 95.6 0.5
Offspeed Velocity 84.5 86.8 2.3 86.2 -0.6 87.0 0.8 88.7 1.7 87.2 -1.5
Breaking Velocity 82.1 83.3 1.2 82.5 -0.8 86.5 4.0 86.3 -0.2 85.5 -0.8
Exit Velocity 89.2 89.4 0.2 91.9 2.5 91.6 -0.3 90.5 -1.1 90.6 0.1
Launch Angle 12.3 4.3 -8.0 7.9 3.6 10.0 2.1 13.3 3.3 15.3 2.0
Barrel % 7.7 3.9 -3.8 11.0 7.1 14.8 3.8 9.0 -5.8 10.1 1.1
Hard Hit % 39.1 36.2 -2.9 47.0 10.8 47.9 0.9 42.4 -5.5 44.3 1.9
LA Sweet-Spot % 32.1 29.1 -3.0 37.4 8.3 38.0 0.6 37.7 -0.3 33.3 -4.4
xBA .278 .227 -0.051 .261 0.034 .247 -0.014 .249 0.002 .256 0.007
BA .295 .238 -0.057 .243 0.005 .243 0.000 .255 0.012 .268 0.013
xwOBA .345 .282 -0.063 .346 0.064 .361 0.015 .319 -0.042 .315 -0.004
wOBA .368 .299 -0.069 .325 0.026 .367 0.042 .319 -0.048 .322 0.003
xSLG .477 .319 -0.158 .463 0.144 .463 0.000 .434 -0.029 .424 -0.010
SLG .539 .366 -0.173 .432 0.066 .493 0.061 .426 -0.067 .428 0.002
K% 16.1 24.2 8.1 24.5 0.3 27.3 2.8 25.9 -1.4 26.4 0.5
BB% 6.9 10.3 3.4 9.3 -1.0 12.8 3.5 6.9 -5.9 5.9 -1.0
Swing % 47.7 46.5 -1.2 48.5 2.0 47.5 -1.0 48.7 1.2 48.1 -0.6
Whiff% 19.9 29.7 9.8 27.7 -2.0 31.0 3.3 28.0 -3.0 28.3 0.3
In Zone % 51.8 51.2 -0.6 51.6 0.4 48.3 -3.3 51.0 2.7 53.3 2.3
Out of Zone % 48.2 48.8 0.6 48.4 -0.4 51.7 3.3 49.0 -2.7 46.7 -2.3
Out of Zone Swing % 26.8 26.0 -0.8 29.1 3.1 27.7 -1.4 29.6 1.9 26.9 -2.7
First Pitch Swing % 26.1 24.2 -1.9 32.7 8.5 30.6 -2.1 30.3 -0.3 35.7 5.4
First Pitch Strike % 59.2 50.5 -8.7 62.9 12.4 57.3 -5.6 59.4 2.1 64.5 5.1
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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 472 .323 390 80 20.5 82 47 57.3
! 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 528 16.6 15.2% 0.8% 224 20.4 0.0% 2.2%
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Pitch Distribution