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Yusei Kikuchi
P | B/T: L/L | 6' 0" 200LBS | Age: 30

Poor Avg Great

Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2021 7 9 4.41 29 29 0 157.0 163 1.32
3 Seasons 15 24 4.97 70 70 0 365.2 326 1.40
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2021 29 7-9 4.41 157.0 163 1.32
3 Seasons 70 15-24 4.97 365.2 326 1.40

Statcast Statistics

Season Age Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % 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 89.2 115.1 12.3 32.1 .271 .465 .368 .338 .373 39.1 16.1 6.9 5.46 5.24
2020 29 795 127 5 3.9 89.4 112.1 4.3 29.1 .228 .320 .299 .283 .322 36.2 24.2 10.3 5.17 3.37
2021 30 2562 436 48 11 91.9 115.5 7.9 37.4 .256 .451 .325 .342 .417 47 24.5 9.3 4.41 5.15
6078 1112 95 8.5 90.3 115.5 9.6 33.8 .260 .442 .341 .333 .384 41.9 20.6 8.3
6.6 88.3 122.2 12 32.9 .242 .402 .317 .312 .363 35.6 22 8.4

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Kikuchi relies on 4 pitches.
4-Seam Fastball
(35.9%) ,
Cutter
(34.8%) ,
Slider
(18.9%) ,
Changeup
(10.5%) ,


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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 Ext. Whiff% PutAway%
2021 4-Seam Fastball 919 761 158 35.9 95.1 170 150 31 15 8 1 7 58 92 .207 .251 .413 .481 .310 .355 92.5 18 2214 6.7 30.7 21.9
2021 Cutter 890 673 217 34.8 91.3 253 208 58 36 12 0 10 21 188 .279 .310 .481 .545 .385 .423 92.6 3 2301 6.7 19.0 13.7
2021 Slider 483 322 161 18.9 82.5 157 154 41 27 5 1 8 49 105 .266 .234 .468 .407 .316 .283 89.6 12 2405 6.7 31.2 25.5
2021 Changeup 269 268 1 10.5 86.2 86 85 15 10 3 0 2 35 51 .176 .172 .282 .250 .192 .190 88.9 -3 1452 6.8 39.6 24.0
2020 Cutter 318 227 91 40.0 92.1 96 82 20 13 5 1 1 21 62 .244 .224 .366 .297 .315 .289 90.6 1 2256 6.8 24.8 20.2
2020 4-Seam Fastball 300 205 95 37.7 95.0 56 49 13 7 6 0 0 15 34 .265 .261 .388 .353 .330 .319 91.3 16 2172 6.8 30.8 19.5
2020 Slider 127 83 44 16.0 83.3 31 30 5 3 0 0 2 8 23 .167 .162 .367 .329 .213 .205 87.1 6 2347 6.8 38.7 19.5
2020 Changeup 50 50 0 6.3 86.8 11 11 3 3 0 0 0 3 8 .273 .287 .273 .317 .241 .270 78.8 -26 1422 6.9 35.3 18.8
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
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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 2.4 33.5 23.1 25.1 5.3 7.7
2020 52.8 16.5 26.8 3.9 44.1 26 29.9 4.7 39.4 23.6 26 2.4 3.9
2021 49.8 22 25.2 3 35.8 42 22.2 2.5 37.4 18.3 25.5 4.8 11
47.7 21.3 25.4 5.7 37.9 36 26.2 2.7 35.7 21.3 25.4 4.8 8.5
45.1 22.5 25.4 7.1 36.6 37.8 25.5 3.7 33.2 24.4 24.4 5.7 6.6

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
2021 Slider SEA L 483 82.5 43 3.4 9 2.6 -5 -66
2021 Cutter SEA L 890 91.3 23.2 0 0 0 -1.5 -100
2021 4-Seamer SEA L 919 95.1 14 0.4 3 10.1 2.2 28
2021 Changeup SEA L 269 86.2 31.2 1.4 5 10.6 -3.1 -23
2020 Cutter SEA L 317 92.1 22.9 0.1 1 1.1 -1 -47
2020 Slider SEA L 127 83.3 40.7 1.6 4 1.6 -4.6 -74
2020 4-Seamer SEA L 297 95 12.1 2.1 15 6.5 -0.9 -12
2020 Changeup SEA L 49 86.7 29.3 0.1 0 10.8 -2.2 -17
2019 4-Seamer SEA L 1287 92.5 16.1 0 0 5.7 -1.5 -20
2019 Changeup SEA L 200 84.5 29.1 -1.5 -5 11.5 -2 -15
2019 Curveball SEA L 406 75 63.7 2.7 4 6.9 -4 -37
2019 Slider SEA L 736 86 34 -0.9 -3 3.5 -0.9 -20
! 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 %
2021 Changeup -1.6 -4 269 10.5 86 .176 .282 .195 39.6 40.7 24 .172 .25 .19 31.4
2021 Slider 1 5 483 18.9 157 .266 .468 .32 31.2 31.2 25.5 .234 .407 .283 43.8
2021 4-Seamer -0.2 -2 919 35.9 170 .207 .413 .312 30.7 34.1 21.9 .251 .481 .356 51.1
2021 Cutter -0.3 -3 890 34.7 253 .279 .481 .397 19 8.3 13.7 .31 .545 .424 51.1
2020 Changeup 2.4 1 50 6.3 11 .273 .273 .245 35.3 27.3 18.8 .287 .317 .27 25
2020 Slider -0.3 0 127 16 31 .167 .367 .216 38.7 25.8 19.5 .162 .329 .205 21.7
2020 4-Seamer 1 3 300 37.7 56 .265 .388 .35 30.8 26.8 19.5 .261 .353 .319 35.3
2020 Cutter -0.8 -3 318 40 96 .244 .366 .319 24.8 21.9 20.2 .224 .297 .289 43.5
2019 Changeup -1.8 -4 200 7.4 56 .2 .364 .246 23.5 14.3 13.6 .259 .426 .295 25.5
2019 Curveball 0.7 3 406 14.9 71 .348 .623 .434 15.4 11.3 12.9 .38 .607 .423 44.3
2019 Slider 1.4 10 736 27 254 .27 .478 .368 25.9 22 18.1 .234 .391 .303 32.6
2019 4-Seamer 0.8 11 1287 47.3 321 .326 .622 .428 15.9 12.8 14.7 .295 .528 .375 45
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
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Spin Direction

Year Pitch Type Pitches MPH Active Spin % Total Movement (In.) Spin-Based Observed Deviation
2020 Changeup 44 86.9 89 13 10:45 10:00 45
2020 Cutter 270 92.1 59 8.5 11:30 12:15 -45
2020 4-Seam Fastball 249 95 97 19.1 11:00 11:15 -15
2020 Slider 110 83.2 26 4 4:00 5:00 -60
2021 Changeup 257 86.3 87 12.3 10:30 9:45 45
2021 Cutter 887 91.3 57 8.7 11:15 12:00 -45
2021 4-Seam Fastball 919 95.1 95 19.1 10:30 10:45 -15
2021 Slider 481 82.5 32 5.9 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 2628 -11 5 16 10 20
2020 194 795 -7 -1 6 3 1
2021 666 2561 -18 -7 12 8 -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 2721 51.9 67.3 86.4 26.7 61.5 43.7 59.2 47.7 19.9 8.1 83.1
2020 795 51.3 65.9 75.8 26.1 52.5 41.6 50.5 46.5 29.7 8.7 81.2
2021 2562 51.7 66.7 81.3 29 48.2 42.8 62.9 48.5 27.7 8.7 82.5
6078 51.7 66.9 82.9 27.6 54.4 43 59.7 47.9 24.5 8.4 82.6
48.5 66.8 82 28.3 58.5 42.6 60.6 47 24.6 7.2 76

Percentile Rankings

Year xwOBA xBA xSLG xISO xOBP Brl Brl% EV HardHit% K% BB% Whiff% xERA FB Velo FB Spin CB Spin
2019 20 14 19 25 32 4 34 33 27 7 70 11 20 42 15 54
2020 75 60 83 93 60 56 86 29 55 54 32 71 75 58 37
2021 19 23 18 15 24 1 8 1 3 57 38 64 19 49 54
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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 29.6 6 10 19 16 44.4
2020 27.2 3 3 0 1 0 3 100
2021 23.8 27 25.7 1 5 22 10 37

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2019 36 29 39 30 35 24 29 31 34 29 36 29 22 31 28 37 27 28 25 28 24 25 28 30 28 35 32 26 31 23 35
2020 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 3 3 3 3
2021 27 31 27 32 29 26 25 29 28 24 26 30 17 17 25 26 19 29 28 29 15 23 27 25 28 28 28 23 24 23 31
! 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 +/-   2021 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 92.5 93.5 1 93.2 -0.3
Offspeed Velocity 84.5 86.8 2.3 86.2 -0.6
Breaking Velocity 82.1 83.3 1.2 82.5 -0.8
Exit Velocity 89.2 89.4 0.2 91.9 2.5
Launch Angle 12.3 4.3 -8 7.9 3.6
Barrel % 7.7 3.9 -3.8 11 7.1
Hard Hit % 39.1 36.2 -2.9 47 10.8
Sweet Spot % 32.1 29.1 -3 37.4 8.3
xBA .271 .228 -0.043 .256 0.028
BA .295 .238 -0.057 .243 0.005
xwOBA .338 .283 -0.055 .342 0.059
wOBA .368 .299 -0.069 .325 0.026
xSLG .465 .32 -0.145 .451 0.131
SLG .539 .366 -0.173 .432 0.066
K% 16.1 24.2 8.1 24.5 0.3
BB% 6.9 10.3 3.4 9.3 -1
Swing % 47.7 46.5 -1.2 48.5 2
Whiff% 19.9 29.7 9.8 27.7 -2
In Zone % 51.9 51.3 -0.6 51.7 0.4
Out of Zone % 48.1 48.7 0.6 48.3 -0.4
Out of Zone Swing % 26.7 26.1 -0.6 29 2.9
First Pitch Swing % 26.1 24.2 -1.9 32.7 8.5
First Pitch Strike % 59.2 50.5 -8.7 62.9 12.4
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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 .299 137 7 5.1 57 37 64.9
2021 666 .325 520 93 17.9 146 83 56.8

Pitch Distribution