Yoshihisa Hirano
35-Year-Old PitcherRP
Arizona Diamondbacks
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Arizona brought Hirano over from Japan before the 2018 season, and he impressed in his first big-league campaign. The sparkling ERA may oversell his performance a little bit, as "Yoshi San" punched out just 8.0 batters per nine. He relied more so on the groundball -- his splitter helped him force a 50.3% groundball rate. Hirano tunnels it well with his four-seamer from a three-quarters delivery to bolster the deception, hence his 12.2% swinging-strike rate last year. Given this effective (if atypical for a back-end arm) approach, the 35-year-old will likely at least hover around the Diamondbacks' saves picture for much of the season. However, Archie Bradley seems to have the inside track to that job, so Hirano will likely begin the season in a setup capacity. Include him on the list of closers in waiting, should Bradley get hurt, traded or struggle in the ninth. Read Past Outlooks
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