Yusei Kikuchi
28-Year-Old PitcherSP
2019 Fantasy Outlook
A three-time All-Star in Japan (2013, 2017, 2018), Kikuchi was 14-4 with a 3.08 ERA, an 8.4 K/9 and a 2.5 BB/9 in 2018. He has a mid-90s fastball that he uses to set up a plus slider. While not regarded in quite the same star tier of Shohei Ohtani or Yu Darvish, the 27-year-old lefty still projects as at least a solid mid-rotation starter in MLB. Kikuchi signed a three-year, $43 million deal with the Mariners, with a $13 million player option for a fourth year and a team option for a four-year, $66 million extension after the first three years. He was dominant in 2017, logging 217 strikeouts in 187.2 innings -- both career highs. Kikuchi was similarly dominant in 2018 until a shoulder injury caused him to miss a month, and while he was able to return, he wasn't quite the same after that. He will be adapting to a new schedule where he'll pitch more frequently, so we should not expect the 6-foot hurler to log more than 160 innings on a rebuilding Mariners team. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a three-year, $43 million contract with the Mariners in January of 2019. The contract includes a $13 million player option for 2022, which can be voided by a four-year, $66 million team option.
Turns in eventful quality start
PSeattle Mariners
June 23, 2019
Kikuchi (4-5) allowed three runs on five hits and five walks across six innings to earn the win Sunday against the Orioles. He struck out three.
ANALYSIS
Kikuchi uncharacteristically failed to throw strikes for much of the day as he set a new career high in walks. He allowed a run in the first, second and sixth inning while battling to mitigate further damage. On a positive note, Kikuchi turned in a quality start and earned his first win in over a month, but he didn't look overly convincing in light of his recent struggles. He will face a difficult matchup in his next start on the road against Houston.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-1%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-1%
BAA vs LHP
2018
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .286 73 14 3 20 2 1 4
Since 2017vs Right .289 308 49 26 80 18 0 14
2019vs Left .286 73 14 3 20 2 1 4
2019vs Right .289 308 49 26 80 18 0 14
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-13%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-13%
ERA on Road
2018
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 5.49 1.50 39.1 2 3 0 7.1 3.7 2.5
Since 2017Away 4.79 1.49 47.0 2 2 0 6.1 2.5 1.3
2019Home 5.49 1.50 39.1 2 3 0 7.1 3.7 2.5
2019Away 4.79 1.49 47.0 2 2 0 6.1 2.5 1.3
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Yusei Kikuchi compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against this season's data (min 40 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
2.17
 
K/9
6.6
 
BB/9
3.0
 
HR/9
1.9
 
Fastball
92.8 mph
 
ERA
5.11
 
WHIP
1.49
 
BABIP
.312
 
GB/FB
1.53
 
Left On Base
69.4%
 
Exit Velocity
88.5 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
7.9%
 
Spin Rate
2227 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
36.7%
 
Swinging Strike
8.5%
 
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2016 Fantasy Outlook
Kikuchi attracted attention as a high schooler for his hard fastball and stated desire to forego a pro career in Japan and jump straight to the majors. That didn't happen, and injuries have so far deterred him from reaching his potential. Still only 24, Kikuchi showed signs of improvement in 2015 and if he can put together a couple of healthy seasons, he could establish himself as a quality lefty.
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Struggles through five innings
PSeattle Mariners
June 19, 2019
Kikuchi (3-5) took the loss against Kansas City on Tuesday, pitching five innings and allowing six runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out five.
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Rebounds against Twins
PSeattle Mariners
June 13, 2019
Kikuchi allowed one earned run on six hits and two walks while striking out four across five innings Thursday against the Twins. He did not factor into the decision.
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Struggles persist in return
PSeattle Mariners
June 8, 2019
Kikuchi (3-4) allowed seven runs -- six earned -- on nine hits and three walks over 3.1 innings. He took the loss and struck out only one batter.
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Rejoining rotation Saturday
PSeattle Mariners
June 5, 2019
Kikuchi will start Saturday against the Angels, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
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Skipping next start
PSeattle Mariners
June 1, 2019
Kikuchi will have his next start skipped, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
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