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Portrait of Masa Kobayashi

Masa Kobayashi PIndians

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Career Summary
Years G IP W L SV ERA WARP
2 67 65.3 4 5 6 5.10 0.1
Birth Date5-24-1974
Height6' 0"
Weight195 lbs
Age42 years, 11 months, 28 days
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2008 CLE MLB 57 0 55.7 4 5 6 65 14 35 8 .259 105 10.5 2.3 1.3 5.7 51% .306 .260 1.42 4.57 4.53 100 5.02 107.0 0.2
2009 CLE MLB 10 0 9.7 0 0 0 12 4 4 2 .255 107 11.2 3.7 1.9 3.7 36% .294 .307 1.66 6.54 8.38 113 6.67 143.0 -0.2
CareerMLB67065.345677183910.25810510.62.51.45.448%.305.2671.454.865.101025.26112.30.1

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
2008 CLE MLB 57 0 55.7 4 5 6 65 14 35 8 .259 105 10.5 2.3 1.3 5.7 51% .306 .260 1.42 4.57 4.53 100 5.02 107.0
2009 CLE MLB 10 0 9.7 0 0 0 12 4 4 2 .255 107 11.2 3.7 1.9 3.7 36% .294 .307 1.66 6.54 8.38 113 6.67 143.0

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 851 0.5065 0.5029 0.8364 0.6937 0.3071 0.8829 0.7287 0.1636
2009 134 0.4851 0.4851 0.8308 0.6462 0.3333 0.8333 0.8261 0.1692
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Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2009 CLE $3,000,000
2008 CLE $3,000,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
2 yrPrevious$6,000,000
2 yrTotal$6,000,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
1 ySFX2 years/$6.25M (2008-09), 2010 option

Details
  • 2 years/$6.25M (2008-09), plus 2010 club option. Signed by Cleveland as a free agent 11/20/07. 08:$3M, 09:$3M, 10:$3.25M club option ($0.25M buyout). 2008-09 performance bonuses: $0.1M each for 35, 40, 45, 50, 55 GF. 2010 performance bonuses: $0.1M each for 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50 GF. $0.15M for 55 GF. Award bonuses: $50,000 for LCS MVP. $0.1M each for WS MVP, All Star. $0.25M for Rolaids ($0.15M for 2nd or 3rd, $75,000 for 4th or 5th). May become a free agent after contract expires. Perks: translator, personal trainer, moving allowance, 8 annual round-trip business class airline tickets between Cleveland and Japan. DFA by Cleveland 5/17/09. Released by Cleveland 7/09.

2017 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2010 Masahide Kobayashi was cut from the 40-man roster after a disastrous beginning, and has since taken this Indians no-win scenario back to Japan as a free agent.
2009 Kobayashi was a dominant closer for Bobby Valentine's Chiba Lotte Marines, one of three pitchers (along with Kazuhiro Sasaki and Shingo Takatsu) to record 200 saves in the history of Japanese baseball. He once threw in the high-90s, but didn't pack that brand of heat on his trip across the Pacific. Brought in to provide insurance for the probable scenario in which Borowksi exploded, the Indians discovered that their pricey policy was unable to pay out when disaster hit. Kobayashi never pitched well enough to take over as stopper, faded badly down the stretch, and threw only three innings in September to stay fresh for '09. Cleveland owes him $3 million, so he's being counted on to perform better.
2008 The Indians made their second dip into the pool of Japanese talent during the offseason by signing Kobayashi, one of the top closers in Nippon Professional Baseball history, to a two-year deal. While Kobayashi is on the downward slope of his career, he should be yet another fine bullpen arm. Unlike many Japanese hurlers who depend on finesse and control, Kobayashi is more of a power pitcher, as both his low-90s splitter and hard slider are above-average offerings. Plus, there's always his Keyser Soze connection to add a little intimidation.

BP Articles

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This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: Godzilla, Pierre, and the Beantown DuoChristina Kahrl2009-12-18
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction of the Day: The DeRosa DealChristina Kahrl2009-06-29
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: AL Central, PlusChristina Kahrl2009-06-02
This article requires BP Premium accessOn the Beat: Mid-week UpdateJohn Perrotto2009-05-13
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: Bleeding BullpensJay Jaffe2009-05-12
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit List: Days of WonderJay Jaffe2008-08-29
This article requires BP Premium accessUnder The Knife: Tick, Tick, Tick, Tick... BoomWill Carroll2008-05-19
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Focus: 10 Under the RadarJeff Erickson2008-05-17
Prospectus Preview: Wednesday's Games to WatchCaleb Peiffer2008-04-16
This article requires BP Premium accessNippon Prospectus: Pacific League PreviewMike Plugh2008-04-15
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: State of the Systems: AL CentralKevin Goldstein2008-03-19


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2017, Masa Kobayashi threw 1,020 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2008 and 2009, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2009, he relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (91mph), Sinker (91mph) and Slider (85mph). He also rarely threw a Change (86mph).