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2017 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 36)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
37.7 4.28 1.23 30 2 2 0 0.3
Birth Date2-21-1981
Height5' 11"
Weight180 lbs
Age36 years, 0 months, 0 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
2013
0.22014
0.42015
2016
0.32017
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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
2014 CHN MLB 13 13 69.3 4 4 0 67 19 57 7 .258 98 8.7 2.5 0.9 7.4 39% .296 .266 1.24 3.72 3.25 105 4.66 110.0 0.2
2015 CHN MLB 8 7 32.3 1 1 0 30 11 31 5 .262 99 8.4 3.1 1.4 8.6 51% .284 .277 1.27 4.37 3.62 97 3.99 98.9 0.4
CareerMLB2120101.755097308812.259988.62.71.17.843%.292.2701.253.933.361024.45106.40.6

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-
2003 FKU npb 26 0 189.0 14 5 0 165 61 195 26 .000 7.9 2.9 1.2 9.3 0% -.491 .000 1.20 3.86 3.38 0 0.00 0.0
2004 FKU npb 19 0 128.3 10 6 0 110 38 115 23 .000 7.7 2.7 1.6 8.1 0% -.486 .000 1.15 4.61 4.35 0 0.00 0.0
2005 FKU npb 25 25 181.7 12 8 0 154 57 167 17 .000 7.6 2.8 0.8 8.3 0% -.568 .000 1.16 3.53 3.27 0 0.00 0.0
2006 FKU npb 24 24 163.3 14 6 0 137 42 136 18 .000 7.6 2.3 1.0 7.5 0% .259 .000 1.10 3.43 2.98 0 0.00 0.0
2006 JPN wor 1 0 2.1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 .000 4.3 0.0 0.0 4.3 0% .167 .000 0.48 2.47 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2007 FKU npb 26 26 182.0 12 10 0 168 42 169 15 .000 8.3 2.1 0.7 8.4 0% .291 .000 1.15 2.95 2.82 0 0.00 0.0
2008 FKU npb 23 23 162.0 8 8 0 167 36 123 12 .000 9.3 2.0 0.7 6.8 0% .312 .000 1.25 3.20 3.61 0 0.00 0.0
2009 FKU npb 15 13 84.3 4 5 0 72 24 87 13 .000 7.7 2.6 1.4 9.3 0% .278 .000 1.14 3.84 4.06 0 0.00 0.0
2010 FKU npb 26 26 169.3 17 8 0 145 55 169 11 .000 7.7 2.9 0.6 9.0 0% .291 .000 1.18 2.99 3.14 0 0.00 0.0
2012 NOR AAA 1 1 2.7 0 1 0 6 4 1 1 .254 105 20.2 13.5 3.4 3.4 38% .417 .404 3.75 11.78 20.25 114 7.59 124.4
2013 NOR AAA 19 19 102.7 5 6 0 112 35 80 9 .250 99 9.8 3.1 0.8 7.0 39% .328 .271 1.43 3.93 4.03 107 4.14 101.9
2014 CHN MLB 13 13 69.3 4 4 0 67 19 57 7 .258 98 8.7 2.5 0.9 7.4 39% .296 .266 1.24 3.72 3.25 105 4.66 110.0
2014 IOW AAA 19 18 113.7 10 6 0 104 28 120 13 .261 92 8.2 2.2 1.0 9.5 42% .302 .247 1.16 3.87 2.77 76 2.14 80.1
2015 CHN MLB 8 7 32.3 1 1 0 30 11 31 5 .262 99 8.4 3.1 1.4 8.6 51% .284 .277 1.27 4.37 3.62 97 3.99 98.9
2015 TEN AA 1 1 4.0 0 1 0 8 0 5 2 .263 92 18.0 0.0 4.5 11.2 50% .500 .442 2.00 7.30 9.00 94 3.46 95.6
2015 IOW AAA 16 16 86.7 4 5 0 93 26 62 4 .266 96 9.7 2.7 0.4 6.4 44% .318 .271 1.37 3.67 3.95 95 3.40 95.2

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
2014 1138 0.5141 0.4859 0.7848 0.6667 0.2948 0.8256 0.6871 0.2152
2015 528 0.5170 0.4470 0.8263 0.6117 0.2706 0.8563 0.7536 0.1737
Career16660.5150.47360.7980.64930.28710.83530.70820.202

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
2014-09-06 2014-09-12 DTD 6 5 Left Lower Leg Cramp Calf -
2013-03-22 2013-06-14 60-DL 84 67 Left Elbow Recovery From Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2012-05-11 -
2012-04-20 2012-04-20 On-Alr 0 0 - Neck Stiffness - -
2012-03-28 2012-10-13 60-DL 199 162 Left Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2012-05-11 -
2012-02-25 2012-03-19 Camp 23 0 Right Elbow Soreness - -
2009-08-01 2009-08-01 FA 0 0 Left Elbow Inflammation - -
2007-10-01 2007-10-01 FA 0 0 Left Elbow Surgery Bone Chips - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 CHN $4,000,000
2014 CHN $
2013 BAL $4,200,000
2012 BAL $3,940,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
3 yrPrevious$12,140,000
3 yrTotal$12,140,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
2 y 128 dAlan Nero2016

Details
  • 2016. Signed with SoftBank of Japan 11/3/15.
  • 1 year/$4M (2015). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 11/1/14, replacing option in previous contract. May earn additional $2M in performance bonuses. DFA by Chicago Cubs 10/11/15. Sent outright to Triple-A 10/14/15.
  • 1 year (2014), plus 2015 option. Signed by Chicago Cubs as a free agent 1/24/14 (minor-league contract). Released by Chicago Cubs 3/23/14. Re-signed by Chicago Cubs as a free agent 3/24/14 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by Chicago Cubs 6/22/14.
  • 2 years/$8.14M (2012-13), plus 2014 option. Signed by Baltimore as a free agent 12/14/11. 14:$5M option. Baltimore declined 2014 option 11/2/13.

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
90o 3.7 2.5 0 9 9 50.9 41 15 39 6 .242 1.08 3.46 3.76 7.7 0.8
80o 3.2 2.3 0 8 8 45.3 39 14 35 5 .255 1.16 3.82 4.16 4.9 0.5
70o 2.8 2.2 0 8 8 41.3 37 13 32 5 .264 1.22 4.09 4.45 3.2 0.4
60o 2.5 2.1 0 7 7 38.0 36 13 29 5 .272 1.27 4.31 4.7 2.0 0.2
50o 2.3 2 0 6 6 35.0 34 12 27 5 .280 1.32 4.53 4.94 0.9 0.1
40o 2 1.9 0 6 6 32.0 32 12 25 5 .287 1.37 4.75 5.18 0.0 0.0
30o 1.8 1.8 0 5 5 28.9 30 11 22 4 .296 1.43 4.98 5.44 -0.8 -0.1
20o 1.5 1.7 0 5 5 25.4 28 10 20 4 .305 1.50 5.27 5.76 -1.5 -0.2
10o 1.2 1.4 0 4 4 20.6 24 9 16 3 .318 1.59 5.66 6.2 -2.2 -0.2
Weighted Mean2.3206634.33312275.2781.314.504.911.00.1

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2017 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA DRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
2018378902525146140601462140.3251.374.375.048.63.79.01.30.8
2019387902525146130601392240.2991.304.545.248.03.78.61.40.5
2020394601414818234731740.3081.445.496.349.13.88.11.9-0.7
202140101103131197174751912740.2991.264.274.937.93.48.71.21.2
20224181002727160143661642540.3071.314.455.148.13.79.21.40.7

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5 82 R.A. Dickey 2011 3.67
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16 76 Giancarlo Alvarado 2014 0.00 DNP
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18 76 Pat Ahearne 2006 0.00 DNP
19 75 Jason Johnson 2010 0.00 DNP
20 74 Jeremy Powell 2012 0.00 DNP
21 74 Bryan Corey 2010 0.00 DNP
22 74 Eric Stults 2016 0.00 DNP
23 73 Vladimir Nunez 2011 0.00 DNP
24 73 Eric Junge 2013 0.00 DNP
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28 72 Shawn Estes 2009 0.00 DNP
29 72 Matt Palmer 2015 0.00 DNP
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31 71 Ken Ray 2011 0.00 DNP
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33 71 Chris Bootcheck 2015 0.00 DNP
34 70 Brian Sanches 2015 0.00 DNP
35 70 Kip Wells 2013 0.00 DNP
36 70 Nate Bump 2013 0.00 DNP
37 70 Nate Robertson 2014 0.00 DNP
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39 70 Rick Helling 2007 0.00 DNP
40 70 Julio Manon 2009 0.00 DNP
41 69 Wilson Alvarez 2006 0.00 DNP
42 69 Randy Williams 2012 0.00 DNP
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44 68 Bruce Chen 2013 3.42
45 68 Max Lanier 1952 4.55
46 68 Chan Ho Park 2009 4.64
47 68 Mike Flanagan 1988 4.48
48 68 Darren Oliver 2007 4.34
49 68 Sonny Siebert 1973 5.09
50 67 Stephen Randolph 2010 0.00 DNP
51 67 Chuck Finley 1999 4.94
52 67 Jarrod Washburn 2011 0.00 DNP
53 67 Tim Harikkala 2008 0.00 DNP
54 67 Al Leiter 2002 4.36
55 67 Esteban Loaiza 2008 5.67
56 66 Freddy Garcia 2013 4.48
57 66 Rodrigo Lopez 2012 8.53
58 66 Rudy May 1981 4.33
59 66 Joe Dobson 1953 4.11
60 66 Charlie Leibrandt 1993 5.03
61 66 Alberto Castillo 2012 0.00 DNP
62 66 Elmer Dessens 2007 8.47
63 66 Kenshin Kawakami 2011 0.00 DNP
64 66 Gary Glover 2013 0.00 DNP
65 66 Tim Hudson 2012 3.87
66 66 Chris Carpenter 2011 3.72
67 66 Murry Dickson 1953 7.36
68 66 Scott Atchison 2012 1.93
69 66 Mark Portugal 1999 5.99
70 66 Bobby Korecky 2016 0.00 DNP
71 65 Paul Byrd 2007 5.01
72 65 Roy Oswalt 2014 0.00 DNP
73 65 Mark Buehrle 2015 4.53
74 65 Bronson Arroyo 2013 3.92
75 65 Braden Looper 2011 0.00 DNP
76 65 Jeff Fassero 1999 7.77
77 65 Bartolo Colon 2009 6.06
78 65 Carl Pavano 2012 6.57
79 65 Randy Wolf 2013 0.00 DNP
80 65 Kevin Millwood 2011 4.31
81 65 Rick Rhoden 1989 4.56
82 65 Rich Hill 2016 2.31
83 65 Early Wynn 1956 3.01
84 65 Phil Niekro 1975 3.75 DNP
85 65 Chris Michalak 2007 0.00 DNP
86 65 Josh Kinney 2015 0.00 DNP
87 65 Mark Hendrickson 2010 5.50
88 65 Steve Trachsel 2007 5.07
89 64 Kirk Rueter 2007 0.00 DNP
90 64 Tim Wakefield 2003 4.67
91 64 Pat Mahomes 2007 0.00 DNP
92 64 Whitey Ford 1965 3.57
93 64 Sam Jones 1962 4.20 DNP
94 64 John Bale 2010 0.00 DNP
95 64 Ed Whitson 1991 5.38
96 64 Don Sutton 1981 2.89
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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2016 After an impressive 13-start rookie season in 2014, Wada returned to the Cubs on a one-year, $4 million deal. He looked like the top candidate to take the fifth spot in the rotation out of spring training, but injuries pushed his season debut back to May 20th. He only made seven starts before succumbing to shoulder inflammation in his throwing arm. After another month on the DL, Wada spent the next two months starting games in Triple-A before returning to the majors as a September call-up. Wada signed quickly in the offseason, opting to return to Japan rather than battle once again for a roster spot in the majors. He could conceivably make a return to North America after proving his health in Japan, but he's 35 and few make the trip twice.
2015 Finally healthy, Tsuyoshi Wada got his first taste of the bigs and became the no. 3/4 starter the Orioles originally signed him to be three winters ago.
2014 Well that didn't work. Wada spent all of 2013 at Triple-A after undergoing Tommy John surgery in May 2012. The lefty's two-year, $8 million contract thus expired without him throwing a single pitch in the major leagues. Baltimore, you'll be surprised to hear, declined his $5 million option just after the season ended. It is a requirement that Baseball Prospectus comments about Wada use the phrase "crafty lefty," so there you go.
2013 The O’s surely didn’t expect a Chen-like 4.02 ERA out of their "other" Japanese pitcher when they signed Wada last offseason, but they certainly expected more than two minor-league innings. Injuries abruptly ended Wada’s 2012 campaign, and he underwent Tommy John surgery in May; he should return early this season. The Japanese-born lefty is definitely of the crafty variety, working with an unexceptional fastball in the 85-88 mph range. Instead, he relies on plus command and deception to attack hitters. In an ideal world one would call Wada a fifth starter, but he may be more suited to a swingman role. One scout compared him to Hisanori Takahashi in this regard.
2012 The Orioles showed quite an interest in Asian imports this winter, ultimately resulting in the signing of Tsuyoshi Wada in the hope that he can give the back end of their rotation some stability after starters came and went like women from Barney Stinson's bachelor pad in 2011. Fitting the crafty lefty mold, Wada's fastball sits at an unremarkable 85-88 mph, but his command is a legitimate plus tool that should help him get by as a fifth starter or, at the very least, a decent swingman.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-09-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you have any thoughts on Kyle Hendricks and Tsuyoshi Wada? Scouts and prognosticators seem to mostly tab them as back-end-of-the-rotation pitchers, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Based off what you've seen from them this year, do you think the Cubs are considering them as rotation options in the mid-to-long term?
(tomshipley75 from Chicago)
They're both cheap, so I don't see why not. It isn't like they have a bevy of options as the roster is currently constructed. I'm sure they'll sign one, if not two pitchers this offseason. I like Hendricks more, but it's still a back end profile. (Jordan Gorosh)
2012-03-23 12:00:00 (link to chat)There are a couple of new Non-Darvish Japanese pitchers this year: Wei-yin Chin, Tsuyoshi Wada, and Hisashi Iwakuma. Will any of them have decent seasons in America?
(Paul from DC)
I like Iwakuma's chances more than Chin. Unfortunately, the Mariners gave Millwood a rotation spot over Iwakuma for now but that presents a bit of a draft day bargain. (Jason Collette)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2016, Tsuyoshi Wada threw 1,707 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2014 and 2015, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2015, he relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (89mph), also mixing in a Sinker (89mph), Splitter (82mph), Slider (83mph) and Curve (74mph). He also rarely threw a Cutter (86mph).