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Kyuji Fujikawa PCubs

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2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 33)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
0.3 5.03 1.39 0 0 0 0 0.0
Birth Date7-21-1980
Height6' 0"
Weight190 lbs
Age34 years, 3 months, 4 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
2010
2011
2012
0.12013
0.12014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
2013 CHN 32 12 0 12.0 0.0 12.0 1 1 2 1 0 0 50 11 7 7 1 18 2 2 2 14 5.25 2.77 3.69 1.3 0.1
2014 CHN 33 15 0 13.0 0.0 13.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 64 18 8 7 2 24 6 4 2 17 4.85 4.33 3.71 0.7 0.1
Career27025.00.025.0112100114291514342864315.043.583.702.00.2

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
Minor league stats are currently shownClick to hide.
YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2000 HNS npb 19 0 22.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 HNS npb 12 1 68.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 HNS npb 17 0 29.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 HNS npb 26 0 31.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 HNS npb 80 0 92.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 -.317 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 HNS npb 63 0 79.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .270 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 JPN wor 4 0 2.1 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .444 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 HNS npb 71 0 83.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .271 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2008 HNS npb 63 0 67.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .227 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2009 HNS npb 49 0 57.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .252 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2010 HNS npb 58 0 62.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .278 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 CHN MLB 12 0 12.0 3.69 112 .255 .251 .318 .394 .260 .323 103 1.3 0.1 1.3 0.1
2013 TEN AA 1 0 2.0 3.90 111 .126 .261 .340 .408 .274 .167 108 0.1 0.0 0.1 0.0
2013 IOW AAA 1 0 1.0 1.29 172 .136 .260 .337 .365 .256 .000 93 0.4 0.0 0.4 0.0
2014 CHN MLB 15 0 13.0 3.71 107 .336 .254 .313 .398 .264 .432 100 0.7 0.1 0.7 0.1
2014 KNC A 2 0 1.7 0.16 196 .322 .274 .329 .383 .268 .333 98 1.2 0.1 1.2 0.1
2014 IOW AAA 6 0 6.0 3.51 126 .178 .255 .320 .403 .263 .294 91 1.1 0.1 1.1 0.1
2014 CUB Rk 4 2 4.0 3.39 131 -.002 .273 .345 .366 .277 .125 98 1.6 0.2 1.6 0.2

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
2000 HNS npb 0 0 0 19 0 22.7 25 18 25 1 0% .000 9.9 7.1 0.4 9.9 1.89 0.00 0.0 0.0
2002 HNS npb 1 5 0 12 1 68.0 56 30 64 6 0% .000 7.4 4.0 0.8 8.5 1.26 0.00 0.0 0.0
2003 HNS npb 1 1 0 17 0 29.3 28 12 19 4 0% .000 8.6 3.7 1.2 5.8 1.37 3.38 0.0 0.0
2004 HNS npb 2 0 0 26 0 31.0 26 11 35 3 0% .000 7.5 3.2 0.9 10.2 1.19 2.61 0.0 0.0
2005 HNS npb 7 1 1 80 0 92.3 57 20 139 5 0% -.317 5.6 2.0 0.5 13.6 0.83 1.37 0.0 0.0
2006 JPN wor 0 1 0 4 0 2.1 4 0 3 0 0% .444 17.1 0.0 0.0 12.9 1.90 0.00 0.0 0.0
2006 HNS npb 5 0 17 63 0 79.3 46 22 122 3 0% .270 5.2 2.5 0.3 13.8 0.86 0.68 0.0 0.0
2007 HNS npb 5 5 46 71 0 83.0 50 18 115 2 0% .271 5.4 2.0 0.2 12.5 0.82 1.63 0.0 0.0
2008 HNS npb 8 1 38 63 0 67.7 34 13 90 2 0% .227 4.5 1.7 0.3 12.0 0.69 0.66 0.0 0.0
2009 HNS npb 5 3 25 49 0 57.7 32 15 86 4 0% .252 5.0 2.3 0.6 13.4 0.81 1.25 0.0 0.0
2010 HNS npb 3 4 28 58 0 62.7 47 20 81 7 0% .278 6.7 2.9 1.0 11.6 1.07 2.01 0.0 0.0
2013 CHN MLB 1 1 2 12 0 12.0 11 2 14 1 50% .323 8.2 1.5 0.8 10.5 1.08 5.25 1.3 0.1
2013 IOW AAA 0 0 0 1 0 1.0 0 1 2 0 0% .000 0.0 9.0 0.0 18.0 1.00 0.00 0.4 0.0
2013 TEN AA 0 0 0 1 0 2.0 1 0 0 0 50% .167 4.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.50 0.00 0.1 0.0
2014 KNC A 0 0 0 2 0 1.7 1 1 4 0 33% .333 5.4 5.4 0.0 21.6 1.20 0.00 1.2 0.1
2014 CHN MLB 0 0 0 15 0 13.0 18 6 17 2 46% .432 12.5 4.2 1.4 11.8 1.85 4.85 0.7 0.1
2014 CUB Rk 0 0 0 4 2 4.0 1 1 5 0 38% .125 2.2 2.2 0.0 11.2 0.50 0.00 1.6 0.2
2014 IOW AAA 0 0 0 6 0 6.0 5 1 4 0 65% .294 7.5 1.5 0.0 6.0 1.00 1.50 1.1 0.1

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
2013 207 0.5072 0.4638 0.7396 0.6476 0.2745 0.8529 0.4643 0.2604
2014 226 0.4336 0.4912 0.7207 0.6735 0.3516 0.8333 0.5556 0.2793
Career4330.46880.47810.72970.66110.31470.84270.5120.2703

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-03-21 2014-08-06 60-DL 138 111 Right Elbow Recovery From Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2013-06-11 -
2013-05-27 2013-09-30 60-DL 126 113 Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2013-06-11 -
2013-04-13 2013-05-10 15-DL 27 24 Right Forearm Strain - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 CHN $500,000
2014 CHN $4,500,000
2013 CHN $4,500,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
1 yrPrevious$4,500,000
2011Current$4,500,000
2 yrPvs + Cur$9,000,000
1 yrFuture$500,000
3 yrTotal$9,500,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
1 y 0 dDon Nomura2 years/$9.5M (2013-14), 2015 option

Details
  • 2 years/$9.5M (2013-14), plus 2015 option. Signed by Chicago Cubs as a free agent 12/1/12. $1M signing bonus. 13:$4M, 14:$4M, 15:$5.5M club option, $0.5M buyout. 2015 option may become guaranteed for $5.5M-$6M based on games finished. May earn additional $2M annually in performance bonuses.
  • 2001-12: Hanshin Tigers, Japan.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA FRA VORP WARP
90o 0 0 0 0 0 45.2 30 10 44 4 .248 0.87 2.25 2.44 0.0 0.0
80o 0 0 0 0 0 37.4 27 9 36 3 .269 0.97 2.66 2.9 0.0 0.0
70o 0 0 0 0 0 32.0 25 8 31 3 .283 1.04 2.97 3.23 0.0 0.0
60o 0 0 0 0 0 27.6 23 7 27 3 .295 1.10 3.24 3.52 0.0 0.0
50o 0 0 0 0 0 23.5 21 7 23 2 .307 1.17 3.50 3.8 0.0 0.0
40o 0 0 0 0 0 19.6 18 6 19 2 .319 1.23 3.76 4.09 0.0 0.0
30o 0 0 0 0 0 15.5 15 5 15 2 .331 1.30 4.04 4.4 0.0 0.0
20o 0 0 0 0 0 10.9 11 4 11 1 .346 1.38 4.39 4.77 0.0 0.0
10o 0 0 0 0 0 4.8 5 2 5 1 .366 1.51 4.87 5.3 0.0 0.0
Weighted Mean0000022.2196212.3031.143.443.740.00.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
19% 39% 28% 16% 80%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 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 FRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
20153431051054501748745.3001.233.984.338.32.88.01.20.4
20163521047049461343645.3051.203.774.108.42.47.81.10.5
20173621036038381432545.3201.384.635.039.13.37.61.2-0.0
20183721036038381131445.3171.294.214.579.02.67.30.90.2
20193821032034331128545.3091.314.344.728.82.97.51.30.1
20203921031033331027445.3161.304.464.859.02.77.41.10.0
20214021034036351129445.3111.284.184.558.82.87.21.00.2
20224121032033341026445.3141.324.404.789.22.77.01.10.1
2023421102803031923445.3171.334.564.969.32.76.91.2-0.0

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
20.115.915.95.24.61.361.7

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 82)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 89 Justin Miller 2011 0.00 DNP
2 88 Kiko Calero 2008 3.86
3 87 Will Ohman 2011 4.39
4 87 Aaron Heilman 2012 0.00 DNP
5 87 Jay Howell 1989 1.69
6 87 Jeff Montgomery 1995 3.84
7 86 Mike Jackson 1998 1.55
8 86 Michael Wuertz 2012 0.00 DNP
9 85 Scott Linebrink 2010 4.87
10 85 Roberto Hernandez 1998 4.16
11 85 Justin Speier 2007 3.06
12 85 Jesus Colome 2011 0.00 DNP
13 85 Brendan Donnelly 2005 4.13
14 85 Grant Jackson 1976 2.42
15 85 Matt Thornton 2010 2.67
16 84 Joe Borowski 2004 8.02
17 84 John Hiller 1976 2.75
18 84 Tyler Walker 2009 3.06
19 84 Aaron Fultz 2007 2.92
20 84 Willie Hernandez 1988 3.33
21 84 Joe Hoerner 1970 3.28
22 84 Rudy Seanez 2002 6.82
23 84 Alberto Castillo 2009 3.75
24 83 Frank Francisco 2013 4.26
25 83 Roy Face 1961 4.21
26 83 Jose Valverde 2011 2.61
27 83 Pedro Feliciano 2010 3.45
28 83 Michael Gonzalez 2011 5.23
29 83 Joe Sambito 1985 15.19
30 83 Eric Plunk 1997 5.07
31 83 Kerry Wood 2010 3.33
32 83 Paul Shuey 2004 0.00 DNP
33 83 Akinori Otsuka 2005 4.02
34 83 John Wetteland 2000 5.25
35 83 Eric Gagne 2009 0.00 DNP
36 83 Ricardo Rincon 2003 3.42
37 83 Arthur Rhodes 2003 4.17
38 83 Bob Howry 2007 3.43
39 83 Billy Wagner 2005 1.97
40 82 Luis Ayala 2011 2.73
41 82 Mike Marshall 1976 4.35
42 82 Norm Charlton 1996 4.52
43 82 Guillermo Mota 2007 5.92
44 82 Jon Rauch 2012 4.37
45 82 Matt Wise 2009 0.00 DNP
46 82 Matt Miller 2005 1.82
47 82 Jack Taschner 2011 0.00 DNP
48 82 Dave Veres 2000 3.09
49 82 Donnie Moore 1987 4.05
50 82 Gene Garber 1981 3.53
51 81 Rich Gossage 1985 2.39
52 81 Shawn Camp 2009 4.07
53 81 Ryota Igarashi 2012 18.00
54 81 Rick Aguilera 1995 2.60
55 81 Fernando Rodney 2010 4.37
56 81 Tippy Martinez 1983 2.61
57 81 Dave Smith 1988 4.08
58 81 Mike Timlin 1999 4.29
59 81 Steve Reed 1998 3.25
60 81 Hoyt Wilhelm 1956 4.77
61 81 John Grabow 2012 0.00 DNP
62 81 Jesse Orosco 1990 4.87
63 81 Luis Vizcaino 2008 5.48
64 81 Jeff Nelson 2000 3.23
65 81 Rafael Betancourt 2008 5.32
66 80 Troy Percival 2003 4.01
67 80 Carl Willis 1994 7.28
68 80 Lee Smith 1991 2.34
69 80 Mike Henneman 1995 2.32
70 80 Jerry Spradlin 2000 6.30
71 80 Don Aase 1988 4.44
72 80 Ramon Hernandez 1974 2.88
73 80 Joey Eischen 2003 4.58
74 80 Brian Tallet 2011 10.12
75 80 J.J. Putz 2010 3.00
76 80 Dave Borkowski 2010 0.00 DNP
77 80 Tug McGraw 1978 3.91
78 80 Cliff Politte 2007 0.00 DNP
79 79 Kevin Gregg 2011 5.28
80 79 Mike Maddux 1995 4.74
81 79 Chuck McElroy 2001 6.36
82 79 Skip Lockwood 1980 6.11
83 79 Lindy McDaniel 1969 3.87
84 79 Gary Lavelle 1982 3.01
85 79 Juan Cruz 2012 3.03
86 79 Jerry Don Gleaton 1991 4.42
87 79 Brian Sanches 2012 9.95
88 79 Al Holland 1986 6.42
89 79 Chad Qualls 2012 5.85
90 79 Todd Jones 2001 5.16
91 79 Randy Flores 2009 5.25
92 79 Dan Wheeler 2011 4.56
93 79 Joaquin Benoit 2011 3.39
94 79 Mike Stanton 2000 4.24
95 79 Bill Campbell 1982 3.96
96 79 Alejandro Pena 1992 4.07
97 79 Trevor Hoffman 2001 3.73
98 79 Andy McGaffigan 1990 5.29
99 79 Mark Eichhorn 1994 2.54
100 78 Jeff Russell 1995 3.31

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .217 .280 .391 .255
11 vs R (Multi) .261 .320 .391 .249
18 Split (Multi) -.043 -.040 .000 .006
19 LgAvg (Multi) .010 .024 .026 .019
30 vs L (2013) .217 .280 .391 .255
31 vs R (2013) .261 .320 .391 .249
38 Split (2013) -.043 -.040 .000 .006
39 LgAvg (2013) .010 .022 .028 .019

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 The Cubs have had problems spelling relief M-A-R-M-O-L, so they went overseas to get an insurance plan. A closer in Japan, Fujikawa is ticketed as a set-up man in Chicago, but the Cubs could move him into the most prominent bullpen job if Marmol gets traded or starts 2013 like he did 2012. The Cubs prized Fujikawa for his durability, even though his age may be viewed as a concern. He caused a bit of a stir in the media by commenting that he didn't care if the Cubs, who don't like no-trade clauses, trade him eventually, but comments like that made through an interpreter should probably be taken with a grain of salt.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2013-05-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Ike Davis was just dropped in my 14 team 5x5 league. To add him I'd have to drop either Kevin Gregg or Kyuji Fujikawa. Because of his upside in this deep league, do I go for it? And which Cub do I drop?
(Tripp from VA)
Eh, I don't know. There is probably another Davis type on the wire. His upside isn't really THAT high after seeing what he did last year. He's a power source, nothing more. (Paul Sporer)
2013-04-10 20:00:00 (link to chat)So, who do you have finishing the season with the most saves for the Cubs, Cards and Brewers? thanks
(Kevin from Boston)
For the Cubs, I would have to guess Kyuji Fujikawa. Carlos Marmol might get the job again, but he would probably be put in there to showcase him for a trade. Trevor Rosenthal isn't the closer now in St. Louis, but Mitchell Boggs has already struggled so if I'm going to guess, I'm going to guess the guy with the skills and the stuff. Milwaukee is a mystery to me. I thought John Axford would lose the job but had no idea it would happen so quickly. I would guess Jim Henderson, but he has some of the same control/command issues that Ax does/did. My sleeper in this pen is Brandon Kintzler, but I don't see Kintzler as having a path to the job at the moment. (Mike Gianella)
2013-03-06 20:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat, Paul! Who do you think will be the Cubs' closer at the outset of 2013 and later in the season? How do you think Jason Grilli will do as closer in Pittsburgh? Thank you.
(Chopper from Indy)
I doubt someone takes Marmol off the Cubs hands, so he's still the closer. Kyuji Fujikawa is expected to have a great K rate and should be second-in-line in Chicago. Grilli is probably about the 20th ranked closer, but he has as good a chance as anyone in that group to hang onto the job. (Paul Singman)
2013-02-15 12:00:00 (link to chat) PECOTA is extremely bullish on Kyuji Fujikawa as well as Marmol (why). What are the chances that Fujikawa unseats Marmol as closer to start the season. If not the start of the season do you believe Fujikawa will take over the role sometime during the season.
(RUP from DC)
Marmol's contract dictates he gets first chance to fail. Personally, I'd draft Fujikawa before I would touch Marmol because I don't need the ulcer. Saves are saves are saves, but Marmol has done nothing to guarantee his job longer than a game to game status. (Jason Collette)
2013-02-15 12:00:00 (link to chat)Mr. Collette, who would you add to this list of the best relief pitching options (no closers) for ratios: Kenlay Jansen, Trevor Rosenthal and Kyuji Fujikawa.
(RP producers from USA)
Jake McGee, Luke Gregerson, Mark Melancon (Jason Collette)
2013-02-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)PECOTA is extremely bullish on Kyuji Fujikawa to the point that the Cubs would be foolish not name him the closer going into the season. Do you believe Fujikawa's transition to the BIGS will go smoothly and how long before he inherits the closers role from Marmol.
(The Piranha from VA)
If MarmLOL did his MarmLOLiness early and often, it won't take long. That said, PECOTA also like Marmol a good bit. (Paul Sporer)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Kyuji Fujikawa has thrown 515 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2009 and 2014, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, The World Baseball Classic and Spring Training. In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (92mph) and Cutter (90mph), also mixing in a Splitter (83mph). He also rarely throws a Curve (76mph) and Sinker (92mph).