Biographical

Portrait of Kenshin Kawakami

Kenshin Kawakami P

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Career Summary
Years G IP W L SV ERA WARP
14 50 243.7 8 22 1 4.32 -1.5
Birth Date6-22-1975
Height5' 11"
Weight200 lbs
BatsR
ThrowsR
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
2009 ATL MLB 32 25 156.3 7 12 1 153 57 105 15 .261 95 8.8 3.3 0.9 6.0 44% .284 .268 1.34 4.17 3.86 113 5.65 0.0 -0.2
2010 ATL MLB 18 16 87.3 1 10 0 98 32 59 10 .262 91 10.1 3.3 1.0 6.1 42% .304 .310 1.49 4.38 5.15 116 6.55 127.0 -1.3
CareerMLB5041243.782212518916425.261939.33.30.96.143%.292.2831.404.244.321145.97117.8-1.5

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-
1998 CHU npb 26 25 161.3 14 6 0 123 51 124 14 .000 6.9 2.8 0.8 6.9 0% -.577 .000 1.08 -0.31 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
1999 CHU npb 29 25 162.0 8 9 1 173 43 102 20 .000 9.6 2.4 1.1 5.7 0% -.927 .000 1.33 0.06 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2000 CHU npb 14 10 60.3 2 3 0 65 20 24 10 .000 9.7 3.0 1.5 3.6 0% -1.019 .000 1.41 1.47 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2001 CHU npb 26 25 145.0 6 10 0 153 36 127 12 .000 9.5 2.2 0.7 7.9 0% -.806 .000 1.30 -0.88 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2002 CHU npb 27 1 187.7 12 6 0 170 34 149 13 .000 8.2 1.6 0.6 7.1 0% -.801 .000 1.09 -0.69 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2003 CHU npb 8 0 53.7 4 3 0 60 14 37 2 .000 10.1 2.3 0.3 6.2 0% -1.074 .000 1.38 2.98 3.02 0 0.00 0.0
2004 CHU npb 27 0 192.3 17 7 0 173 38 176 27 .000 8.1 1.8 1.3 8.2 0% -.596 .000 1.10 3.74 3.32 0 0.00 0.0
2005 CHU npb 25 25 180.3 11 8 0 186 28 138 20 .000 9.3 1.4 1.0 6.9 0% -.892 .000 1.19 3.57 3.74 0 0.00 0.0
2006 CHU npb 29 28 215.0 17 7 0 166 39 194 22 .000 6.9 1.6 0.9 8.1 0% .248 .000 0.95 3.11 2.51 0 0.00 0.0
2007 CHU npb 26 26 167.3 12 8 0 175 23 145 18 .000 9.4 1.2 1.0 7.8 0% .312 .000 1.18 3.22 3.55 0 0.00 0.0
2008 CHU npb 20 16 117.3 9 5 0 99 25 112 11 .000 7.6 1.9 0.8 8.6 0% .275 .000 1.06 3.01 2.30 0 0.00 0.0
2009 ATL MLB 32 25 156.3 7 12 1 153 57 105 15 .261 95 8.8 3.3 0.9 6.0 44% .284 .268 1.34 4.17 3.86 0 0.00 0.0
2010 ATL MLB 18 16 87.3 1 10 0 98 32 59 10 .262 91 10.1 3.3 1.0 6.1 42% .304 .310 1.49 4.38 5.15 116 6.55 127.0
2010 GWN AAA 5 5 21.0 0 1 0 26 5 22 5 .253 101 11.1 2.1 2.1 9.4 28% .327 .276 1.48 5.15 4.29 92 3.81 96.7
2011 MIS AA 16 6 40.7 2 4 0 56 16 32 9 .257 104 12.4 3.5 2.0 7.1 32% .362 .327 1.77 6.01 8.41 112 5.80 112.3
2011 BRA Rk 2 1 3.0 0 0 0 7 1 3 0 .285 99 21.0 3.0 0.0 9.0 58% .583 .346 2.67 2.42 15.00 95 4.02 101.7

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
2009 2437 0.4842 0.4432 0.8250 0.6381 0.2601 0.8845 0.6881 0.1750
2010 1417 0.4982 0.4524 0.8159 0.6331 0.2729 0.8680 0.6959 0.1841
Career38540.48930.44660.82170.63630.26480.87840.6910.1783

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
2011-07-13 2011-08-13 Minors 31 0 - Not Disclosed - -
2011-04-18 2011-06-09 Minors 52 0 Right Shoulder Strain Rotator Cuff -
2010-05-19 2010-05-19 DTD 0 0 Right Foot Blister -
2010-05-04 2010-05-04 DTD 0 0 Right Foot Blister -
2010-03-31 2010-04-05 Camp 5 0 Right Fingers Blister Index Finger -
2009-06-25 2009-07-03 DTD 8 7 Left Neck Contusion -
2009-04-29 2009-05-05 DTD 6 5 Right Shoulder Fatigue -
2009-03-19 2009-03-25 Camp 6 0 Right Shoulder Soreness -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2011 ATL $7,330,000
2010 ATL $7,333,667
2009 ATL $8,333,667
YearsDescriptionSalary
3 yrPrevious$22,997,334
3 yrTotal$22,997,334

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
1 y 161 dDan Evans3 years/$23M (2009-11)

Details
  • Signed for 2012 with Chunichi Dragons of Japan's Central League.
  • 3 years/$23M (2009-11). Signed by Atlanta as a free agent 1/13/09. $2M signing bonus (paid between 2/09 and 5/09). 09:$7.667M, 10:$6.667M, 11:$6.667M. Kawakami may become a free agent if he and the club do agree to new contract by 10/15/11 or one day after final game of 2011 World Series. Award bonuses: $25,000 for LCS MVP. $50,000 each for Gold Glove, WS MVP, Rolaids award, All Star. $0.1M for Cy Young, $0.1M for Rookie of Year ($50,000 for 2nd place, $25,000 for 3rd). Perks: interpreter, $25,000 moving expenses, housing and SUV during Spring Training, access to massage therapist, 8 round-trip business- or first-class airline tickets between Tokyo and Atlanta. Sent outright to AAA by Atlanta 11/13/10.
  • 1998 - 2008. Chunichi Dragons of Japanese Central League

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BP Articles

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This article requires BP Premium accessPurpose Pitches: NL NRIs of NoteChristina Kahrl2011-02-24
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Weekly Roundup, January 28-February 3Christina Kahrl2011-02-04
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Prospectus Perspective: The Manager of the Year AwardChristina Kahrl2010-11-18
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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2010-08-02 13:30:00 (link to chat)What should the Braves do with Kenshin Kawakami? He's pitched 1 inning since June 26, yet he's still on the active roster.
(Brent from Raleigh)
Having ditched the execrable Jesse Chavez, I don't see a problem with holding onto him as the token 12th pitcher, and insurance against an injury in the rotation. This thing isn't won yet, after all. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-05-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Jay Could you rank the following pitchers going forward: Bud Norris, Kenshin Kawakami, John Ely and Chris Narveson. Thanks
(Ed from Cranford, NJ)
Except for Ely, they're all sporting pretty high ERAs at the moment. Narveson has shown he can can miss bats, which is pretty handy for a lefty, Kawakami and Norris showed they belonged at the major league level last year. Ely certainly didn't register as the type of stopper he's been in the past two outings, so I worry that his success may be more short-lived. (Jay Jaffe)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2016, Kenshin Kawakami threw 3,991 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2009 and 2010, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2010, he relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (90mph) and Splitter (84mph), also mixing in a Curve (72mph) and Cutter (87mph).