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Portrait of Kenshin Kawakami

Kenshin Kawakami PBraves

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Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA WARP
2 243.7 8 22 1 164 4.32 1.6
Birth Date6-22-1975
Height5' 11"
Weight200 lbs
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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
2009 ATL 34 32 25 156.3 142.7 13.7 7 12 1 1 13 0 669 153 73 67 15 258 57 51 6 105 3.86 4.17 4.83 7.5 1.0
2010 ATL 35 18 16 87.3 85.3 2.0 1 10 0 0 7 0 391 98 57 50 10 169 32 22 1 59 5.15 4.38 4.44 6.1 0.6
Career5041243.7228.015.782211200106025113011725427897371644.324.244.6913.61.6

Advanced

'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 FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
1998 CHU npb 26 25 161.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 CHU npb 29 25 162.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 CHU npb 14 10 60.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 CHU npb 26 25 145.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 CHU npb 27 1 187.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 CHU npb 8 0 53.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 CHU npb 27 0 192.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 CHU npb 25 25 180.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 -.892 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 CHU npb 29 28 215.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .248 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 CHU npb 26 26 167.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .312 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2008 CHU npb 20 16 117.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .275 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2009 ATL MLB 32 25 156.3 4.83 87 .268 .261 .328 .408 .261 .284 95 6.8 0.7 7.5 1.0
2010 ATL MLB 18 16 87.3 4.44 89 .310 .252 .317 .396 .262 .304 91 4.0 0.4 6.1 0.6
2010 GWN AAA 5 5 21.0 5.94 75 .276 .266 .331 .403 .253 .327 101 -1.2 -0.1 -1.2 -0.1
2011 MIS AA 16 6 40.7 7.83 43 .327 .262 .339 .405 .257 .362 104 -5.4 -0.5 -4.9 -0.5
2011 BRA Rk 2 1 3.0 1.28 175 .346 .306 .388 .508 .285 .583 99 0.9 0.1 0.9 0.1

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
1998 CHU npb 14 6 0 26 25 161.3 123 51 124 14 0% .000 6.9 2.8 0.8 6.9 1.08 0.00 0.0 0.0
1999 CHU npb 8 9 1 29 25 162.0 173 43 102 20 0% .000 9.6 2.4 1.1 5.7 1.33 0.00 0.0 0.0
2000 CHU npb 2 3 0 14 10 60.3 65 20 24 10 0% .000 9.7 3.0 1.5 3.6 1.41 0.00 0.0 0.0
2001 CHU npb 6 10 0 26 25 145.0 153 36 127 12 0% .000 9.5 2.2 0.7 7.9 1.30 0.00 0.0 0.0
2002 CHU npb 12 6 0 27 1 187.7 170 34 149 13 0% .000 8.2 1.6 0.6 7.1 1.09 0.00 0.0 0.0
2003 CHU npb 4 3 0 8 0 53.7 60 14 37 2 0% .000 10.1 2.3 0.3 6.2 1.38 3.02 0.0 0.0
2004 CHU npb 17 7 0 27 0 192.3 173 38 176 27 0% .000 8.1 1.8 1.3 8.2 1.10 3.32 0.0 0.0
2005 CHU npb 11 8 0 25 25 180.3 186 28 138 20 0% -.892 9.3 1.4 1.0 6.9 1.19 3.74 0.0 0.0
2006 CHU npb 17 7 0 29 28 215.0 166 39 194 22 0% .248 6.9 1.6 0.9 8.1 0.95 2.51 0.0 0.0
2007 CHU npb 12 8 0 26 26 167.3 175 23 145 18 0% .312 9.4 1.2 1.0 7.8 1.18 3.55 0.0 0.0
2008 CHU npb 9 5 0 20 16 117.3 99 25 112 11 0% .275 7.6 1.9 0.8 8.6 1.06 2.30 0.0 0.0
2009 ATL MLB 7 12 1 32 25 156.3 153 57 105 15 44% .284 8.8 3.3 0.9 6.0 1.34 3.86 7.5 1.0
2010 GWN AAA 0 1 0 5 5 21.0 26 5 22 5 28% .327 11.1 2.1 2.1 9.4 1.48 4.29 -1.2 -0.1
2010 ATL MLB 1 10 0 18 16 87.3 98 32 59 10 42% .304 10.1 3.3 1.0 6.1 1.49 5.15 6.1 0.6
2011 BRA Rk 0 0 0 2 1 3.0 7 1 3 0 58% .583 21.0 3.0 0.0 9.0 2.67 15.00 0.9 0.1
2011 MIS AA 2 4 0 16 6 40.7 56 16 32 9 32% .362 12.4 3.5 2.0 7.1 1.77 8.41 -4.9 -0.5

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 2440 0.4988 0.4563 0.8381 0.6475 0.2649 0.8934 0.7037 0.1601
2010 1421 0.5060 0.4644 0.8252 0.6426 0.2792 0.8853 0.6837 0.1702
Career38610.50140.45930.83340.64570.27020.89040.69630.1638

Injury History

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

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
Weighted Mean?????0.0????.0000.000.00?0.00.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
0% 0% 0% 0% 0%

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
8.53.24.6out of baseballout of baseballout of baseball16.2

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 74)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 88 Pedro Astacio 2008 0.00 DNP
2 84 Mickey Lolich 1980 0.00 DNP
3 84 Joe Nuxhall 1968 0.00 DNP
4 83 Preacher Roe 1955 0.00 DNP
5 83 Doyle Alexander 1990 0.00 DNP
6 83 John Burkett 2004 0.00 DNP
7 82 Bert Blyleven 1990 5.71
8 82 Steve Renko 1984 0.00 DNP
9 82 Orlando Hernandez 2005 5.40
10 82 Jerry Koosman 1982 4.26
11 82 Mark Gardner 2001 5.60
12 81 Rick Reed 2004 0.00 DNP
13 81 Harry Brecheen 1954 0.00 DNP
14 81 Brett Tomko 2012 0.00 DNP
15 81 Harvey Haddix 1965 5.61
16 81 Robin Roberts 1966 5.30
17 81 Luis Tiant 1980 5.22
18 81 Frank Tanana 1993 4.88
19 81 Jim Bunning 1971 5.89
20 80 Sonny Siebert 1976 0.00 DNP
21 80 Masato Yoshii 2004 0.00 DNP
22 80 Bartolo Colon 2012 3.66
23 80 Kevin Tapani 2003 0.00 DNP
24 79 Danny Darwin 1995 7.82
25 79 Whitey Ford 1968 0.00 DNP
26 78 Mark Langston 2000 0.00 DNP
27 78 Dave Stewart 1996 0.00 DNP
28 78 Scott Sanderson 1996 10.50
29 78 David Cone 2002 0.00 DNP
30 77 Mark Leiter 2002 0.00 DNP
31 77 Ed Lopat 1957 0.00 DNP
32 77 Hal Brown 1964 4.62
33 77 Jim Kaat 1978 4.30
34 76 Brian Moehler 2011 0.00 DNP
35 76 Tom Seaver 1984 4.11
36 76 Virgil Trucks 1956 4.20
37 76 Woodie Fryman 1979 3.88
38 76 Jeff Fassero 2002 5.48
39 76 Murry Dickson 1956 3.69
40 75 Kevin Appier 2007 0.00 DNP
41 75 Mike Morgan 1999 6.94
42 75 Tim Belcher 2001 0.00 DNP
43 75 Sal Maglie 1956 3.08
44 75 Sid Hudson 1954 5.58
45 75 Fergie Jenkins 1982 3.81
46 74 Orel Hershiser 1998 4.68
47 74 Bud Black 1996 0.00 DNP
48 74 Early Wynn 1959 3.73
49 74 Jerry Reuss 1988 3.89
50 74 Hank Aguirre 1970 4.50
51 74 Lew Burdette 1966 3.50
52 73 Jack Sanford 1968 0.00 DNP
53 73 Rick Aguilera 2001 0.00 DNP
54 72 Chuck Finley 2002 4.58
55 72 Bob Buhl 1968 0.00 DNP
56 72 Art Fowler 1962 2.76 DNP
57 72 Jim Bibby 1984 4.41
58 72 Jack Morris 1994 6.11
59 71 Cal McLish 1965 0.00 DNP
60 71 Bob Forsch 1989 5.65
61 71 Jim Palmer 1985 0.00 DNP
62 70 Tom Candiotti 1997 4.00
63 70 Jon Lieber 2009 0.00 DNP
64 70 Mike Flanagan 1991 2.47
65 70 David Wells 2002 4.32
66 69 Mike Cuellar 1976 5.30
67 69 Steve Carlton 1984 4.09
68 69 Dizzy Trout 1954 0.00 DNP
69 69 Scott Erickson 2007 0.00 DNP
70 69 Al Leiter 2005 6.58
71 69 Roy Face 1967 3.09
72 69 Don Sutton 1984 4.36
73 69 Steve Sparks 2005 0.00 DNP
74 68 Terry Mulholland 2002 6.38
75 68 Jeff Reardon 1995 0.00 DNP
76 68 Joe Hoerner 1976 6.17
77 68 Gaylord Perry 1978 3.28
78 68 Jim Hearn 1960 0.00 DNP
79 67 Larry Jackson 1970 0.00 DNP
80 67 Paul Byrd 2010 0.00 DNP
81 67 Curt Simmons 1968 0.00 DNP
82 67 Ramon Ortiz 2012 0.00 DNP
83 67 Bob Gibson 1975 5.45 DNP
84 67 Lindy McDaniel 1975 4.62 DNP
85 67 Phil Niekro 1978 3.47
86 66 Barney Schultz 1966 0.00 DNP
87 66 Dennis Cook 2002 3.38
88 66 Nelson Figueroa 2013 0.00 DNP
89 66 Rudy May 1984 0.00 DNP
90 66 Dennis Martinez 1993 4.41
91 66 Kenny Rogers 2004 4.97
92 66 Bob Patterson 1998 7.97
93 66 Rick Sutcliffe 1995 0.00 DNP
94 65 John Candelaria 1993 8.69
95 65 Bobby Shantz 1965 0.00 DNP
96 65 Tug McGraw 1984 4.03
97 65 Ron Reed 1982 2.76
98 65 Tony Fossas 1997 5.75
99 65 Nolan Ryan 1986 3.64
100 65 Jim Brewer 1977 0.00 DNP

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2011 By the second half of the season, the Braves had clearly lost all faith in Kawakami, passing him over in favor of the unproven, rusty Brandon Beachy when they needed a fill-in for the injured Jurrjens. Without a true out pitch, Kawakami struggled in 2010, getting by (at best) with a 88-91 mph fastball and slow, looping curve that tended to get crushed in the middle innings. Still on the hook for $6.67 million in 2011, the Braves did their best to say sayonara by waiving Kawakami and removing him from the 40-man roster, praying all the while that a team back in Japan would be willing to pick up some portion of his deal.
2010 The Braves signed Kawakami to be a solid back-of-the-rotation starter, and in the end he was just that, no less but also no more, although he garnered the nickname "Dragonslayer" from his teammates for out-pitching Ervin Santana and Roy Halladay. He's a classic Japanese pitcher who mixes a wide-ranging arsenal to keep hitters off their toes. The one drawback is that pitchers who rely on trickery tend to rack up high pitch counts. Still, Kawakami should easily be worth the $13.3 million he'll be paid over the next two years.

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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 2014, Kenshin Kawakami threw 3,812 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).