Biographical

Portrait of Kei Igawa

Kei Igawa PYankees

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Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA WARP
2 71.7 2 4 0 53 6.66 0.2
Birth Date7-13-1979
Height6' 1"
Weight210 lbs
BatsL
ThrowsL
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
2007 NYA 27 14 12 67.7 61.3 6.3 2 3 0 0 2 0 313 76 48 47 15 145 37 36 4 53 6.25 6.44 5.96 2.1 0.1
2008 NYA 28 2 1 4.0 3.0 1.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 24 13 6 6 0 17 0 0 0 0 13.50 3.16 4.54 0.8 0.1
Career161371.764.37.32400203378954531516237364536.666.265.852.80.2

Advanced

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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
1999 HNS npb 7 3 15.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 HNS npb 9 4 39.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 HNS npb 29 28 192.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 HNS npb 31 1 209.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 HNS npb 29 0 206.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 HNS npb 29 0 200.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 HNS npb 27 27 172.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 -.772 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 HNS npb 29 29 209.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .282 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 NYA MLB 14 12 67.7 5.96 80 .303 .265 .334 .416 .263 .299 102 1.4 0.1 2.1 0.1
2007 TAM A+ 2 2 9.0 4.71 107 .195 .241 .309 .349 .237 .250 106 1.1 0.1 1.1 0.1
2007 SWB AAA 11 11 68.3 4.86 83 .260 .263 .332 .394 .258 .315 88 0.5 0.1 0.5 0.1
2008 NYA MLB 2 1 4.0 4.54 107 .416 .274 .334 .429 .263 .542 104 0.8 0.1 0.8 0.1
2008 SWB AAA 26 24 156.3 5.40 65 .248 .265 .332 .408 .263 .275 84 -13.0 -1.3 -13.0 -1.3
2009 SWB AAA 26 26 145.3 5.23 84 .275 .262 .327 .400 .248 .321 101 4.8 0.5 4.8 0.5
2010 SWB AAA 22 10 77.0 4.36 103 .258 .265 .335 .418 .257 .309 96 5.4 0.5 5.4 0.5
2011 TRN AA 16 6 54.3 6.67 42 .277 .259 .327 .401 .271 .277 89 -2.8 -0.3 -2.8 -0.3
2011 SWB AAA 4 4 22.7 6.60 55 .233 .258 .329 .393 .257 .235 93 -3.3 -0.3 -3.3 -0.3

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
1999 HNS npb 1 1 0 7 3 15.3 23 13 14 1 0% .000 13.5 7.6 0.6 8.2 2.35 0.00 0.0 0.0
2000 HNS npb 1 3 0 9 4 39.3 32 17 37 5 0% .000 7.3 3.9 1.1 8.5 1.25 0.00 0.0 0.0
2001 HNS npb 9 13 0 29 28 192.0 174 89 171 11 0% .000 8.2 4.2 0.5 8.0 1.37 0.00 0.0 0.0
2002 HNS npb 14 9 1 31 1 209.7 163 53 206 15 0% .000 7.0 2.3 0.6 8.8 1.03 0.00 0.0 0.0
2003 HNS npb 20 5 0 29 0 206.0 184 58 179 15 0% .000 8.0 2.5 0.7 7.8 1.17 2.80 0.0 0.0
2004 HNS npb 14 11 0 29 0 200.3 190 54 228 29 0% .000 8.5 2.4 1.3 10.2 1.22 3.73 0.0 0.0
2005 HNS npb 13 9 0 27 27 172.3 199 60 145 23 0% -.772 10.4 3.1 1.2 7.6 1.50 3.87 0.0 0.0
2006 HNS npb 14 9 0 29 29 209.0 180 49 194 17 0% .282 7.8 2.1 0.7 8.4 1.10 2.97 0.0 0.0
2007 SWB AAA 5 4 0 11 11 68.3 68 15 71 10 36% .315 9.0 2.0 1.3 9.4 1.22 3.69 0.5 0.1
2007 NYA MLB 2 3 0 14 12 67.7 76 37 53 15 31% .299 10.1 4.9 2.0 7.0 1.67 6.25 2.1 0.1
2007 TAM A+ 1 1 0 2 2 9.0 7 3 6 0 50% .250 7.0 3.0 0.0 6.0 1.11 2.00 1.1 0.1
2008 NYA MLB 0 1 0 2 1 4.0 13 0 0 0 46% .542 29.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.25 13.50 0.8 0.1
2008 SWB AAA 14 6 0 26 24 156.3 141 45 117 15 37% .275 8.1 2.6 0.9 6.7 1.19 3.45 -13.0 -1.3
2009 SWB AAA 10 8 0 26 26 145.3 165 40 105 21 33% .321 10.2 2.5 1.3 6.5 1.41 4.15 4.8 0.5
2010 SWB AAA 3 4 0 22 10 77.0 81 23 68 9 36% .309 9.5 2.7 1.1 7.9 1.35 4.32 5.4 0.5
2011 SWB AAA 1 0 0 4 4 22.7 18 13 12 2 39% .235 7.1 5.2 0.8 4.8 1.37 2.78 -3.3 -0.3
2011 TRN AA 2 2 1 16 6 54.3 52 24 40 8 29% .277 8.6 4.0 1.3 6.6 1.40 4.31 -2.8 -0.3

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 78 0.5256 0.5385 0.9524 0.7805 0.2703 0.9375 1.0000 0.0476
Career780.52560.53850.95240.78050.27030.937510.0476

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2011-08-31 2011-09-06 Minors 6 0 - Not Disclosed - -
2011-07-07 2011-08-13 Minors 37 0 - Not Disclosed - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2011 NYA $4,000,000
2010 NYA $4,000,000
2008 NYA $4,000,000
2007 NYA $4,000,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
4 yrPrevious$16,000,000
4 yrTotal$16,000,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 104 dArn Tellum5 years/$20M (2007-11)

Details
  • 5 years/$20M (2007-11). Posted by Hanshin Tigers of Japanese League 11/06. NY Yankees bid $26,000,194 for negotiating rights with Igawa 11/06. Signed by Yankees 12/06. 07:$4M, 08:$4M, 09:$4M, 10:$4M, 11:$4M. Performance bonuses: $0.125M each for 180, 190, 200 & 210 IP. Sent outright to AAA by Yankees 7/26/08.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2011-04-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Challenge trade: Kei Igawa for Dice-K ... who says no.
(Hot Stover from Mom's Basement)
Everyone. (Ben Lindbergh)
2009-10-23 16:00:00 (link to chat)I hear a lot about the smart decisions that the Yankees make with their money, but not a lot about all the poor decisions (Jaret Wright, Carl Pavano, Kei Igawa, etc.). Does it make a whole lot of sense to congratulate them for big contracts when the opportunity costs are essentially nil?
(Christopher from Nashville)
I don't think anyone congratulates them for big contracts or lauds smart decisions. In fact, more people discuss their poor decisions than praise them for having a lot of money. (Eric Seidman)
2008-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)what are the chances Norichika Aoki posts and plays for a mlb team next year?
(tycobb from ga)
This is more of a question for Mike Plugh, who does a great job with our Japanese League coverage. From what I understand, Aoki's like Yu Darvish, in the sense of being a top talent who's still a long way from free agency in Japan. Much like in majors, there's low incentive for a team to ship off a player in Japan when they still control his rights for a number of years. So the chances don't look good for the immediate future.

I'm fascinated by the posting system, however. It's reminiscent of the system before teams had farm systems, and prospects would be purchased by major league clubs from the minor league clubs that had them under contract; with a blind-bid aspect that makes things particularly dangerous. I'm not sure what lessons the MLB teams learned from the last round of posting, where the Rays stole Iwamura, the Yankees got rooked on Kei Igawa, and the Red Sox got exactly what they paid for in Daisuke Matsuzaka. (Derek Jacques)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2014, Kei Igawa threw 248 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2008, all of them occuring in the MLB Regular Season. In 2008, he relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (90mph), also mixing in a Slider (77mph) and Change (80mph). He also rarely threw a Curve (67mph).