Biographical

Portrait of Akinori Otsuka

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Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA WARP
4 232 13 15 39 217 2.44 5
Birth Date1-13-1972
Height6' 0"
Weight200 lbs
BatsR
ThrowsR
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
2004 SDN 32 73 0 77.3 0.0 77.3 7 2 2 5 0 0 312 56 16 15 6 86 26 20 0 87 1.75 2.72 2.72 19.5 2.0
2005 SDN 33 66 0 62.7 0.0 62.7 2 8 1 7 0 0 276 55 28 25 3 77 34 26 2 60 3.59 3.42 3.94 6.8 0.6
2006 TEX 34 63 0 59.7 0.0 59.7 2 4 32 4 0 0 232 53 17 14 3 70 11 11 0 47 2.11 2.82 3.72 15.8 1.5
2007 TEX 35 34 0 32.3 0.0 32.3 2 1 4 3 0 0 131 26 10 9 0 33 9 8 0 23 2.51 2.72 3.30 8.3 0.8
Career2360232.00.0232.01315391900951190716312266806522172.442.943.3950.55.0

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
1997 OSA npb 52 0 82.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 OSA npb 49 0 55.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 OSA npb 25 0 29.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 OSA npb 39 0 41.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 OSA npb 48 0 56.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 OSA npb 41 1 42.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 CHU npb 51 0 43.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 SDN MLB 73 0 77.3 2.72 137 .210 .270 .339 .441 .267 .259 92 19.7 1.9 19.5 2.0
2005 SDN MLB 66 0 62.7 3.94 106 .241 .269 .336 .431 .265 .294 91 7.1 0.7 6.8 0.6
2006 TEX MLB 63 0 59.7 3.72 131 .197 .273 .339 .428 .259 .292 109 15.8 1.5 15.8 1.5
2006 JPN wor 3 0 3.1 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 TEX MLB 34 0 32.3 3.30 134 .213 .276 .345 .437 .269 .263 102 8.3 0.8 8.3 0.8

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
1997 OSA npb 4 5 7 52 0 82.7 44 46 127 2 0% .000 4.8 5.0 0.2 13.8 1.09 0.00 0.0 0.0
1998 OSA npb 3 2 35 49 0 55.3 43 25 74 5 0% .000 7.0 4.1 0.8 12.0 1.23 0.00 0.0 0.0
1999 OSA npb 1 4 6 25 0 29.7 24 10 32 1 0% .000 7.3 3.0 0.3 9.7 1.14 0.00 0.0 0.0
2000 OSA npb 1 3 24 39 0 41.7 31 13 49 3 0% .000 6.7 2.8 0.6 10.6 1.06 0.00 0.0 0.0
2001 OSA npb 2 5 26 48 0 56.0 42 15 82 7 0% .000 6.8 2.4 1.1 13.2 1.02 0.00 0.0 0.0
2002 OSA npb 2 1 22 41 1 42.3 22 3 54 4 0% .000 4.7 0.6 0.9 11.5 0.59 0.00 0.0 0.0
2003 CHU npb 1 3 17 51 0 43.0 31 5 56 4 0% .000 6.5 1.0 0.8 11.7 0.84 2.09 0.0 0.0
2004 SDN MLB 7 2 2 73 0 77.3 56 26 87 6 51% .259 6.5 3.0 0.7 10.1 1.06 1.75 19.5 2.0
2005 SDN MLB 2 8 1 66 0 62.7 55 34 60 3 53% .294 7.9 4.9 0.4 8.6 1.42 3.59 6.8 0.6
2006 TEX MLB 2 4 32 63 0 59.7 53 11 47 3 53% .292 8.0 1.7 0.5 7.1 1.07 2.11 15.8 1.5
2006 JPN wor 0 0 0 3 0 3.1 0 1 3 0 0% .000 0.0 2.9 0.0 8.7 0.32 0.00 0.0 0.0
2007 TEX MLB 2 1 4 34 0 32.3 26 9 23 0 57% .263 7.2 2.5 0.0 6.4 1.08 2.51 8.3 0.8

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

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2007-07-02 2007-10-01 60-DL 91 81 Right Forearm Inflammation -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2007 TEX $3,000,000
2006 TEX $1,750,000
2005 SDN $800,000
2004 SDN $700,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
4 yrPrevious$6,250,000
4 yrTotal$6,250,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 yDon Nomura

Details
  • non-tendered 12/12/07 avoided arbitration 1/07, 1 year/$3M (07)
  • acquired in trade from SD 12/05
  • SD exercised $1.75M 06 club option 11/05
  • 2 year/$1.5M (04-05)+$1.75M 06 club option
  • 04:$0.7M, 05:$0.8M, 06:$1.75M club option
  • SD pd $0.3M to Chunichi for rights

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
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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2008 Otsuka was having his second consecutive strong season with the Rangers when he pulled out of a game on July 1 with a sore forearm, never to return to the active roster. At one point it was thought that he'd require Tommy John surgery, but that never transpired, and by November, the Rangers were talking about how Otsuka had resumed throwing and looked good. A little more than one month later they non-tendered him, so perhaps the question should have been, "Looking good relative to what?"
2007 Last year we suggested that a change of leagues was just the thing for a pitcher with Otsuka`s unorthodox way of throwing, in that, once such a pitcher`s quirks become familiar, they become hittable. That proved to be good advice, as Otsuka rebounded strongly after moving over to the junior circuit, even assuming the job of Rangers` closer. PECOTA sees another 2005-like downturn coming next year, though. Now that he`s done both Japanese leagues and both American leagues, where else can he go that they`ve never seen his act? The Rangers had this in mind when they signed Eric Gagne with the intention of pushing Otsuka back into a setup role.
2006 Otsuka`s second season was markedly worse than the first, giving mileage to the theory that his unorthodox delivery is more effective the first time through the league. That`s about the only positive spin you can put on his move to Texas for 2006, where he`ll have to rebound from a heavy workload in a much less friendly pitching environment.
2005 For all the relative hype given not only the Matsuis but also stiffs like Tsuyoshi Shinjo, Otsuka has been the best bargain to emerge out of Japan. The once-dominating closer settled in as a seventh- and eighth-inning assassin, confounding hitters with his funky hesitation delivery. Though cynics said major league hitters would figure out his motion and start belting him, Otsuka's slider-splitter combo fooled all comers from April to October. Though an Ichiro in his prime will always be the prize all teams shoot for, the monster seasons Otsuka and Shingo Takatsu put up for rock-bottom prices will trigger far greater demand the next time a 30-something Japanese stopper comes up for bid.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2008-12-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)What type of deal do you see Koji Uehara getting? Who's works better for the Giants, him or Randy on a one year deal?
(rpartee from Tucson)
Couple years, couple million per. He was a dominant starter, but Japanese workloads mean most don't have long careers. I'm not sure if he's a closer, but I think he can have a couple solid, Akinori Otsuka type seasons at worst. Since I'm not sure if he can or even wants to start, comparing him to Johnson isn't fair. For Johnson, I think he has to go somewhere with a top notch medical staff. The Giants or Dodgers make a lot of sense there, maybe Texas. (Will Carroll)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2014, Akinori Otsuka threw 313 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system in 2007, all of them occuring in the MLB Regular Season. In 2007, he relied primarily on his Slider (84mph) and Fourseam Fastball (91mph), also mixing in a Curve (76mph). He also rarely threw a Change (85mph).