Shun Yamaguchi
32-Year-Old PitcherRP
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Yamaguchi has been one of the better starters in Japan the past two seasons, going 15-4 with a 2.91 ERA and 10.0 K/9 in 2019. He served as a closer earlier in his career, but found that working in the rotation suited him better. He has low-90s fastball velocity, but has an outstanding mix of breaking pitches (splitter, slider, curveball). He may be seen as more of a long reliever given his lack of velocity and age (32 next season), but he will get a chance to win a spot in the rotation with Toronto after moving over from the Yomiuri Giants via the posting system -- he signed a two-year, $6.35 million deal. His versatility should be beneficial for the Blue Jays. He may be used as a swingman as they develop their rotation. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $6.35 million contract with the Blue Jays in December of 2019.
Agrees to terms with Blue Jays
PToronto Blue Jays
December 17, 2019
Yamaguchi agreed to a two-year, $6.35 million contract with the Blue Jays on Tuesday pending a physical, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.
ANALYSIS
The 32-year-old has performed as both a reliever and a starter in Japan, but his most recent work has come primarily as a starter. Yamaguchi had one of his most effective seasons in 2019, posting a 2.78 ERA with a 1.17 WHIP over 181 innings. His versatility should be beneficial for the Blue Jays, where he could perform as a back-end starter as they develop their rotation or as a reliever, a role where he has been successful in the past.
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Posted by Yomiuri
PFree Agent
December 3, 2019
Yamaguchi was posted by the Yomiuri Giants of NPB on Tuesday, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.
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PFree Agent
January 5, 2013
Yamaguchi has informed his team, the Yokohama DeNA Baystars that he would like to be posted following the 2013 season, Sponichi reports. It is not known whether Yokohama will grant his request.
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