Shun Yamaguchi
Shun Yamaguchi
33-Year-Old PitcherRP
Toronto Blue Jays
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, $6.35 million deal. His versatility should be beneficial for the Blue Jays. He may be used as a swingman as they develop their rotation. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $6.35 million contract with the Blue Jays in December of 2019.
Appears destined for bullpen
PToronto Blue Jays
July 16, 2020
Yamaguchi is expected to fill a relief role for the Blue Jays to begin the season, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.
ANALYSIS
Yamaguchi's past success in Japan as both a starter and reliever was a big selling point when he was posted this winter, but for now, Toronto looks committed to using him out of the bullpen. Though Chase Anderson (oblique) is on track to open the season on the injured list, Yamaguchi doesn't appear to be garnering any consideration for replacing him in the rotation on the heels of a rough spring training, as Davidi names Anthony Kay, Ryan Borucki and Nate Pearson as the most likely fill-in candidates. Instead, look for the Blue Jays to use Yamaguchi mostly in lower-leverage spots initially as he continues to get acclimated to the North American game.
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Strong second outing
PToronto Blue Jays
March 1, 2020
Yamaguchi allowed one run over three innings while striking out three in Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Phillies, Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reports.
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Still adjusting to MLB routine
PToronto Blue Jays
February 27, 2020
Yamaguchi struggled in his first spring action Monday, giving up three hits, a walk and a HBP among the seven batters he faced, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet reports.
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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.
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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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