Yoshi Tsutsugo

Yoshi Tsutsugo

30-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Pittsburgh Pirates
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Players arriving from overseas always come with plenty of intrigue, and that was as true as ever for Tsutsugo last offseason. There was added mystery in this case, as it wasn't entirely clear where he fit within the Rays' collection of largely mediocre corner bats, which was as deep as ever. Even after one season in the league, Tsutsugo's value remains somewhat hard to place. He hit just .197 in his MLB debut, but a strong 14.1 BB% and eight homers helped him to a respectable enough 98 wRC+. That mark isn't good enough for a corner player, especially one who played a lot of DH and graded very poorly at third base (though he did at least look good in left field). If that's all Tsutsugo is, expect his role to decrease going forward, but there's perhaps reason to expect at least a bit more, though a good bit of his poor average appears to be on him, as Statcast's .212 xBA still wouldn't be a strong mark. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#456
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$Signed a one-year, $4 million contract with the Pirates in November of 2021.
Re-signs with Pittsburgh
3BPittsburgh Pirates
November 24, 2021
Tsutsugo agreed to a one-year, $4 million contract with the Pirates on Wednesday, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
ANALYSIS
Tsutsugo spent time with the Rays and Dodgers in 2021 before joining the Pirates, and he performed well in Pittsburgh with a .268/.347/.535 slash line, eight homers, 25 RBI and 20 runs in 43 games. The 29-year-old should see plenty of opportunities next season for the Pirates, regardless of whether he plays primarily at first base, third base or in the outfield.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
8
16
2
3
9
4
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
7
1
3
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+8%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+4%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+13%
OPS vs LHP
2019
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .744 112 10 4 13 0 .255 .313 .431
Since 2019vs Right .692 330 44 12 43 0 .196 .313 .379
2021vs Left .710 70 4 2 9 0 .258 .286 .424
2021vs Right .680 192 23 6 23 0 .201 .314 .366
2020vs Left .802 42 6 2 4 0 .250 .357 .444
2020vs Right .708 138 21 6 20 0 .190 .312 .397
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+1%
OPS on Road
2021
Even Split
2020
 
 
+3%
OPS on Road
2019
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .707 226 29 7 27 0 .198 .350 .357
Since 2019Away .714 207 24 9 29 0 .229 .277 .438
2021Home .686 136 14 3 16 0 .205 .338 .348
2021Away .687 126 13 5 16 0 .229 .272 .415
2020Home .738 90 15 4 11 0 .186 .367 .371
2020Away .757 81 11 4 13 0 .230 .284 .473
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Yoshi Tsutsugo compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.40
 
BB Rate
11.1%
 
K Rate
27.5%
 
BABIP
.278
 
ISO
.165
 
AVG
.217
 
OBP
.307
 
SLG
.383
 
OPS
.689
 
wOBA
.307
 
Exit Velocity
80.6 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
36.9%
 
Barrels/PA
5.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2016
Tsutsugo, who inked a two-year, $12 million deal with the Rays this offseason, has been one of Japan's top power hitters with 29 home runs last season and 38 in 2018. He led Team Japan in the 2017 World Baseball Classic with a 1.113 OPS and has had an OPS of .899 or better while averaging 35 home runs the past four seasons in NPB. He had a 15.7 BB% last season and has a career .382 OBP. His 25.3 K% last season was well up from the 18.4 K% he logged in 2018, which is mildly concerning. Tsutsugo impressed the Rays in a private workout at the Winter Meetings, so they acted fast to acquire his left-handed power bat. Designated hitter, left field and third base are the positions they plan to try him at. Tampa Bay is not in the habit of handing out bad contracts, especially to bat-first players. The playing time should be there, and while he may not hit for a high average, he could be an asset in HR, RBI and OBP.
After spending a couple years on the horizon, Tsutsugoh broke out in 2014 after transitioning to the outfield, and hasn't looked back. He followed up a solid .300/.373/.529 with a better .317/.400/.522 line in 2015, improving his contact skills and his ability to drive the ball. Tsutsugoh has realistic 40 homer upside (in Japan), and has MLB aspirations dating back to his high school days.
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Collects double Sunday
3BPittsburgh Pirates
October 4, 2021
Tsutsugo went 1-for-4 with a double in Sunday's 6-3 loss to the Reds.
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On bench Tuesday
3BPittsburgh Pirates
September 28, 2021
Tsutsugo isn't starting Tuesday's game against the Cubs.
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Day off Tuesday
3BPittsburgh Pirates
September 21, 2021
Tsutsugo will sit Tuesday against Cincinnati.
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Homers in loss
3BPittsburgh Pirates
September 20, 2021
Tsutsugo went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, two RBI and two runs in Monday's loss to the Reds.
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Serves in pinch-hitting role
3BPittsburgh Pirates
September 20, 2021
Tsutsugo went 0-for-1 on Sunday, appearing as a pinch-hitter against the Marlins.
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