Yoshi Tsutsugo

Yoshi Tsutsugo

31-Year-Old First Baseman1B
2023 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Yoshi Tsutsugo in 2023. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
RANKS
$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Rangers in January of 2023.
Heading to Texas
1BTexas Rangers  NRI
January 15, 2023
Tsutsugo signed a minor-league contract with the Rangers as a non-roster invitee Sunday.
ANALYSIS
Tsutsugo appeared in 50 major-league games with the Pirates last year but hit just .171 with two homers, 19 RBI and 11 runs. He had to settle for a minor-league contract with the Blue Jays over the final few months of the season and will attempt to carve out a role with the Rangers during big-league spring training in 2023.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
13
11
3
3
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
11
2
4
1
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+3%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+1%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+4%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+13%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .649 176 14 5 21 0 .226 .284 .365
Since 2020vs Right .630 459 51 13 54 0 .188 .297 .333
2022vs Left .480 64 4 1 8 0 .175 .234 .246
2022vs Right .477 129 7 1 11 0 .168 .256 .221
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
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+4%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+27%
OPS at Home
2021
Even Split
2020
 
 
+3%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .649 331 35 8 39 0 .195 .329 .320
Since 2020Away .626 295 29 10 36 0 .206 .255 .371
2022Home .530 105 6 1 12 0 .189 .286 .244
2022Away .417 88 5 1 7 0 .150 .205 .213
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
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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.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.38
 
BB Rate
9.8%
 
K Rate
25.9%
 
BABIP
.221
 
ISO
.059
 
AVG
.171
 
OBP
.249
 
SLG
.229
 
OPS
.478
 
wOBA
.222
 
Exit Velocity
88.8 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
23.4%
 
Barrels/PA
3.6%
 
Expected BA
.197
 
Expected SLG
.285
 
Sprint Speed
23.4 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
47.6%
 
Line Drive %
15.3%
 
Fly Ball %
37.1%
 
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Tsutsugo was a late-season surprise with Pittsburgh who became an unlikely FAAB find in many leagues. He was DFA'd by Tampa Bay early in the season and eventually dealt to the Dodgers with whom he found some Pacific Coast League success around little else before they too sent him packing. The Pirates grabbed him off the discard pile and he finished the season finally showing some ability to hit major-league pitching for one shining moment. Tsutsugo hit .306/.394/.682 in his first 100 plate appearances in a Pirates uniform, but then limped to the finish line with a .190/.244/.238 line over his final 45 plate appearances. He has had nearly 450 plate appearances at the big-league level, and that hot streak is the only thing which has kept him above the Mendoza Line as his career line is .209/.309/.388. He has simply been overpowered by velocity for most of his time in the majors and the 100 plate appearances should not outweigh the other 350.
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.
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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Signs MiLB deal with Toronto
1BToronto Blue Jays  NRI
August 17, 2022
Tsutsugo signed a minor-league contract with the Blue Jays on Wednesday, Mitch Bannon of SI.com reports.
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Released by Pirates
1BFree Agent  NRI
August 5, 2022
Tsutsugo was released by the Pirates on Friday, Alex Stumpf of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
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Designated for assignment
1BPittsburgh Pirates  NRI
August 3, 2022
Tsutsugo was designated for assignment by the Pirates on Wednesday, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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Sits versus righty
1BPittsburgh Pirates  NRI
August 2, 2022
Tsutsugo is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Brewers.
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Late addition to lineup
1BPittsburgh Pirates  NRI
July 31, 2022
Tsutsugo will start at first base and bat eighth Sunday against the Phillies.
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