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2012 Snapshot
9 - 5 (30 Games)
IP 125.1
SV 2
SO 101
Opp OBP .315
Opp Avg .248
ERA 3.16

Ratings Chart
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This curve is the universe of MLB talent. For each category, the player is superior to everyone on the left and inferior to everyone on the right.

Bio
Bats Righty
Throws Righty
Birthday: 4/12/1981
Age: 32
Hometown: Tokyo, Japan
Size: 6-3, 210 lbs
Since Debut: 0 years
Current Status: Active

2012 Repertoire
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All Pitches
33% 4-Seam Fastball
24% Split-Finger Fastball
20% Slider
17% Sinker
6%  Curveball
1740 total pitches

First Pitch
48% 4-Seam Fastball
18% Slider
17% Sinker
10% Curveball
6%  Split-Finger Fastball
469 total pitches

Ahead in Count
38% Split-Finger Fastball
23% Slider
21% 4-Seam Fastball
12% Sinker
7%  Curveball
523 total pitches

Behind in Count
40% 4-Seam Fastball
25% Sinker
18% Slider
13% Split-Finger Fastball
2%  Curveball
438 total pitches

Full Count
42% 4-Seam Fastball
27% Split-Finger Fastball
18% Slider
12% Sinker
2%  Curveball
60 total pitches





Pitching Skills
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Accuracy Accuracy   How often the pitcher places the ball in the strike zone or draws a swing from the batter if the ball is outside of the zone.  
89 player rating
Very accurate pitcher.  About 76.6% of pitches are "on-target" (either in the strike zone or swung on by batters). That's better than 85.8% of major leaguers, and 1.0 standard deviations above the average player in this category.


Nasty Stuff Nasty Stuff   How often the pitcher gets the batter to completely whiff or take a strike looking. Pitcher's ability to earn a strike through brute force.  
72 player rating
It's relatively easy to make contact with one of his pitches.  He gets swinging batters to whiff on 21.4% of their swings. That's only better than 46.7% of major leaguers, and 0.2 standard deviations below the average player in this category.


Balance / Consistency Balance / Consistency   How often batted balls are converted for a hit. Emphasis on consistency, an ability to work an at-bat into an out. Indication of placement, movement, and speed.  
84 player rating
It's pretty difficult to turn contact with one of his pitches into a hit.  When batters makes contact, they put it in play for a hit 15.6% of the time. That's better than 72.4% of major leaguers, and 0.6 standard deviations above the average player in this category.



Pitching Heat
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Fastballs Fastball Heat   Measure of pure speed for all fastballs. Pitchers are seperated by relievers and starters for this metric.  
66 player rating

The speed of his fastballs is pretty unimpressive.  His average speed is about 88.9 mph. That's only better than 24.3% of major leaguers, and 0.6 standard deviations below the average player in this category.


Breaking Balls Measure of average speed on curveballs and sliders. As with fastballs, pitchers are seperated by relievers and starters.  
77 player rating
Above average velocity on his off-speed stuff.  His average speed is about 80.3 mph. That's better than 50.2% of major leaguers, and 0.1 standard deviations above the average player in this category.



Pitching Style
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These are additional metrics that hone in on specific areas of the pitcher's game to spot strengths and weaknesses, and develop a more thorough representation of the pitcher's style.
Strikeout Ability - He strikes out about 20.0% of opposing batters.
75 player ratingBetter than 51.4% of all players. Standard Deviations: 0.0 (above)
  

First Pitch Strike - He starts 55.4% of at-bats with an on-target pitch.
76 player ratingBetter than 49.0% of all players. Standard Deviations: 0.1 (above)
  

Staying Ahead in Count - He is ahead in the count 30.1% of the time.
85 player ratingBetter than 76.1% of all players. Standard Deviations: 0.7 (above)
  

Ability to Throw High and Tight - 3.6% of his pitches are delivered high and tight.
74 player ratingBetter than 48.2% of all players. Standard Deviations: 0.0 (below)
  
Advance Rate - Opposing batters advance a runner on first 44.8% of the time.
69 player ratingBetter than 32.8% of all players. Standard Deviations: 0.4 (below)
  

Hit Placement - Opposing batters, because of where they place hits, advance runners on first 0.7 bases.
71 player ratingBetter than 38.1% of all players. Standard Deviations: 0.3 (below)
  

Quality of Payoff Pitch - With two strikes, he throws an on-target pitch 60.0% of the time.
51 player ratingBetter than 0.7% of all players. Standard Deviations: 2.8 (below)
  

Avoiding the Wheelhouse - He stays away from the wheelhouse on 35.2% of his pitches in the strike zone.
82 player ratingBetter than 68.3% of all players. Standard Deviations: 0.4 (above)
  


* Pitching Tendencies *
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These additional metrics are in blue because they do not necessarily reflect what is "good" or "bad," although some may be interpretted to reflect performance. They are meant to simply reflect the pitcher's tendencies and expected outcomes.
Balls Hit in Air - 19.0% of at-bats conclude with a ball hit into the air. Only better than 12.8% of the league. It's probably better to have a high percentile in this category.
  

Line drives - 13.4% of at-bats conclude with a line drive. Better than 61.7% of the league. Performance in this category is not all that important, it's mostly for fun.
  

Ground balls - 33.7% of at-bats conclude with a ground ball. Better than 70.8% of the league. It's probably better to have a high percentile in this category.
  

Infield balls - 26.2% of at-bats conclude with a ball kept in the infield. Better than 57.7% of the league. It's probably better to have a high percentile in this category.
  

Outfield balls - 30.3% of at-bats conclude with a ball sent into the outfield. Only better than 27.0% of the league. It's probably better to have a low percentile in this category.
  
At-bat Length - On average, it takes about 3.7 pitches to complete an at-bat. Only better than 27.9% of the league. Performance in this category is not all that important, it's mostly for fun.
  

Foul Balls - On average, when a batter makes contact, he winds up going foul about 0.7 foul balls. Better than 63.7% of the league. It's probably better to have a high percentile in this category.
  

Umpire Help - Umpires call a strike (to his advantage) on 13.8% of his off-target pitches. Only better than 35.6% of the league. Performance in this category is not all that important, it's mostly for fun.
  

Umpire Hurt - Umpires call a ball (to his detriment) on 13.0% of his on-target pitches. Better than 63.7% of the league. Performance in this category is not all that important, it's mostly for fun.
  


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