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Hisashi Iwakuma
Birthdate: 4/12/1981 (35 y, 11 m, 15 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-3/210     Position: P
Contract: $12M / 1 Years (2016) + 2 Option Years
RotoWire News: Iwakuma will throw in a Friday minor league start, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. (3/23/2017)
Profiles:  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: It may be the beginning of the end for Hisashi Iwakuma. One of the league's better pitchers the last half-decade, Iwakuma's contact management skills evaded him and his strikeout rate (K/9) dipped fairly dramatically. Entering his age-36 year — feels like he's younger, given he debuted so late, yeah? — his velocity is finally starting to tumble, which is likely affecting the efficacy of his pitches. One thing I noticed, though, is he started relying on a freshly-introduced cutter that wasn't particularly effective, causing him to turn attention away from his patented splitter. His sinker has caused him problems ever since his velocity started slipping, making that a pitch to potentially dispose of as well. Abandoning those two offerings would still give him a four-pitch repertoire, plenty enough to extend his stay at the major league level. I say that ominously, but truthfully, Iwakuma's career is far from over - it's just that his time as a fantasy stalwart seems to have come and gone. There's a chance he rebounds should he revert to a prior iteration of pitch selection, but his declining velocity has likely placed a firm cap on how far he could bounce back. He's no longer standard mixed-league material, but Iwakuma should still be plenty valuable in deeper mixed formats and AL-only leagues. (Alex Chamberlain)

The Quick Opinion: Hisashi Iwakuma of now is no longer the Hisashi Iwakuma of old, but, at 36, it's unfair to expect him to be. Even as he descends into his late 30s, he still has enough talent to be a fine starter in deeper formats and even has some bounce-back upside if he just continues to trust that dang splitter.

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SeasonHandednessIPERATBFH2B3BRERHRBBIBBHBPSOAVGOBPSLGwOBA
2016vs L91.1- - -383104201454411170265.286.323.443.328
2016vs R107.2- - -453114231504717293382.271.325.460.333
SeasonHome / AwayIPERATBFH2B3BRERHRBBIBBHBPSOAVGOBPSLGwOBA
2016Home92.14.29380103211454415130274.282.312.475.334
2016Away106.23.97456115221504713333373.274.334.432.328
2016Home vs L42.2- - -172471001818430031.278.292.416.301
2016Home vs R49.2- - -20856111272611100243.286.329.526.361
2016Away vs L48.2- - -2115710127267140234.292.348.466.350
2016Away vs R58.0- - -2455812023216193139.258.322.402.309
SeasonMonthlyIPERATBFH2B3BRERHRBBIBBHBPSOAVGOBPSLGwOBA
2016Mar/Apr31.04.6513535901616490325.285.348.463.348
2016May38.14.2315639901818682028.264.305.452.319
2016Jun32.14.1813637611715771023.287.324.524.352
2016Jul28.23.7712129801212380020.257.308.414.311
2016Aug35.23.2814837511413450224.262.297.400.300
2016Sept/Oct33.04.6414041601817490027.313.365.461.357
20161st Half114.14.25481126281565418273383.279.326.473.338
20162nd Half84.23.9335592151393710190264.275.322.424.322
SeasonLeverageIPERATBFH2B3BRERHRBBIBBHBPSOAVGOBPSLGwOBA
2016Low Leverage85.0- - -382104211333321241367.293.343.537.372
2016Medium Leverage102.2- - -41410321147467222276.264.309.385.298
2016High Leverage11.1- - -401110151200004.275.297.333.271
SeasonSituationalIPERATBFH2B3BRERHRBBIBBHBPSOAVGOBPSLGwOBA
2016Bases Empty112.1- - -497129250222222260590.277.322.472.340
2016Men on Base86.2- - -3398918273696203057.279.327.422.317
2016Men In Scoring46.2- - -1914410257541143034.249.309.365.283
SeasonThrough CountIPERATBFH2B3BRERHRBBIBBHBPSOAVGOBPSLGwOBA
2016Through 3 - 01.1- - -3043077022301.500.867.875.657
2016Through 3 - 15.2- - -4362166021007.273.628.455.493
2016Through 3 - 214.1- - -721140550180019.204.403.278.327
2016Through 2 - 015.1- - -9822702321331314.333.551.594.477
2016Through 1 - 064.0- - -29981201423910343138.307.392.516.384
2016Through 2 - 129.0- - -132295218164170024.252.348.439.341
2016Through 1 - 173.2- - -3037813228277110268.269.301.403.303
2016Through 0 - 1111.1- - -4401072113938101203109.252.279.382.284
2016Through 2 - 233.0- - -1372880991110140.224.292.312.270
2016Through 1 - 258.1- - -221451001414270189.211.241.289.232
2016Through 0 - 250.0- - -18233901313140075.185.203.256.199
SeasonSP / RPIPERATBFH2B3BRERHRBBIBBHBPSOAVGOBPSLGwOBA
2016As Starter199.04.128362184329591284635147.278.324.452.331
SeasonShiftsIPERATBFH2B3BRERHRBBIBBHBPSOAVGOBPSLGwOBA
2016No Shift68.0- - -305902510000000.295.296.389.292
2016Shift - All67.0- - -3051001810000000.328.333.405.317
2016Shift - Traditional59.2- - -274901610000000.329.328.397.312
2016Shift - Non Traditional7.1- - -3110200000000.323.385.500.366
SeasonTTOIPERATBFH2B3BRERHRBBIBBHBPSOAVGOBPSLGwOBA
20161st Through Order as SP72.02.132977311018178160459.264.314.393.308
20162nd Through Order as SP68.05.6929686161464312150151.307.347.507.363
20163rd Through Order as SP56.04.182315616126268153036.259.311.464.325
20164th Through Order as SP3.015.00123005500001.250.250.300.220

SeasonHandednessK/9BB/9K/BBHR/9K%BB%K-BB%AVGWHIPBABIPLOB%FIPxFIP
2016vs L6.411.683.821.0817.0 %4.4 %12.5 %- - -1.32.32372.5 %3.914.28
2016vs R6.852.422.831.4218.1 %6.4 %11.7 %- - -1.33.30178.6 %4.574.53
SeasonHome / AwayK/9BB/9K/BBHR/9K%BB%K-BB%AVGWHIPBABIPLOB%FIPxFIP
2016Home7.211.275.691.4619.5 %3.4 %16.1 %.2821.26.31975.3 %4.144.27
2016Away6.162.782.211.1016.0 %7.2 %8.8 %.2741.39.30576.1 %4.374.54
2016Home vs L6.540.6310.330.8418.0 %1.7 %16.3 %.2781.17.32172.1 %3.124.01
2016Home vs R7.791.814.301.9920.7 %4.8 %15.9 %.2861.33.31778.0 %5.024.49
2016Away vs L6.292.592.431.2916.1 %6.6 %9.5 %.2921.46.32572.8 %4.614.52
2016Away vs R6.052.952.050.9315.9 %7.8 %8.2 %.2581.33.28979.0 %4.184.56
SeasonMonthlyK/9BB/9K/BBHR/9K%BB%K-BB%AVGWHIPBABIPLOB%FIPxFIP
2016Mar/Apr7.262.612.781.1618.5 %6.7 %11.9 %.2851.42.33074.9 %4.374.58
2016May6.571.883.501.4118.0 %5.1 %12.8 %.2641.23.29075.1 %4.354.27
2016Jun6.401.953.291.9516.9 %5.2 %11.8 %.2871.36.30379.0 %5.194.74
2016Jul6.282.512.500.9416.5 %6.6 %9.9 %.2571.29.28976.2 %3.954.51
2016Aug6.061.264.801.0116.2 %3.4 %12.8 %.2621.18.29278.1 %3.854.63
2016Sept/Oct7.362.453.001.0919.3 %6.4 %12.9 %.3131.52.37072.1 %3.903.79
20161st Half6.532.133.071.4217.3 %5.6 %11.7 %.2791.34.30976.5 %4.534.55
20162nd Half6.802.023.371.0618.0 %5.4 %12.7 %.2751.31.31574.8 %3.914.23
SeasonLeverageK/9BB/9K/BBHR/9K%BB%K-BB%AVGWHIPBABIPLOB%FIPxFIP
2016Low Leverage7.092.542.792.2217.5 %6.3 %11.3 %- - -1.51.31196.5 %5.734.66
2016Medium Leverage6.661.933.450.6118.4 %5.3 %13.0 %- - -1.22.31368.3 %3.254.30
2016High Leverage3.180.004.000.0010.0 %0.0 %10.0 %- - -0.97.306-36.4 %2.443.62
SeasonSituationalK/9BB/9K/BBHR/9K%BB%K-BB%AVGWHIPBABIPLOB%FIPxFIP
2016Bases Empty7.212.083.461.7618.1 %5.2 %12.9 %- - -1.38.302100.0 %4.924.46
2016Men on Base5.922.082.850.6216.8 %5.9 %10.9 %- - -1.26.32435.8 %3.424.35
2016Men In Scoring6.562.702.430.1917.8 %7.3 %10.5 %- - -1.24.3031.8 %2.874.62
SeasonThrough CountK/9BB/9K/BBHR/9K%BB%K-BB%AVGWHIPBABIPLOB%FIPxFIP
2016Through 3 - 06.75148.500.050.003.3 %73.3 %-70.0 %- - -19.50.57173.1 %51.1556.14
2016Through 3 - 111.1233.350.330.0016.3 %48.8 %-32.6 %- - -4.76.40077.8 %11.7914.44
2016Through 3 - 211.9311.301.060.0026.4 %25.0 %1.4 %- - -2.02.31482.8 %4.266.01
2016Through 2 - 02.3518.200.131.764.1 %31.6 %-27.6 %- - -3.46.32262.3 %11.4311.38
2016Through 1 - 05.344.781.121.4112.7 %11.4 %1.3 %- - -1.80.32972.6 %5.635.60
2016Through 2 - 17.455.281.411.2418.2 %12.9 %5.3 %- - -1.59.28769.3 %5.045.20
2016Through 1 - 18.311.346.180.8622.4 %3.6 %18.8 %- - -1.21.33077.6 %3.073.57
2016Through 0 - 18.810.979.080.8124.8 %2.7 %22.0 %- - -1.07.31776.9 %2.763.28
2016Through 2 - 210.913.003.640.2729.2 %8.0 %21.2 %- - -1.18.32180.3 %2.213.58
2016Through 1 - 213.731.0812.710.3140.3 %3.2 %37.1 %- - -0.89.35377.7 %0.951.88
2016Through 0 - 213.500.7218.750.1841.2 %2.2 %39.0 %- - -0.74.31467.4 %0.651.75
SeasonSP / RPK/9BB/9K/BBHR/9K%BB%K-BB%AVGWHIPBABIPLOB%FIPxFIP
2016As Starter6.652.083.201.2717.6 %5.5 %12.1 %.2781.33.31275.7 %4.274.41
SeasonShiftsK/9BB/9K/BBHR/9K%BB%K-BB%AVGWHIPBABIPLOB%FIPxFIP
2016No Shift0.000.000.000.000.0 %0.0 %0.0 %- - -1.32.295100.0 %3.155.84
2016Shift - All0.000.000.000.000.0 %0.0 %0.0 %- - -1.49.328100.0 %3.155.61
2016Shift - Traditional0.000.000.000.000.0 %0.0 %0.0 %- - -1.51.329100.0 %3.155.74
2016Shift - Non Traditional0.000.000.000.000.0 %0.0 %0.0 %- - -1.36.323100.0 %3.154.51
SeasonTTOK/9BB/9K/BBHR/9K%BB%K-BB%AVGWHIPBABIPLOB%FIPxFIP
20161st Through Order as SP7.382.003.691.0019.9 %5.4 %14.5 %.2641.24.31091.7 %3.794.21
20162nd Through Order as SP6.751.993.401.5917.2 %5.1 %12.2 %.3071.49.34165.7 %4.654.39
20163rd Through Order as SP5.792.412.401.2915.6 %6.5 %9.1 %.2591.27.27975.3 %4.524.75
20164th Through Order as SP3.000.001.000.008.3 %0.0 %8.3 %.2501.00.273-66.7 %2.483.59

SeasonHandednessGB/FBLD%GB%FB%IFFB%HR/FBIFH%BUH%Pull%Cent%Oppo%Soft%Med%Hard%PitchesBallsStrikes
2016vs L1.1123.0 %40.5 %36.4 %10.4 %10.4 %2.5 %62.5 %39.8 %33.1 %27.1 %15.7 %52.2 %32.1 %1400472928
2016vs R1.0520.1 %41.0 %38.9 %11.5 %13.1 %6.6 %0.0 %42.8 %35.1 %22.1 %17.7 %49.3 %33.0 %15785151063
SeasonHome / AwayGB/FBLD%GB%FB%IFFB%HR/FBIFH%BUH%Pull%Cent%Oppo%Soft%Med%Hard%PitchesBallsStrikes
2016Home0.8320.9 %35.9 %43.2 %11.3 %12.1 %3.9 %25.0 %42.6 %31.3 %26.1 %18.2 %45.0 %36.8 %1355431924
2016Away1.3621.9 %45.0 %33.1 %10.7 %11.6 %5.3 %44.4 %40.4 %36.6 %23.1 %15.6 %55.3 %29.1 %16235561067
2016Home vs L0.8725.7 %34.6 %39.7 %7.4 %7.4 %2.1 %50.0 %41.3 %28.3 %30.4 %15.9 %47.8 %36.2 %635210425
2016Home vs R0.8016.6 %37.1 %46.4 %14.3 %15.7 %5.4 %0.0 %43.8 %34.0 %22.2 %20.3 %42.5 %37.3 %720221499
2016Away vs L1.3720.6 %45.8 %33.5 %13.5 %13.5 %2.8 %66.7 %38.5 %37.3 %24.2 %15.5 %55.9 %28.6 %765262503
2016Away vs R1.3523.0 %44.3 %32.8 %8.3 %10.0 %7.4 %0.0 %41.9 %36.0 %22.0 %15.6 %54.8 %29.6 %858294564
SeasonMonthlyGB/FBLD%GB%FB%IFFB%HR/FBIFH%BUH%Pull%Cent%Oppo%Soft%Med%Hard%PitchesBallsStrikes
2016Mar/Apr1.2021.4 %42.9 %35.7 %20.0 %11.4 %0.0 %0.0 %49.0 %24.5 %26.5 %17.4 %55.1 %27.6 %469159310
2016May1.0022.4 %38.8 %38.8 %11.1 %13.3 %2.2 %50.0 %43.3 %31.7 %25.0 %15.0 %53.3 %31.7 %561179382
2016Jun0.8020.2 %35.6 %44.2 %10.9 %15.2 %5.4 %100.0 %36.8 %35.9 %27.4 %17.9 %47.2 %34.9 %470165305
2016Jul1.2119.8 %44.0 %36.3 %6.1 %9.1 %7.5 %0.0 %43.0 %38.7 %18.3 %16.1 %50.5 %33.3 %417141276
2016Aug0.9221.4 %37.6 %41.0 %10.4 %8.3 %11.4 %0.0 %40.2 %37.6 %22.2 %18.0 %49.6 %32.5 %548171377
2016Sept/Oct1.6223.2 %47.5 %29.3 %6.9 %13.8 %2.1 %20.0 %36.5 %36.5 %26.9 %16.4 %48.1 %35.6 %513172341
20161st Half1.0021.3 %39.3 %39.3 %12.7 %12.7 %2.8 %57.1 %42.7 %31.8 %25.5 %16.3 %51.4 %32.3 %16695621107
20162nd Half1.2021.6 %42.8 %35.6 %8.5 %10.6 %7.1 %16.7 %39.6 %37.4 %23.0 %17.4 %49.6 %33.0 %1309425884
SeasonLeverageGB/FBLD%GB%FB%IFFB%HR/FBIFH%BUH%Pull%Cent%Oppo%Soft%Med%Hard%PitchesBallsStrikes
2016Low Leverage0.9824.7 %37.3 %38.0 %9.2 %19.3 %6.5 %100.0 %41.3 %36.5 %22.2 %17.4 %43.4 %39.2 %1401477924
2016Medium Leverage1.1117.7 %43.3 %39.0 %11.8 %5.9 %3.0 %44.4 %40.1 %32.8 %27.1 %16.2 %57.0 %26.8 %1449471978
2016High Leverage2.0027.3 %48.5 %24.2 %25.0 %0.0 %6.3 %0.0 %52.8 %27.8 %19.4 %16.7 %52.8 %30.6 %1283989
SeasonSituationalGB/FBLD%GB%FB%IFFB%HR/FBIFH%BUH%Pull%Cent%Oppo%Soft%Med%Hard%PitchesBallsStrikes
2016Bases Empty1.0322.9 %39.1 %38.0 %8.5 %15.6 %4.8 %80.0 %41.5 %34.6 %23.9 %17.0 %48.4 %34.6 %17655791186
2016Men on Base1.1619.3 %43.3 %37.4 %14.7 %6.3 %4.5 %12.5 %41.2 %33.6 %25.2 %16.4 %53.8 %29.8 %1213408805
2016Men In Scoring0.9618.8 %39.9 %41.3 %19.3 %1.8 %3.6 %20.0 %41.3 %31.5 %27.3 %17.5 %53.2 %29.4 %690244446
SeasonThrough CountGB/FBLD%GB%FB%IFFB%HR/FBIFH%BUH%Pull%Cent%Oppo%Soft%Med%Hard%PitchesBallsStrikes
2016Through 3 - 00.2528.6 %14.3 %57.1 %25.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %71.4 %28.6 %0.0 %28.6 %0.0 %71.4 %14711235
2016Through 3 - 10.4413.3 %26.7 %60.0 %11.1 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %40.0 %40.0 %20.0 %26.7 %26.7 %46.7 %24715097
2016Through 3 - 20.6031.4 %25.7 %42.9 %13.3 %0.0 %11.1 %0.0 %28.6 %48.6 %22.9 %22.9 %45.7 %31.4 %502234268
2016Through 2 - 01.1321.0 %41.9 %37.1 %8.7 %13.0 %3.8 %0.0 %48.4 %33.9 %17.7 %16.1 %46.8 %37.1 %454275179
2016Through 1 - 01.2222.6 %42.5 %34.8 %14.3 %13.0 %7.4 %40.0 %38.9 %37.6 %23.5 %20.8 %47.4 %31.9 %1184560624
2016Through 2 - 11.2416.5 %46.2 %37.4 %14.7 %11.8 %7.1 %0.0 %39.6 %31.9 %28.6 %20.9 %45.1 %34.1 %687328359
2016Through 1 - 11.2620.2 %44.5 %35.3 %11.7 %9.1 %6.2 %50.0 %39.6 %36.0 %24.3 %19.4 %48.2 %32.4 %1325494831
2016Through 0 - 11.1123.2 %40.3 %36.5 %7.1 %8.8 %2.4 %33.3 %42.7 %32.3 %25.0 %13.6 %55.4 %31.0 %16974261271
2016Through 2 - 20.9420.0 %38.8 %41.2 %11.4 %2.9 %6.1 %0.0 %38.8 %35.3 %25.9 %22.4 %54.1 %23.5 %843338505
2016Through 1 - 20.9821.5 %38.8 %39.7 %10.4 %4.2 %10.6 %66.7 %37.1 %33.1 %29.8 %18.6 %57.3 %24.2 %1121343778
2016Through 0 - 20.9023.5 %36.3 %40.2 %9.8 %2.4 %2.7 %100.0 %37.9 %29.1 %33.0 %15.5 %63.1 %21.4 %796158638
SeasonSP / RPGB/FBLD%GB%FB%IFFB%HR/FBIFH%BUH%Pull%Cent%Oppo%Soft%Med%Hard%PitchesBallsStrikes
2016As Starter1.0821.4 %40.8 %37.8 %11.0 %11.9 %4.7 %38.5 %41.4 %34.2 %24.5 %16.8 %50.6 %32.6 %29789871991
SeasonShiftsGB/FBLD%GB%FB%IFFB%HR/FBIFH%BUH%Pull%Cent%Oppo%Soft%Med%Hard%PitchesBallsStrikes
2016No Shift1.1521.9 %41.7 %36.4 %16.4 %0.0 %5.6 %0.0 %43.0 %33.1 %23.9 %17.4 %54.4 %28.2 %993293700
2016Shift - All1.3022.7 %43.7 %33.6 %8.1 %0.0 %3.9 %50.0 %37.4 %36.1 %26.6 %17.7 %51.5 %30.8 %962298664
2016Shift - Traditional1.2323.0 %42.4 %34.6 %8.6 %0.0 %3.5 %100.0 %36.9 %35.8 %27.4 %17.2 %50.7 %32.1 %890276614
2016Shift - Non Traditional2.5019.2 %57.7 %23.1 %0.0 %0.0 %6.7 %0.0 %41.9 %38.7 %19.4 %22.6 %58.1 %19.4 %722250
SeasonTTOGB/FBLD%GB%FB%IFFB%HR/FBIFH%BUH%Pull%Cent%Oppo%Soft%Med%Hard%PitchesBallsStrikes
20161st Through Order as SP1.1121.2 %41.5 %37.3 %13.6 %9.9 %5.6 %0.0 %41.7 %34.4 %23.9 %17.9 %50.9 %31.2 %1108379729
20162nd Through Order as SP1.1619.7 %43.0 %37.2 %10.8 %14.5 %5.2 %50.0 %40.6 %30.6 %28.8 %17.0 %49.3 %33.6 %1089354735
20163rd Through Order as SP0.9023.6 %36.2 %40.2 %7.1 %11.4 %3.2 %33.3 %41.1 %38.9 %20.0 %15.0 %51.7 %33.3 %748248500
20164th Through Order as SP3.0027.3 %54.5 %18.2 %50.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %54.6 %27.3 %18.2 %18.2 %54.6 %27.3 %33627