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Junichi Tazawa
Birthdate: 6/6/1986 (30 y, 9 m, 23 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 5-11/180     Position: P
Contract: $12M / 2 Years (2017 - 2018)
RotoWire News: Tazawa will work on lowering his arm angle this spring, The Sun-Sentinel reports. "He's navigating through," pitching coach Juan Nieves said. "I think there's a little bit of work to be done, but I think with the youth here, he's a great complement for us. He could be used in a shorter role, less stressful innings." (2/24/2017)
Profiles:  2012  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: Tazawa's career 4.34 strikeout-to-walk ratio (K/BB) ranks in the top 5% of all pitchers since his debut (min. 300 innings). Most pitchers with his skill set — think Kenley Jansen, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Sale, Stephen Strasburg, Corey Kluber, Matt Harvey... — succeed with that level of base runner suppression. Indeed, Tazawa excelled for a few years until consecutive rocky seasons concluded his Red Sox tenure. A poor strand rate in 2015 and an inflated home run-to fly-ball rate in 2016 pushed his ERA north of 4.00 each season. Those numbers didn't scare away the Marlins, as his peripheral metrics, like his K/BB, have remained consistent. He actually relied more than ever on his off-speed stuff, an adjustment that could help him stave off the impending gloom of being 30-plus. Tazawa figures to slot into a middle-relief role in front of A.J. Ramos and/or Brad Ziegler and/or Kyle Barraclough. (Even the seemingly revitalized David Phelps could eventually be a preferred late-inning option, depending on how things shake out midseason.) He once looked like a decent speculative pick as Ramos' "handcuff," but the offseason signing of Ziegler clouds Tazawa's prospects of producing any meaningful value in 2016. He's not worth your attention. (Alex Chamberlain)

The Quick Opinion: With a couple of years of bad luck behind him, Tazawa could return to his typically admirable performance, albeit in middle relief. Several other relievers could be favored over him as insurance to A.J. Ramos, rendering Tazawa all but useless in most fantasy formats.

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SeasonHandednessIPERATBFH2B3BRERHRBBIBBHBPSOAVGOBPSLGwOBA
2011vs L0.2- - -42201100000.500.5001.000.635
2011vs R2.1- - -91001111004.125.222.500.309
SeasonHome / AwayIPERATBFH2B3BRERHRBBIBBHBPSOAVGOBPSLGwOBA
2011Home1.16.7572201101002.333.429.667.462
2011Away1.25.4061001110002.167.167.667.348
2011Home vs L0.0- - -222011000001.0001.0002.0001.270
2011Home vs R1.1- - -50000001002.000.200.000.139
2011Away vs L0.2- - -20000000000.000.000.000.000
2011Away vs R1.0- - -41001110002.250.2501.000.521
SeasonMonthlyIPERATBFH2B3BRERHRBBIBBHBPSOAVGOBPSLGwOBA
2011Sept/Oct3.06.00133202211004.250.308.667.409
20112nd Half3.06.00133202211004.250.308.667.409
SeasonLeverageIPERATBFH2B3BRERHRBBIBBHBPSOAVGOBPSLGwOBA
2011Low Leverage3.0- - -133202211004.250.308.667.409
SeasonSituationalIPERATBFH2B3BRERHRBBIBBHBPSOAVGOBPSLGwOBA
2011Bases Empty2.0- - -82101110002.250.250.750.419
2011Men on Base1.0- - -51101101002.250.400.500.393
2011Men In Scoring1.0- - -51101101002.250.400.500.393
SeasonThrough CountIPERATBFH2B3BRERHRBBIBBHBPSOAVGOBPSLGwOBA
2011Through 3 - 10.0- - -221022100001.0001.0003.0001.678
2011Through 3 - 20.0- - -10000001000.0001.000.000.694
2011Through 2 - 00.0- - -110011100001.0001.0004.0002.086
2011Through 1 - 01.2- - -71001111001.167.286.667.397
2011Through 2 - 10.2- - -52102211001.500.6001.500.810
2011Through 1 - 11.1- - -61101101002.200.333.400.327
2011Through 0 - 11.2- - -61101100003.167.167.333.212
2011Through 2 - 20.2- - -30000001002.000.333.000.231
2011Through 1 - 21.0- - -30000000002.000.000.000.000
2011Through 0 - 21.0- - -30000000002.000.000.000.000
SeasonSP / RPIPERATBFH2B3BRERHRBBIBBHBPSOAVGOBPSLGwOBA
2011As Reliever3.06.00133202211004.250.308.667.409
SeasonShiftsIPERATBFH2B3BRERHRBBIBBHBPSOAVGOBPSLGwOBA
2011No Shift1.2- - -72200000000.286.286.571.363
SeasonTTOIPERATBFH2B3BRERHRBBIBBHBPSOAVGOBPSLGwOBA
20111st Through Order as RP3.06.00133202211004.250.308.667.409

SeasonHandednessK/9BB/9K/BBHR/9K%BB%K-BB%AVGWHIPBABIPLOB%FIPxFIP
2011vs L0.000.000.000.000.0 %0.0 %0.0 %- - -3.00.50050.0 %3.0310.56
2011vs R15.433.864.003.8644.4 %11.1 %33.3 %- - -0.86.000100.0 %6.452.50
SeasonHome / AwayK/9BB/9K/BBHR/9K%BB%K-BB%AVGWHIPBABIPLOB%FIPxFIP
2011Home13.506.752.000.0028.6 %14.3 %14.3 %.3332.25.50066.7 %2.285.10
2011Away10.800.002.005.4033.3 %0.0 %33.3 %.1670.60.000100.0 %8.433.64
2011Home vs L0.000.000.000.000.0 %0.0 %0.0 %1.0002.001.00050.0 %3.035.54
2011Home vs R13.506.752.000.0040.0 %20.0 %20.0 %.0000.75.000100.0 %2.283.22
2011Away vs L0.000.000.000.000.0 %0.0 %0.0 %.0000.00.000100.0 %3.036.79
2011Away vs R18.000.002.009.0050.0 %0.0 %50.0 %.2501.00.000100.0 %12.031.54
SeasonMonthlyK/9BB/9K/BBHR/9K%BB%K-BB%AVGWHIPBABIPLOB%FIPxFIP
2011Sept/Oct12.003.004.003.0030.8 %7.7 %23.1 %.2501.33.28676.9 %5.694.29
20112nd Half12.003.004.003.0030.8 %7.7 %23.1 %.2501.33.28676.9 %5.694.29
SeasonLeverageK/9BB/9K/BBHR/9K%BB%K-BB%AVGWHIPBABIPLOB%FIPxFIP
2011Low Leverage12.003.004.003.0030.8 %7.7 %23.1 %- - -1.33.28676.9 %5.694.29
SeasonSituationalK/9BB/9K/BBHR/9K%BB%K-BB%AVGWHIPBABIPLOB%FIPxFIP
2011Bases Empty9.000.002.004.5025.0 %0.0 %25.0 %- - -1.00.200100.0 %7.534.79
2011Men on Base18.009.002.000.0040.0 %20.0 %20.0 %- - -2.00.50050.0 %2.033.28
2011Men In Scoring18.009.002.000.0040.0 %20.0 %20.0 %- - -2.00.50050.0 %2.033.28
SeasonThrough CountK/9BB/9K/BBHR/9K%BB%K-BB%AVGWHIPBABIPLOB%FIPxFIP
2011Through 3 - 10.000.000.009.000.0 %0.0 %0.0 %- - -2.001.0000.0 %16.035.54
2011Through 3 - 20.009.000.000.000.0 %100.0 %-100.0 %- - -1.00.000100.0 %6.036.03
2011Through 2 - 00.000.000.009.000.0 %0.0 %0.0 %- - -1.00.000100.0 %16.034.28
2011Through 1 - 05.405.401.005.4014.3 %14.3 %0.0 %- - -1.20.000100.0 %11.437.39
2011Through 2 - 113.5013.501.0013.5020.0 %20.0 %0.0 %- - -4.50.50062.5 %24.0310.18
2011Through 1 - 113.506.752.000.0033.3 %16.7 %16.7 %- - -1.50.33350.0 %2.285.10
2011Through 0 - 116.200.003.000.0050.0 %0.0 %50.0 %- - -0.60.3330.0 %-0.570.93
2011Through 2 - 227.0013.502.000.0066.7 %33.3 %33.3 %- - -1.50.000100.0 %1.531.53
2011Through 1 - 218.000.002.000.0066.7 %0.0 %66.7 %- - -0.00.000100.0 %-0.970.28
2011Through 0 - 218.000.002.000.0066.7 %0.0 %66.7 %- - -0.00.000100.0 %-0.97-0.97
SeasonSP / RPK/9BB/9K/BBHR/9K%BB%K-BB%AVGWHIPBABIPLOB%FIPxFIP
2011As Reliever12.003.004.003.0030.8 %7.7 %23.1 %.2501.33.28676.9 %5.694.29
SeasonShiftsK/9BB/9K/BBHR/9K%BB%K-BB%AVGWHIPBABIPLOB%FIPxFIP
2011No Shift0.000.000.000.000.0 %0.0 %0.0 %- - -1.20.286100.0 %3.037.55
SeasonTTOK/9BB/9K/BBHR/9K%BB%K-BB%AVGWHIPBABIPLOB%FIPxFIP
20111st Through Order as RP12.003.004.003.0030.8 %7.7 %23.1 %.2501.33.28676.9 %5.694.29

SeasonHandednessGB/FBLD%GB%FB%IFFB%HR/FBIFH%BUH%Pull%Cent%Oppo%Soft%Med%Hard%PitchesBallsStrikes
2011vs L0.000.0 %0.0 %100.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %50.0 %50.0 %0.0 %50.0 %50.0 %1257
2011vs R0.330.0 %25.0 %75.0 %0.0 %33.3 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %75.0 %25.0 %25.0 %50.0 %25.0 %421725
SeasonHome / AwayGB/FBLD%GB%FB%IFFB%HR/FBIFH%BUH%Pull%Cent%Oppo%Soft%Med%Hard%PitchesBallsStrikes
2011Home0.330.0 %25.0 %75.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %75.0 %25.0 %0.0 %50.0 %50.0 %301218
2011Away0.000.0 %0.0 %100.0 %0.0 %25.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %50.0 %50.0 %25.0 %50.0 %25.0 %241014
2011Home vs L0.000.0 %0.0 %100.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %50.0 %50.0 %0.0 %0.0 %100.0 %633
2011Home vs R1.000.0 %50.0 %50.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %100.0 %0.0 %0.0 %100.0 %0.0 %24915
2011Away vs L0.000.0 %0.0 %100.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %50.0 %50.0 %0.0 %100.0 %0.0 %624
2011Away vs R0.000.0 %0.0 %100.0 %0.0 %50.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %50.0 %50.0 %50.0 %0.0 %50.0 %18810
SeasonMonthlyGB/FBLD%GB%FB%IFFB%HR/FBIFH%BUH%Pull%Cent%Oppo%Soft%Med%Hard%PitchesBallsStrikes
2011Sept/Oct0.140.0 %12.5 %87.5 %0.0 %14.3 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %62.5 %37.5 %12.5 %50.0 %37.5 %542232
20112nd Half0.140.0 %12.5 %87.5 %0.0 %14.3 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %62.5 %37.5 %12.5 %50.0 %37.5 %542232
SeasonLeverageGB/FBLD%GB%FB%IFFB%HR/FBIFH%BUH%Pull%Cent%Oppo%Soft%Med%Hard%PitchesBallsStrikes
2011Low Leverage0.140.0 %12.5 %87.5 %0.0 %14.3 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %62.5 %37.5 %12.5 %50.0 %37.5 %542232
SeasonSituationalGB/FBLD%GB%FB%IFFB%HR/FBIFH%BUH%Pull%Cent%Oppo%Soft%Med%Hard%PitchesBallsStrikes
2011Bases Empty0.000.0 %0.0 %100.0 %0.0 %16.7 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %50.0 %50.0 %16.7 %50.0 %33.3 %321319
2011Men on Base1.000.0 %50.0 %50.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %100.0 %0.0 %0.0 %50.0 %50.0 %22913
2011Men In Scoring1.000.0 %50.0 %50.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %100.0 %0.0 %0.0 %50.0 %50.0 %22913
SeasonThrough CountGB/FBLD%GB%FB%IFFB%HR/FBIFH%BUH%Pull%Cent%Oppo%Soft%Med%Hard%PitchesBallsStrikes
2011Through 3 - 10.000.0 %0.0 %100.0 %0.0 %50.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %50.0 %50.0 %0.0 %0.0 %100.0 %1064
2011Through 3 - 20.000.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %642
2011Through 2 - 00.000.0 %0.0 %100.0 %0.0 %100.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %100.0 %0.0 %0.0 %100.0 %532
2011Through 1 - 00.000.0 %0.0 %100.0 %0.0 %20.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %60.0 %40.0 %20.0 %60.0 %20.0 %331617
2011Through 2 - 10.000.0 %0.0 %100.0 %0.0 %33.3 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %66.7 %33.3 %33.3 %0.0 %66.7 %251411
2011Through 1 - 10.000.0 %0.0 %100.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %100.0 %0.0 %33.3 %33.3 %33.3 %291415
2011Through 0 - 10.500.0 %33.3 %66.7 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %100.0 %0.0 %0.0 %66.7 %33.3 %27918
2011Through 2 - 20.000.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %1688
2011Through 1 - 20.000.0 %0.0 %100.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %100.0 %0.0 %0.0 %100.0 %0.0 %1349
2011Through 0 - 21.000.0 %100.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %100.0 %0.0 %0.0 %100.0 %0.0 %1019
SeasonSP / RPGB/FBLD%GB%FB%IFFB%HR/FBIFH%BUH%Pull%Cent%Oppo%Soft%Med%Hard%PitchesBallsStrikes
2011As Reliever0.140.0 %12.5 %87.5 %0.0 %14.3 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %62.5 %37.5 %12.5 %50.0 %37.5 %542232
SeasonShiftsGB/FBLD%GB%FB%IFFB%HR/FBIFH%BUH%Pull%Cent%Oppo%Soft%Med%Hard%PitchesBallsStrikes
2011No Shift0.170.0 %14.3 %85.7 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %71.4 %28.6 %14.3 %57.1 %28.6 %261016
SeasonTTOGB/FBLD%GB%FB%IFFB%HR/FBIFH%BUH%Pull%Cent%Oppo%Soft%Med%Hard%PitchesBallsStrikes
20111st Through Order as RP0.140.0 %12.5 %87.5 %0.0 %14.3 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %62.5 %37.5 %12.5 %50.0 %37.5 %542232