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Hisashi Iwakuma
Birthdate: 4/12/1981 (35 y, 11 m, 17 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-3/210     Position: P
Contract: $12M / 1 Years (2016) + 2 Option Years
RotoWire News: Iwakuma has been named the Mariners' No. 2 starter, MLB.com's Greg Johns reports. (3/28/2017)
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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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