Yoshinobu Yamamoto

Yoshinobu Yamamoto

25-Year-Old PitcherSP
Los Angeles Dodgers
60-Day IL
Injury Triceps
Est. Return 8/21/2024
2024 Fantasy Outlook
For the third consecutive year, Yamamoto won the Eiji Sawamura Award, Japan's equivalent of the Cy Young. He did it in 2023 on the strength of a 1.16 ERA and 176 strikeouts in 171 innings spanning 24 appearances, including a no-hitter in front of notable MLB executives in September. The Orix Buffaloes posted the right-hander for MLB teams this winter and an unprecedented bidding war ensued, with Yamamoto ultimately signing with the Dodgers for 12 years and $325 million, the largest contract ever for a pitcher. Still just 25 years old, Yamamoto features a mid-90s fastball and three secondary pitches highlighted by the splitter, all helped immensely by exceptional command. There is already considerable hype and that may be boosted slightly by recency bias after Kodai Senga made the transition to the majors look easy last season. Yamamoto could enter SP1 range in drafts come springtime. Read Past Outlooks
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Rest of Season From Preseason
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ADP
$Signed a six-year, $155 million contract with the Dodgers in December of 2023. Contract includes two-year, $58 million player option for 2030 and 2031 seasons. Contract includes four-year, $112 million player option for 2032 through 2035 seasons. Contract includes $10 million team option for 2036 if Yamamoto suffers an elbow injury between the 2024 and 2029 seasons.
Moved to 60-day IL
PLos Angeles Dodgers
Triceps
July 13, 2024
The Dodgers transferred Yamamoto (tricep) from the 15-day injured list to the 60-day IL on Saturday, Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times reports.
ANALYSIS
Yamamoto won't be eligible for activation until Aug. 15, but considering he just started playing catch from 60 feet this week, he likely wouldn't have been ready to return before mid-August anyway. The transaction clears room on the 40-man roster for right-hander Brent Honeywell, who was claimed off waivers from Pittsburgh on Saturday. Yamamoto has been shelved since June 16 with right tricep tightness and will likely require multiple minor-league rehab starts before being reinstated from the IL.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
85
Last 10 Games
91
Last 5 Games
87
How many pitches does Yoshinobu Yamamoto generally throw?
 
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11-20
 
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121+
 
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What part of the game does Yoshinobu Yamamoto generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-20%
BAA vs LHP
2024
 
 
-20%
BAA vs LHP
2023
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2022
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2022vs Left .195 144 40 10 26 4 1 2
Since 2022vs Right .245 157 44 7 36 14 0 4
2024vs Left .195 144 40 10 26 4 1 2
2024vs Right .245 157 44 7 36 14 0 4
2023vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2023vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-43%
ERA on Road
2024
 
 
-43%
ERA on Road
2023
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2022Home 3.66 1.09 39.1 3 1 0 9.8 1.4 1.1
Since 2022Away 2.08 1.04 34.2 3 1 0 10.6 2.9 0.3
2024Home 3.66 1.09 39.1 3 1 0 9.8 1.4 1.1
2024Away 2.08 1.04 34.2 3 1 0 10.6 2.9 0.3
2023Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2023Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Yoshinobu Yamamoto compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings)*. 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, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 120 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in 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.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
4.94
 
K/9
10.2
 
BB/9
2.1
 
HR/9
0.7
 
Fastball
95.5 mph
 
ERA
2.92
 
WHIP
1.07
 
BABIP
.310
 
GB/FB
1.81
 
Left On Base
76.5%
 
Exit Velocity
82.7 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
5.0%
 
Spin Rate
2073 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
25.9%
 
Swinging Strike
12.3%
 
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Starts playing catch
PLos Angeles Dodgers
Shoulder
July 12, 2024
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Friday that Yamamoto (shoulder) played catch from 60 feet twice this week, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
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To play catch next week
PLos Angeles Dodgers
Shoulder
July 6, 2024
Yamamoto (shoulder) will begin playing catch next week, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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Nearing throwing program
PLos Angeles Dodgers
Shoulder
July 4, 2024
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Thursday that Yamamoto (shoulder) has been working with a plyo ball and could resume throwing soon, Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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Described as pain-free
PLos Angeles Dodgers
Shoulder
July 3, 2024
Yamamoto is no longer feeling pain in his right shoulder, but he hasn't yet started throwing, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
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Dealing with rotator cuff strain
PLos Angeles Dodgers
Shoulder
June 16, 2024
Yamamoto was diagnosed with a right rotator cuff strain Sunday following an MRI, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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Adjusts glove positioning
PLos Angeles Dodgers
April 11, 2024
According to Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times, Yamamoto has tweaked his glove positioning when pitching out of the stretch after it was noticed during spring training that he was tipping pitches.
ANALYSIS
The Japanese right-hander struggled to an 8.38 ERA during spring training and was uncomfortable with the glove adjustment he made during his MLB debut March 21 in Korea, when he lasted just one inning and surrendered five runs against San Diego. Yamamoto has since reverted to a more familiar glove position he used back in Japan, and the results speak for themselves in his past two starts with a 13:2 K:BB across 10 scoreless frames. The 25-year-old is sure to endure many more ups-and-downs as he makes the transition to Major League Baseball, but he's already flashed the potential that landed him his six-year, $155 million contract with the Dodgers in December.
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