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Blue Jays mid-term report card: Yusei Kikuchi

MLB: Game Two-Toronto Blue Jays at Chicago White Sox Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

Yusei Kikuchi was a free agent signing before the 2022 season. His 2022 season did not go well.

This year has been much, much better:

Standard Pitching
Age W L ERA G GS GF CG IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 BB9
32 7 3 4.24 18 18 0 0 93.1 93 45 44 22 27 0 96 1 0 5 392 97 5.20 1.286 9.0 2.6
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/7/2023.

Home runs are an issue.

Baseball Reference has him at a 0.5 WAR. FanGraphs 0.3.

April: 3.00 ERA.

May: 5.83 ERA.

June: 2.28 ERA.

May wasn’t good (July isn’t starting well either).

The big difference between this season is his walk this year is 6.9%, and last year, 12.8%.

He has one more season left on his contract, which is looking less like a sunk cost then it did a year ago.

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For the first half I’d grade Yusei Kikuchi an

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  • 4%
    A
    (18 votes)
  • 16%
    B+
    (66 votes)
  • 35%
    B
    (137 votes)
  • 28%
    B-
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  • 10%
    C+
    (40 votes)
  • 3%
    C
    (13 votes)
  • 1%
    C-
    (4 votes)
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