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:
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.
For the first half I’d grade Yusei Kikuchi an
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