The Toronto Blue Jays off-season was mostly about the signing of Hyun-Jin Ryu and rightfully so. But, one signing that kind of flew under the radar was the two-year deal they signed with 32-year-old Shun Yamaguchi.
Yamaguchi has spent his entire career playing in Japan but was posted this off-season where many teams were interested in his services, but it was the Blue Jays who landed the right-hander. In his career he has started games and has also come out of the bullpen so what his role in Toronto was uncertain at the time of signing him.
Now, after a shortened spring training, Yamaguchi seems destined for the bullpen, but what can Blue Jay fans expect out of him when the 2020 season starts?
Yamaguchi started his professional career out at age 18 where he was playing for Yokohama and struggled mightily. He started five games and had a 6.43 ERA but as he got older and gained more experienced he has success. Last season, he pitched in 28 games where he had a 2.78 ERA along with a 1.171 WHIP.
The right-hander throws five pitches, a four-seam fastball, two-seam fastball, splitter, slider, and cutter. According to Deltagraphs, which is Japan’s version of Fangraphs, …
Author: Cole Shelton / Blue Jays Nation