Hirokazu Sawamura

33-Year-Old PitcherRP
Day-To-Day
Injury Hamstring
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Sawamura spent the entirety of his professional career playing in the Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan, but he'll make his way to the majors in 2021. Sawamura had a 3.05 ERA and 42:28 K:BB over 41.1 innings last season and recorded 73 saves between the 2015 and 2016 campaigns. He figures to start out in middle relief for the Red Sox but could earn his way into a higher-leverage role. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#581
ADP
$Signed a two-year, $3 million contract with the Red Sox in February of 2021. Contract includes $3 million option for 2023.
Dealing with hamstring issue
PBoston Red Sox
Hamstring
October 22, 2021
Sawamura is dealing with a hamstring issue and may have be be replaced on the ALCS roster, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
ANALYSIS
It's unclear when Sawamura picked up the injury. He's made three appearances so far this postseason, allowing a run on two hits and two walks across two innings of work. If he needs to be replaced, he'll be ineligible to pitch in the World Series should the Red Sox advance.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
17
Last 10 Games
18
Last 5 Games
20
How many pitches does Hirokazu Sawamura generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
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81-90
 
91-100
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Hirokazu Sawamura generally pitch?
 
 
 
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Extra
% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-6%
BAA vs LHP
2021
 
 
-6%
BAA vs LHP
2020
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2019
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .218 69 18 14 12 4 0 2
Since 2019vs Right .231 164 43 18 33 9 0 7
2021vs Left .218 69 18 14 12 4 0 2
2021vs Right .231 164 43 18 33 9 0 7
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-48%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-48%
ERA at Home
2020
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2019
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 2.08 1.46 26.0 4 0 0 10.7 5.5 0.3
Since 2019Away 4.00 1.44 27.0 1 1 0 10.0 5.3 2.7
2021Home 2.08 1.46 26.0 4 0 0 10.7 5.5 0.3
2021Away 4.00 1.44 27.0 1 1 0 10.0 5.3 2.7
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Hirokazu Sawamura compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 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 30 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
1.91
 
K/9
10.4
 
BB/9
5.4
 
HR/9
1.5
 
Fastball
96.1 mph
 
ERA
3.06
 
WHIP
1.45
 
BABIP
.289
 
GB/FB
1.65
 
Left On Base
82.3%
 
Exit Velocity
82.4 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
6.4%
 
Spin Rate
1866 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
25.5%
 
Swinging Strike
15.5%
 
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Rejoins Boston bullpen
PBoston Red Sox
October 15, 2021
Sawamura is on Boston's roster for the ALCS against Houston, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
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Not on wild-card team
PBoston Red Sox
October 5, 2021
Sawamura is not part of Boston's wild-card roster, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
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Back in action
PBoston Red Sox
September 13, 2021
Sawamura (illness) was activated from the injured list prior to Monday's game against Seattle, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
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Could return this weekend
PBoston Red Sox
Illness
September 10, 2021
Sawamura (illness) will throw a bullpen session this weekend, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
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Tests positive for COVID-19
PBoston Red Sox
Achilles
August 31, 2021
Sawamura landed on the injured list after testing positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
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