Yoshihisa Hirano

Age 36
  • Born 03/08/1984
  • Bats R
  • Team: Seattle Mariners
2019 Statistics
W-L
-
IP
ERA
0.00
WHIP
0.00
K
K%
0.0
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2018
2019
Curveball
0.3% Thrown 73.7 MPH 33.3 CSW%
Four-Seamer
48.0% Thrown 91.1 MPH 34.6 CSW%
Split-Finger
51.7% Thrown 83.8 MPH 27.3 CSW%

Hirano only three sliders in 2019, as his main offering are his four-seam and split-finger fastballs. The three pitches averaged 73 mph and had above-average depth, with -41% less break than the major league avergage.

GIF made by Ben Palmer. Blurb written by Nicklaus Gaut

Thrown 48% of the time as the other side of his split-finger fastball, Hirano’s four-seamer averages 91 mph, which is seven ticks higher than the splitter, with average depth

GIF made by Ben Palmer. Blurb written by Nicklaus Gaut

Hirano throws his splitter 51.7% of the time, with it sitting at 84 mph – around a 7 mph slower than his fastball. The pitch induced a 21.1% SwStr% and ended the year with a 32.8% K-rate and .213 batting average. A great complement to the diving action of the splitter, with average depth but great late break that moved 32% more break than the major league average.

GIF made by Ben Palmer. Blurb written by Nicklaus Gaut
2018
2019
Four-Seamer
53.7% Thrown 91.4 MPH
Split-Finger
46.3% Thrown 83.3 MPH

Hirano’s four-seamer had some good movement, though it topped out at just 94 mph and didn’t generate many swinging strikes. A .267 BABIP against mitigated most of the damage though, and opponents hit just .233 with a .303 wOBA against it.

For a two-pitch pitcher that throws both pitches in equal measure, it’s impressive that Hirano was able to rack up an 18.9% whiff rate on his splitter. This was thanks in large part to the above-average drop the pitch had, which generated an elite 44.9% chase rate. Even when opponents made contact, they couldn’t do anything, managing a mere .185 average and .269 slugging percentage against it.

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