Yusei Kikuchi

SP,RP · Toronto Blue Jays

Bats L Throws L
Height 6'0" Weight 194
DOB 1991-06-17 Age 31.8
2023 Fantasy Rankings

NFBC ADP (15-team): 27.13, 403rd

Season Projections

THE BAT-19110.07751154610316558544.421.35

ATC projections by Ariel Cohen. Steamer projections by Steamer Projections Blog. THE BAT projections by Derek Carty. Zeile Consensus projections by FantasyPros.

Fantasy Baseball News Last 90 Days

  • Yusei Kikuchi Makes Toronto's Rotation

    Toronto Blue Jays left-hander Yusei Kikuchi has made the team's Opening Day starting rotation, according to manager John Schneider. The 31-year-old Japanese hurler did it by allowing only two earned runs on nine hits while walking 10 and striking out 25 over 18 innings and six Grapefruit League starts this spring. He sealed the deal by fanning nine in five scoreless innings against the Minnesota Twins on Thursday. It's great news for Kikuchi, but the walks are also concerning, and he wasn't very good last year in his first year in Toronto with a 5.19 ERA (5.62 FIP), 1.50 WHIP and 27.3 percent strikeout rate in 100 2/3 innings over 32 appearances (20 starts). The southpaw will have to pitch well to keep the rotation spot throughout the year.

    Mar 24 · Source via Blue Jays Yusei Kikuchi
  • Blue Jays Notes: Ryu, Barger, Lopez, Lukes

    Left-hander Hyun Jin Ryu, now nine months out from last summer’s Tommy John surgery, is throwing from 90 to 120 feet and still aiming for a mid-July return to the Blue Jays’ pitching staff, writes Keegan Matheson of MLB.com. He’s throwing off flat ground for now but could progress to mound work by mid-April. The…

    Mar 21 · MLB Trade Rumors Blue Jays Addison Barger Chris Bassitt Jose Berrios Bo Bichette Cavan Biggio Matt Chapman Santiago Espinal Kevin Gausman Yusei Kikuchi Otto Lopez Nathan Lukes Alek Manoah Whit Merrifield Hyun-Jin Ryu Ricky Tiedemann prospects
  • Yusei Kikuchi Has A New Curveball

    Toronto Blue Jays left-hander Yusei Kikuchi, who is starting the team's Grapefruit League opener on Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates, is featuring a new curveball in camp this spring. Kikuchi is trying to win the fifth spot in the starting rotation in spring training this year. He struggled in his first season with the Blue Jays in 2022 after signing a $36 million deal, posting a 5.19 ERA and eventually losing his rotation spot. "His confidence level is high right now," pitching coach Pete Walker said. "He's excited. He told me it's the best he's felt in five years, so all encouraging things." The 31-year-old southpaw does generate plenty of swings and misses, though, so he's still worth a late-round flier in deeper leagues if he wins the final rotation spot for the Jays.

    Feb 25 · Source via Blue Jays Yusei Kikuchi
    2023 ATC-19110.06661154710017557524.251.34
    2023 Steamer-21134.09891375212017663583.901.28
    2023 THE BAT-19110.07751154610316558544.421.35
    2023 Zeile-19108.4675114501051800554.531.42

    Historic stats obtained free of charge from and are copyrighted by Retrosheet. ATC projections by Ariel Cohen. Steamer projections by Steamer Projections Blog. THE BAT projections by Derek Carty. Zeile Consensus projections by FantasyPros.

    Apr 12at NYYL 0-413.101022510325.402.10
    Apr 19at BOSL 1-215.000033300111.801.20
    Apr 24at HOUL 7-813.200045310424.912.18
    Apr 29vs HOUL 7-1112.2000434104413.502.63
    May 4vs NYYW 2-116.010071310111.500.67
    May 10at NYYL 5-615.100073200223.380.94
    May 16vs SEAW 6-216.010063100000.000.67
    May 22vs CINL 2-314.100073201224.151.15
    May 28at LAAW 6-515.000041900223.602.00
    Jun 3vs MINL 3-914.201060730447.711.50
    Jun 8at KCL 4-810.2000242003340.509.00
    Jun 14vs BALL 5-614.001044520449.002.25
    Jun 19vs NYYW 10-914.000052322336.751.25
    Jun 25at MILL 4-512.001051621529.003.50
    Jun 30vs TBW 4-116.010081410111.500.83
    Jul 5at OAKL 3-512.1010052024415.433.00
    Jul 28vs DETW 5-315.010051210111.800.60
    Aug 3at TBL 2-314.000051301224.501.00
    Aug 8at BALL 4-715.001043630559.001.80
    Aug 15vs BALL 3-713.101033410638.102.10
    Aug 18at NYYW 9-201.000021100000.002.00
    Aug 23at BOSW 9-300.2000130011113.504.50
    Aug 26vs LAAL 0-1203.000061320339.001.33
    Aug 28vs LAAL 3-800.100010000000.000.00
    Sep 3at PITW 4-102.100051400113.862.14
    Sep 6at BALL 6-900.2000102001113.503.00
    Sep 11at TEXL 1-402.000031410229.002.50
    Sep 16vs BALW 6-302.010040210229.001.00
    Sep 25at TBW 7-101.000021001000.001.00
    Sep 28vs NYYL 3-800.200010000000.000.00
    Sep 30vs BOSW 9-003.000051100000.000.67
    Oct 5at BALW 5-101.210020000000.000.00
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