Hirokazu Sawamura

34-Year-Old PitcherRP
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Sawamura made his way to the majors in 2021 after a 10-year professional career in Japan with 75 career saves. Armed with a mid-90s fastball (45% pitch %), effective split finger (39%) and slider (15%), the 33-year-old primarily pitched in middle relief for the Red Sox. The right-hander went 5-1 with a 3.06 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 11 holds over 53 innings, though his 4.24 xERA and 4.99 FIP suggests he was a bit lucky. Long balls were a concern (1.5 HR/9) as a result of Sawamura throwing his fastball too far down in the zone, though he did compensate for it with a 51.8% groundball rate. Sawamura will need a strong spring to earn a higher-leverage role with Boston. There's a possibility he enters the mix for saves if manager Alex Cora deploys a closer committee again, but he'll likely need to cut his 13.7% walk rate in half to draw consideration. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $3 million contract with the Red Sox in February of 2021. Contract includes $3 million option for 2023.
Takes loss in 10th inning
PBoston Red Sox
May 1, 2022
Sawamura (0-1) was tagged with Saturday's extra-inning loss to Baltimore without getting an out. He gave up one unearned run on a walk and his own throwing error.
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Sawamura came on in the bottom half of the 10th inning and intentionally walked the first batter, putting runners at first and second. He then fielded a bunt and airmailed a throw to third base that produced the winning run. He'd been effective in seven previous appearances, but the sequence of events following Nathan Eovaldi's seven scoreless innings was a microcosm of the team's performance in the month of April -- strong starting pitching, a lack of hitting/runs and the need for a reliable closer.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
13
Last 10 Games
11
Last 5 Games
11
How many pitches does Hirokazu Sawamura generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
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121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
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121+
What part of the game does Hirokazu Sawamura generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-12%
BAA vs LHP
2022
 
 
-41%
BAA vs LHP
2021
 
 
-6%
BAA vs LHP
2020
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .206 83 21 15 14 5 0 3
Since 2020vs Right .235 194 48 21 40 9 0 7
2022vs Left .154 14 3 1 2 1 0 1
2022vs Right .259 30 5 3 7 0 0 0
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
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-23%
ERA at Home
2022
 
 
-100%
ERA on Road
2021
 
 
-48%
ERA at Home
2020
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2020Home 2.70 1.44 33.1 4 0 0 10.0 4.9 0.5
Since 2020Away 3.52 1.37 30.2 1 2 0 9.4 5.3 2.3
2022Home 4.91 1.36 7.1 0 0 0 7.4 2.5 1.2
2022Away 0.00 0.82 3.2 0 1 0 4.9 4.9 0.0
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
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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
2.00
 
K/9
6.5
 
BB/9
3.3
 
HR/9
0.8
 
Fastball
95.2 mph
 
ERA
3.27
 
WHIP
1.18
 
BABIP
.258
 
GB/FB
1.67
 
Left On Base
69.0%
 
Exit Velocity
79.6 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
6.4%
 
Spin Rate
1975 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
29.8%
 
Swinging Strike
11.6%
 
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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.
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Makes quick work in win
PBoston Red Sox
April 12, 2022
Sawamura threw a scoreless two-thirds of an inning in Tuesday's 5-3 win over the Tigers.
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Expected to handle key bullpen role
PBoston Red Sox
March 21, 2022
Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Monday that he anticipates Sawamura (hamstring) filling a critical bullpen role in 2022, Chad Jennings of The Athletic reports.
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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.
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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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