Yoshi Tsutsugo
Yoshi Tsutsugo
28-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Tampa Bay Rays
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Tsutsugo, who inked a two-year, $12 million deal with the Rays this offseason, has been one of Japan's top power hitters with 29 home runs last season and 38 in 2018. He led Team Japan in the 2017 World Baseball Classic with a 1.113 OPS and has had an OPS of .899 or better while averaging 35 home runs the past four seasons in NPB. He had a 15.7 BB% last season and has a career .382 OBP. His 25.3 K% last season was well up from the 18.4 K% he logged in 2018, which is mildly concerning. Tsutsugo impressed the Rays in a private workout at the Winter Meetings, so they acted fast to acquire his left-handed power bat. Designated hitter, left field and third base are the positions they plan to try him at. Tampa Bay is not in the habit of handing out bad contracts, especially to bat-first players. The playing time should be there, and while he may not hit for a high average, he could be an asset in HR, RBI and OBP. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $12 million contract with the Rays in December of 2019.
Team pleased with progress
OFTampa Bay Rays
March 21, 2020
The Rays have been pleased with Tsutsugo's progress in adjusting during his first spring training stateside, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Tsutsugo came into spring camp after a distinguished career in Japan, and the 28-year-old provided plenty of encouraging signs before spring training was paused that he was making progress toward adjusting to major-league arms. Tsutsugo had a team-high 13 strikeouts in Grapefruit League play, but he also drew three walks and laced both a double and a home run over 12 exhibitions. Additionally, Zachary Silver of MLB.com reports manager Kevin Cash had previously indicated he was pleased with how the offseason acquisition was coming along. "He's done a really good job. Really, really good job overall," Cash said. "[I was] cautiously optimistic about how it would play out, because we bet on the guys that we already had, but it takes two to develop those relationships. I think he's done an awesome job [of] going out of his way and connecting with pitchers, position players and staff."
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2016 Fantasy Outlook
After spending a couple years on the horizon, Tsutsugoh broke out in 2014 after transitioning to the outfield, and hasn't looked back. He followed up a solid .300/.373/.529 with a better .317/.400/.522 line in 2015, improving his contact skills and his ability to drive the ball. Tsutsugoh has realistic 40 homer upside (in Japan), and has MLB aspirations dating back to his high school days.
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Solid in left field
OFTampa Bay Rays
February 23, 2020
Tsutsugo made his debut for the Rays on Sunday, playing in left field and batting fifth, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
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Looks good at hot corner
OFTampa Bay Rays
February 21, 2020
Tsutsugo looked good while taking grounders at third base Friday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports. "He looked really comfortable over there," manager Kevin Cash said. "It's not the easiest setting, the turf is kind of matted down to where it's fast over there. Some of those guys that have been in camp the last couple years recognize that, but Yoshi did a good job."
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Projected for multiple positions
OFTampa Bay Rays
February 15, 2020
Tsutsugo, who arrived in camp Saturday, could be utilized in left field, at first base and as a designated hitter during his debut Rays campaign, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
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Lands with Rays
OFTampa Bay Rays
December 13, 2019
Tsutsugo signed with the Rays for two years and approximately $12 million Friday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Signing window begins
OFFree Agent
November 18, 2019
Tsutsugo's signing period for MLB clubs began Monday, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.
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