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.
Stands out in batting practice
OFTampa Bay Rays
July 5, 2020
Tsutsugo hit multiple long home runs in Sunday's batting practice, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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The Japanese slugger is looking to get his swing locked in during summer camp, as he'd produced mixed results during his first exposure to MLB arms during Grapefruit League play. Despite some of the contact issues he endured before play was paused, hopes remain high for Tsutsugo, who's also caught manager Kevin Cash's eye with his defense at both third base and left field.
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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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Summer camp will be key
OFTampa Bay Rays
June 30, 2020
Tsutsugo is fully expected back in Tampa to undergo mandatory coronavirus testing ahead of the team's first summer camp workout Friday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
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Planning return to U.S.
OFTampa Bay Rays
June 24, 2020
Rays general manager Erik Neander said Wednesday that Tsutsugo's agent informed him that the 28-year-old plans to leave Japan and report to the United States when the team resumes training next week, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Training at home in Japan
OFTampa Bay Rays
May 6, 2020
Tsutsugo returned to his native Japan approximately one month ago and is training six days a week while spring training remains suspended, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. "He's doing everything that he needs to do in order to be ready whenever the bell rings here to come back and to get things ramped back up here," Rays general manager Erik Neander said.
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Some trouble adjusting to velocity
OFTampa Bay Rays
April 20, 2020
Tsutsugo appeared to be further ahead defensively than in the batter's box before spring training was suspended, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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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.
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