Kei Igawa – New York Yankees

Kei Igawa

 Kei Igawa  

Who is Kei Igawa and why did the New York Yankees bid $25 million for the rights to talk to him?

 

 
Igawa is seen by many to be a lower cost/lower reward version of Daisuke Matsuzaka. He throws a fastball in the low to mid 90’s and has been a high strikeout pitcher throughout his career in Japan. Here’s a selection of Kei Igawa stats;
 

Year Team Age Level

W

L

ERA

G

1999

Hanshin

20

Intl

1

1

6.46

7

2000

Hanshin

21

Intl

1

3

4.35

9

2002

Hanshin

23

Intl

14

9

2.49

31

2003

Hanshin

24

Intl

20

5

2.8

29

2004

Hanshin

25

Intl

14

11

3.73

29

2005

Hanshin

26

Intl

13

9

3.87

27

2006

Hanshin

27

Intl

13

9

3.11

28

Totals

76

47

3.23

132

 

 

CG

SO

H9

HR9

BB9

K9

WHIP

1999

0

14

13.5

0.59

7.63

8.22

2.35

2000

0

37

8.24

1.14

4.35

8.47

1.4

2002

8

206

7

0.64

2.28

8.84

1.03

2003

8

179

8.04

0.66

2.53

7.82

1.17

2004

6

228

8.54

1.3

2.43

10.24

1.22

2005

2

145

10.39

1.2

3.13

7.57

1.5

 

 

184

x

x

 

8.28

 

Totals

24

809

8.49

0.94

2.74

8.64

1.25

 

Igawa (27 years old) has had a high K ratio, although I am concerned with his high H9, especially in the Japanese Central league. What Igawa will produce in the majors is unknown, but I would suspect that the part of the Yankees decision to make this deal was to let the Japanese know that they, along with the Red Sox, are committed to making inroads to Japan in future years. This would give the Yankees the following projected starting rotation;

Chien-Mang Wang
Mike Mussina
Randy Johnson
Kei Igawa

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