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18 Hisashi Iwakuma SP
Height/Weight: 6-3/210 | Birthdate: 4/12/1981 | Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Seattle | College: None | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 93/71 | Average Draft Position: 73.68
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Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma allows four runs in start


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma gave up four earned runs on five hits in five innings of work Saturday against the Giants. Iwakuma added four strikeouts and two walks on 85 pitches.

"I felt pretty good," Iwakuma said to MLB.com. "I feel like I can enter the season right now physically. From here on, it's all mental. I feel like I have a lot of life on my fastball, and that's a good sign."


Mariners' McClendon impressed by Hisashi Iwakuma's performance


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon was impressed with the day-after reports on Hisashi Iwakuma, according to the Tacoma News Tribune on Tuesday.

"Outstanding," McClendon said. "He threw the ball extremely well. Great command of the split. The fastball was in and out, up and down. He really commanded the zone very well."

Iwakuma allowed two runs on six hits over five innings of work against minor-league hitters. he struck out eight and walked one. Of his 72 pitches, 44 were called strikes.

"I had a good feel with the split," Iwakuma said. "It is starting to dive a lot. I feel like I could start the season right now physically. It's just all mental from here out."


Mariners' Hisashi Iwakuma tosses four scoreless innings


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma delivered four scoreless innings in Tuesday's 5-5 tie against the White Sox, allowing five hits and no walks while striking out two.

"I'm not 100 percent there yet, but I feel like I'm close to getting there," Iwakuma said through a translator after the outing, per the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. "I'm in game mode now. It will pick up another notch."

Iwakuma indicated he felt strong at the end of his start, and manager Lloyd McClendon said that his command "got better as the game went along. He threw a lot of very good two-strike strikes. He did a nice job."

Iwakuma has thrown just twice in Cactus League action this spring, as he was tabbed to work in a simulated game during his last turn.


Mariners' Iwakuma throws 60 pitches during simulated game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2015) Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma threw 60 pitches in four innings during a simulated game against minor leaguers Thursday, per The News Tribune

“I felt good overall today,” he said, “and had a better feel of my command, being able to locate where I wanted to. I was able to work from my stretch with runners on and that was good to get that feel back.

“I felt like my arm speed and arm action were better than my first outing, so I am satisfied with where I am at being the second game in camp.”


Mariners' Hisashi Iwakuma to pitch simulated game Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2015) Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma will pitch in a simulated game against minor leaguers Thursday rather than in Cactus League play, MLB.com reports.

Iwakuma would have faced the A's Thursday, but with the team set to travel to Oakland during its first road trip of the season, manager Lloyd McClendon wanted to avoid giving hitters extra work against the pitcher. Felix Hernandez is set to pitch a simulated game for the same reason Sunday.

"I just don’t want them facing teams we’re going to play early," McClendon said. "I don’t like doing that. Any type of edge we can get by not having them face them early is good. They just need to build up [innings]. I don’t think they’re trying to make the club."

Iwakuma tossed two perfect innings in his Cactus League debut Saturday, throwing 16 of his 22 pitches for strikes.


Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma off to good start in spring training


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2015) Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma set a strong tone for the remainder of spring training Saturday. He threw two perfect innings against the Diamondbacks and catcher Mike Zunino thought Iwakuma was very sharp in the outing, reports MLB.com.

"He's right on track," Zunino said. "I know there are a couple things he wants to work on. He wants to get his splitter down just a hair, but a lot of that has to do with the dryness here. He doesn't get quite the spin he wants, but he's pretty incredible right now. I know he's enjoying Spring Training since he missed it last year. Just his stuff and the mechanics and way he can [adjust] on one pitch is incredible."

Iwakuma feels good this spring, but didn't want to compare this year to his previous.

"It's hard to compare because you don't know where to put the standards," Iwakuma said through translator Antony Suzuki. "But when you look at my style, throwing strikes with a good groove and getting ahead in counts, I was able to do all of that. So I feel pretty comfortable right now and I'm pretty happy with my first game."


Mariners P Hisashi Iwakuma hits OF Gabriel Guerrero in batting practice


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma was forced to throw a modified batting practice since rain canceled a scheduled intrasquad scrimmage. Iwakuma got his work in by throwing to batters that were not allowed to swing since they were in a confined area.

However, Iwakuma didn't live up to his end of the bargain as he accidentally hit outfielder Gabriel Guerrero with a pitch during the session

“It was a split-finger [fastball] that just kind of slipped out of my finger,” Iwakuma said through interpreter Antony Suzuki, via The News Tribune. “I felt kind of bad for [Guerrero].”

Iwakuma's first scheduled start of spring training is slated for this Saturday against the Diamondbacks. 


McClendon: Iwakuma still throwing bullpens, but 'everything is fine'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2015) While most of Seattle's pitchers are tossing live batting practice, Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma threw his third bullpen session of the spring Friday, per MLB.com. However, manager Lloyd McClendon stressed the veteran pitcher is not behind due to injury.

“This is by design,” McClendon said. “We’re just stretching him out a little more. Kuma is A-OK and everything is fine. He has no issues at all. I don’t think he needs the live BPs. The guy is such a technician, he gets more done in a bullpen session than he would in a live BP.”

Iwakuma was 12-6 with a 2.57 ERA in his first 21 starts last season before going 3-3 with a 7.88 ERA in his final seven outings. 

“I kind of ran out of gas there,” he said through translator Antony Suzuki. “It wasn’t like I was very, very tired. I was just fatigued mentally and physically and that’s something I need to work on in spring training.

“I’m very excited (for 2015). It’s a different year compared to where I was last year. I’m very motivated. I look forward to the season and I’m looking forward to a good spring training.”


Mariners' Hisashi Iwakuma planning to remain in the U.S.


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/22/2015) Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma is planning to remain in the U.S. once his contract is up, according to the Tacoma News Tribune

Iwakuma is set to be a free-agent following the 2015 season, but wants to continue to the pitch in the United States. The 33-year-old could have opted to return to Japan, but has no plans to do so at the moment. 

Iwakuma posted a 3.52 ERA over 179 innings last year. 


Mariners' Zduriencik: 'No truth' to Hisashi Iwakuma trade rumors


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2014) While Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma's name has been floated in trade rumors, general manager Jack Zduriencik denies the notion the 33-year-old pitcher is being shopped, according to MLB.com.

"There's no truth to that," Zduriencik said. "I didn't have any substantive dialogue there. With Felix (Hernandez) and Iwakuma at the top and the other young guys we have, that's a formidable rotation."

Iwakuma, who was an All-Star in 2013, won a career-high 15 games in 28 starts in 2014. He is 38-20 with a 3.07 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in 91 outings (77 starts) since joining Seattle in 2012.


Mariners pick up option on Hisashi Iwakuma


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/30/2014) The Mariners have picked up an option on pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma, according to 710 ESPN.

It's actually unclear if the club picked up the option or if Iwakuma reached enough benchmarks during the year for the option to automatically vest. Either way, he'll return to Seattle for $7 million next season. Iwakuma was fantastic in 2014, posting a 3.52 ERA over 179 innings. 


Hisashi Iwakuma nursing a side injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma checked out "OK" after feeling something in his side Friday against the Angels, manager Lloyd McClendon told MLB.com Saturday. When asked if Iwakuma could pitch in five days, McClendon said, "I hope so."

Iwakuma picked up the win Friday night, limiting the Angels to two runs on four hits over 6 1/3 innings of a 4-3 victory. He finishes his 2014 regular season campaign with a 3.52 ERA, a 1.05 WHIP and 154:21 K:BB ratio over 179 innings.


Hisashi Iwakuma leaves for precautionary reasons


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma left Friday's game for precautionary reasons, according to the Everett Herald. 

Iwakuma was able to get an out in the seventh inning, but was removed from the game at that point. He was visited by a trainer, and was replaced by Brandon Maurer. Iwakuma was checked out after the contest, and it was determined that he was alright. The team never specified an injury for Iwakuma. 


Manager: Hisashi Iwakuma plagued by back, groin issues


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) Lloyd McClendon has revealed that Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma is dealing with slight back and groin ailments, which could explain his recent control problems, per mynorthwest.com.

Iwakuma, who has walked seven in his last 12 innings and has yielded 26 earned runs in his last 25 1/3 innings pitched, recently claimed that he has no physical issues. He is slated to make his last regular season start Friday night in a critical clash against the Angels.


Hisashi Iwakuma blames 'bad balance'


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/22/2014) Coming off a stretch of six straight shaky starts during which he has compiled a 9.12 ERA, Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma blamed his struggles on mechanics, according to the Seattle Times -- specifically, not landing properly on his plant leg.

"I'm physically healthy," Iwakuma said through interpreter Antony Suzuki. "There's no issue with that. This late in the season, we're all tired and feel fatigued at times, so we're trying to overcome that. But like I said the other day in Anaheim, it's more the balance for myself. I'm still kind of working on making my adjustments because of my bad balance. I'm not able to get ahead early in the count and that's kind of messing up my game plan."

Manager Lloyd McClendon is getting frustrated with Iwakuma's performance with the team fighting to make the playoffs for the first time since 2001.

"I'm not sure," McClendon said. "I'd be lying if I said I wasn't concerned. He had six days' rest. I thought he'd be a lot sharper today."


Hisashi Iwakuma turns in another subpar start


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/21/2014) Hisashi Iwakuma entered Sunday's game against the Astros looking for his first quality start of September, and he left with his quest unfulfilled. Iwakuma lasted only 4 1/3 innings in the Mariners' 8-3 loss, as he coughed up four runs on six hits and three walks, though he did manage to strike out eight batters.

In his final regular season opportunity to break his slump, Iwakuma will face the Angels on Friday. He heads into that start with a 14-9 record and 3.54 ERA.


Mariners announce weekend rotation plans


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) The Mariners announced Wednesday that Taijuan Walker will draw the start in Friday's series opener against the Astros in Houston.

Walker hasn't made a start for the Mariners since late July, but he's managed to make three appearances out of the bullpen in September. He owns a 2.96 ERA and 21:15 K:BB ratio in 24 1/3 innings.

The announcement will move Chris Young back to Saturday and Hisashi Iwakuma to Sunday.


Hisashi Iwakuma knocked around against Angels


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma got knocked around Monday night against the Angels in Anaheim, dropping to 14-8 on the year. He coughed up seven runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four over 3 1/3 innings of an 8-1 defeat.

Over his last five starts covering 21 1/3 innings, Iwakuma has allowed 22 earned runs. He owns a 3.42 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP over 26 starts (168 1/3 innings). His next start will come Saturday at Houston.

Hisashi Iwakuma chased in fifth inning of loss vs. Astros


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma took a loss Wednesday, allowing four earned runs on six hits and two walks in just 4 1/3 innings while striking out six in his team's 5-2 defeat against the Astros.

Iwakuma (14-7) hadn't taken a loss since Aug. 3, but Wednesday's start was the second time in his last four outings that he wasn't able to complete five innings. Even with his rough patch over his last four starts -- 15 earned runs in 18 innings pitched -- Iwakuma owns a 3.11 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 138:16 K:BB ratio in 165 innings. He's scheduled to face the Angels Tuesday.


Hisashi Iwakuma picks up the win Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma couldn’t go six innings Friday against the Rangers.

Iwakuma allowed three runs on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings. He struck out five and walked one during the outing. Iwakuma seemed to tire as the game went on. After opening with three scoreless innings, Iwakuma gave up his run over the next three innings. With two men on in the fourth, a Rougned Odor single drove in the first run of the game. After loading the bases in the fifth, Iwakuma managed to induce a double-play. A run came home on the play, and was charged to Iwakuma. He managed to get one out in the sixth inning, but left with a man on base. That run would eventually come around to score, and was charged to Iwakuma. 

With the win, Iwakuma improved to 14-6. He’ll take on the Astros in his next start.


Hisashi Iwakuma posts quality start in win over Nationals


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2014) Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma turned in a quality start for the win Sunday against the Nationals, improving to 13-6 on the year. The right-hander permitted three runs on five hits and no walks while striking out six over six innings of work.

Over his last four starts covering 23 innings, Iwakuma has allowed eight earned runs. He owns a 2.90 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP over 23 starts (155 1/3 innings). His next start will come Friday at Texas.

Hisashi Iwakuma chased in third inning Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma recorded just seven outs in a no-decision Sunday, allowing five earned runs on six hits and one walk in 2 1/3 innings and striking out one in his team's 8-6 win over the Red Sox.

Iwakuma was staked to a 3-0 lead after the top of the first inning but gave all three runs back in the bottom of the first. He then surrendered two more runs in the third before being removed with one out, giving him his shortest outing of the season and his first start with less than six innings since the end of June. Iwakuma owns a 2.83 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 121:13 K:BB ratio in 149 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Nationals Friday.


Hisashi Iwakuma turns in a fantastic start Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma turned in a fantastic start Tuesday against the Phillies.

Iwakuma allowed four hits over eight scoreless innings. He struck out 11 and did not issue any walks during the outing. Iwakuma never put more than one man on per inning. He gave up all four of his hits early. The last of the four came in the fifth inning. Iwakuma was perfect over his last three innings. The Mariners ran into trouble in the ninth, nearly blowing the game for Iwakuma. They were able to work out of the jam, giving Iwakuma the win.

With the win, Iwakuma improved to 12-6. He’ll take on the Rangers in his next start.


Hisashi Iwakuma holds Blue Jays scoreless in win Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma earned a win Wednesday, allowing five hits and one walk in 6 2/3 scoreless innings and striking out five in his team's 2-0 victory over the Blue Jays.

Iwakuma (11-6) gave up one run in each of his previous two starts, with both runs coming on solo home runs, before holding the Blue Jays completely at bay Wednesday. He was pulled after recording the second out of the seventh inning with a man of first, but the bullpen kept Toronto off the scoreboard in the inning. Iwakuma owns a 2.72 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 109:12 K:BB ratio in 139 innings. He's scheduled to face the Phillies Monday.


Hisashi Iwakuma tosses seven one-run innings in win Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2014) Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma earned a win Friday, allowing just one earned run on five hits in seven innings while striking out three and walking none in his team's 4-1 victory over the White Sox.

Iwakuma (10-6) fell behind 1-0 after a fourth-inning solo home run, but that would be his only blemish on the night, and he cruised to a win after the offense delivered four runs in the fifth. Iwakuma owns a 2.86 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 104:11 K:BB ratio in 132 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Blue Jays Wednesday.