Tomoyuki Sugano: Did You Know


Sugano is currently slated to earn his international free agent option some time during the 2021 season. Speaking at an awards ceremony on December 12, he said he still had three or four more years to become the type of pitcher that deserved to go to the majors.

Source: Sanspo 12/12/2017


May 23, 2017 vs Hanshin at Koshien Stadium – Sugano recorded his fiftieth career victory in his 109th game. Only three other pitchers in franchise history since 1950 have reached fifty victories in fewer games: Koji Uehara in eighty-five games in 2002, Suguru Egawa in ninety-eight games in 1982, and Tsuneo Horiuchi in 108 games in 1969.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/24/2017

September 26, 2017 vs Yakult at Tokyo Dome – Sugano picked up his seventeenth victory of the year and became the first pitcher in the NPB to win seventeen or more games since Masahiro Tanaka won twenty-four in 2013. He is the first pitcher in the Central League to win seventeen or more games since Tetsuya Utsumi and Kazuki Yoshimi each racked up eighteen victories in 2011.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/27/2017

Sugano’s pitches:

  • fastball: topped out at 155km/h on July 28, 2016
  • cutter: mid-130 to 140s, late action, sharp break
  • slider: upper-120 to 130s, big break, swinging strike pitch
  • curveball: 120s “power curve” and 110 curve
  • forkball: mid- to upper-130, swinging strike pitch
  • one-seam: 150-plus, late movement, stopped using it for a while, returned to the pitch this year
  • two-seam: similar to the one-seam, used a lot during his second and third, relied more on one-seam this year
  • change-up: wants another pitch with downward action because forkball was not very effective this year, working on change-up for 2017 season, could still go back to forkball

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/28/2016

Salary History

  • 2013 – 15 million yen
  • 2014 – 70 million yen
  • 2015 – 110 million yen
  • 2016 – 130 million yen
  • 2017 – 230 million yen
  • 2018 – 450 million yen

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/29/2017

Sugano became the fifteenth player in NPB history (fifth in Giants history) to reach the 450 million yen mark in salary in 2018. He has the second highest salary for a pitcher in Giants history, behind Toshiya Sugiuchi’s 500 million yen (2013-2015). He is the first pitcher in NPB history and Giants history to reach 450 million yen in their sixth year. The previous NPB record was Tadashi Settsu at 400 million yen in 2014; the previous Giants record was Koji Uehara at 300 million yen in 2004.

Source: Sanspo 11/29/2017, Sponichi 11/29/2017, Nikkan Sports 11/29/2017

Yomiuri Giants Salaries, 450 million yen an up

  • Hideki Matsui – 610 million yen (2002)
  • Shinnosuke Abe – 600 million yen (2014)
  • Toshiya Sugiuchi – 500 million yen (2013-2015)
  • Kazuhiro Kiyohara – 450 million yen (2002-2004)
  • Tomoyuki Sugano – 450 million yen (2018)

Source: Sponichi 11/29/2017

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