[10/30/2017] Tomoyuki Sugano wins Sawamura Award

The NPB announced today that a selection committee decided to give Tomoyuki Sugano a Sawamura Award for his performance this year. Yusei Kikuchi was also considered, but the committee went with Sugano because they unanimously felt he put together a better overall season.

Category Sugano Kikuchi
15 or more wins 17 W 16 W
150 or more strikeouts 171 SO 217 SO
10 or more complete games 6 CG 6 CG
2.50 or better ERA 1.59 ERA 1.97 ERA
200 or more innings pitched 187.1 IP 187.2 IP
25 or more games 25 G 26 G
.600 or better winning percentage .773 WPCT .727 WPCT

The committee is planning to take quality starts into consideration next year, particularly since fewer pitchers have been able to reach ten complete games and 200 innings over the last few seasons.

Selection Committee: Tsuneo Horiuchi (chairman), Masaji Hiramatsu, Choji Murata, Manabu Kitabeppu, and Hisashi Yamada.

Source: NPB 10/30/2017, Daily Sports 10/30/2017, Sponichi 10/30/2017, Sponichi 10/30/2017, Sponichi 10/30/2017, Nikkan Sports 10/30/2017, Nikkan Sports 10//30/2017

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