Sugano, Tomoyuki 菅野 智之 (すがの・ともゆき)
Yomiuri Giants | #19 | P
Born: 10/10/1989 (age 29)
Height: 186cm
Weight: 92kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: A
Hometown: Kanagawa
Draft: 2012, 1st Round
History: 東海大相模高-東海大
Roster Changes: removed 08/05/2016, added 08/15/2016

[10/30/2016] 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 Sawamura 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 conisideration 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


[10/17/2017] Nihon Seimei MVP of the Month Awards for September/October

Central League


Tomoyuki Sugano, Yomiuri (Fifth Time)
5 G, 4-0, 38.0 IP, 0.47 ERA, 26 SO, 2 ER, 2 CG, 1 ShO

Sugano notched his third MVP of the Month this season. He led the league in wins (tied with Joe Wieland) and ERA in September/October. He recorded two complete games, including a shutout, in five starts. He allowed earned runs in only one start. The five MVP of the Month awards ties the Yomiuri record for pitchers set by Masaki Saito. The three MVP of the Month awards in one season ties the league record for pitchers set by Masahiro Yamamoto in 1993.


Ryuhei Matsuyama, Hiroshima (First Time)
20 G, .408 AVG, 29 H, 5 HR, 23 RBI

Matsuyama batted clean-up in twenty September/October games. He led the league in hits and posted a .480 batting average with runners in scoring position. He helped the team put together a 16-5 record in September/October.

Pacific League


Yusei Kikuchi, Seibu (FirstTime)
4 G, 3-0, 31.0 IP, 0.29 ERA, 1 ShO, 37 SO, 1 ER

Kikuchi pitched in four games in September/October and went 3-0 with a shutout. He led the league with a 0.29 ERA. He tossed a four-hit shutout with ten strikeouts against Lotte on September 7, allowed a run (unearned) on four hits and struck out eleven over eight innings against Rakuten on September 14, pitched sixth shutout innings against Lotte on September 21, and gave up three runs (one earned) over eight innings against Rakuten on October 3.


Hotaka Yamakawa, Seibu (Second Time)
25 G, .326 AVG, 30 H, 10 HR, 19 RBI

Yamakawa played in twenty-five games in September/October and led the league in home runs, runs (19), total bases (68), and slugging percentage (.739). He recorded multiple hits in ten games and two or more RBI in six games. He is the fourth player in league history to win MVP of the Month awards for two consecutive months. The other three: Doug Jennings (July and August 1995), Ichiro (June and July 1998), and Yuki Yanagita (August and September 2015).

Source: NPB 10/17/2017


[10/16/2017] Sugano to be named next Giants Chief Player Rep

According to a report at Sponichi, Tomoyuki Sugano is in line to become the Yomiuri Giants’ next Chief Player Representative. Hisayoshi Chono, current chief player representative since last year, told reporters he could think of no one other than Sugano for the job.

Source: Sponichi 10/16/2017


[8/25/2017] Tomoyuki Sugano scratched from start

Tomoyuki Sugano was scratched from a start against the Hanshin Tigers at Tokyo Dome on August 26. Sugano was tabbed for the start, but Tappei Tanioka was officially announced as the starter today.

Source: Daily Sports 8/25/2017, Nikkan Sports 8/25/2017

[UPDATE 8/26 @ 12:14am]

Sugano ended his workouts early on August 25 because he was not feeling well. He was scratched from his start on August 26 for the season reason.

Source: Sponichi 8/25/2017

[UPDATE 8/27 @ 5:16pm]

Sugano participated in practices as usual on August 26. He is not expected to miss his next start.

Source: Sponichi 8/27/2017


[8/8/2017] Nihon Seimei MVP of the Month Awards for July

Central League


Tomoyuki Sugano, Yomiuri (Fourth Time)
4 G, 4-0, 29.0 IP, 0.31 ERA, 30 SO, 1 ER

Sugano won the MVP of the Month Award for the second time this year (May and July). He led the league with four wins and a 0.31 ERA in July. He won all four of his starts. Sugano is the first Yomiuri pitcher to win two MVP of the Month Awards in one season since Masaki Saito in 1990 (May and July).


Masayuki Kuwahara, Yokohama (First Time)
21 G, .389 AVG, 35 H, 6 HR, 14 RBI, 2 SB

Kuwahara batted first in every game in July and led the league with a .389 batting average. He recorded a hit in seventeen of the twenty-one games he played. Of the seventeen, thirteen were multi-hit games; of the thirteen, five were modashos. He also led the league in on base percentage (.439) and his seventeen runs scored was good for a second place tie with two other players. On July 1, he recorded a lead-off home run and a come-from-behind grand slam in the ninth. Kuwahara is the first Yokohama player to win the award since Jose Lopez later year (September).

Pacific League


Nao Higashihama, Softbank (First Time)
3 G, 3-0, 20.1 IP, 1.33 ERA, 13 SO, 3 ER

Higashihama pitched in three games in July and led the league in wins (tied with five others). He gave up a run on four hits over 5.1 innings against Nippon Ham on July 7; a run on five hits over 7.2 innings against Seibu on July 17; and a run on five hits over 7.1 innings against Rakuten on July 27.


Shogo Akiyama, Seibu (Third Time)
23 G, .351 AVG, 33 H, 3 HR, 19 RBI, 2 SB

Akiyama batted lead-off in all twenty-three of his team’s games in July. He led the league in hits (33), RBI (19), and total bases (52). His sixteen runs scored was tied for most with two other players. He recorded three hits and four RBI on July 6 against Nippon Ham, July 11 against Lotte, and July 23 against Nippon Ham. He also recorded four hits and two RBI against Orix on July 25. He put together an eleven-game hitting streak between July 18 and 30. Akiyama won the MVP of the Month Award two other times, both in 2015 (March/April and June). This is the seventy-second time a Seibu player won the award, most in the league.

Source: NPB 8/8/2017


[6/7/2017] Nihon Seimei MVP of the Month Awards for May

Central League


Tomoyuki Sugano, Yomiuri (Third Time)
5 G, 3-2, 37.0 IP, 2.68 ERA, 31 SO, 11 ER

Sugano led the league with three victories (tied with two others). The three victories were a shutout, one run over eight innings, and seven shutout innings. He recorded the shutout win on May 2 against Yokohama at Tokyo Dome and became the first pitcher since Masaki Saito in 1989 to string together three shutout victories in a row. He also notched his fiftieth career victory during the win he recorded when he gave up a run over eight innings. Sugano is the first Yomiuri pitcher to record an MVP of the Month since Kazuto Taguchi in July 2016.


Dayan Viciedo, Chunichi (Second Time)
25 G, .341 AVG, 30 H, 8 HR, 25 RBI

Viciedo played in all his team’s games in May and batted .341 (fourth in the league) with eight home runs (third) and twenty-five RBI (first). His seven shukunda’s (hits that drove in the first run of the game, game-tying run, go-ahead run, come-from-behind run) were good for a first place tie. He blasted a walk-off home run against Hiroshima on May 19. Teammate Yohei Oshima won the MVP of the Month last month.

Pacific League


Takahiro Norimoto, Rakuten (Second Time)
4 G, 4-0, 32.0 IP, 2.25 ERA, 1 CG, 1 ShO, 46 SO, 8 ER

Norimoto started four games in May and led the league with four victories (tied with one other). He tossed a shutout victory against Lotte on May 10 (12 SO, 5 H, 1 BB). He struck out twelve against Orix on May 3 and Nippon Ham on May 17 and ten against Orix on May 25. Including the last four games he pitched in April (ten against Seibu on the 19th and ten against Lotte on the 26th), he recorded ten or more strikeouts in six consecutive starts.


Brandon Laird, Nippon Ham (Second Time)
23 G, .333 AVG, 27 H, 10 HR, 27 RBI

Laird batted fifth in all of his team’s games in May. He led the league in slugging (.753), RBI (twenty-seven), and home runs (ten, tied with two others) and his sixty-one totals bases were second most in the league. His team won all seven games in which he drove two or more runs. He blasted home runs in four consecutive at bats spanning two games on May 12 and 13.

Nippon Ham players have now won the award seventy-one times, tied for most in league history with Orix.

Source: NPB 6/7/2017


[3/27/2017] Yomiuri Giants opening day start: Sugano out, Mikolas in

Yoshinobu Takahashi told people at a team gathering earlier today that Miles Mikolas will start the home opener on March 31 and Tomoyuki Sugano the road opener on April 4. Takahashi decided to make the change because Sugano participated in the World Baseball Classic.

Mikolas was in the United States for the birth of his first child. He returned to Japan on March 26. He rejoined the team today for Ichi-gun practices at Tokyo Dome and tossed a bullpen session.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/27/2017, Nikkan Sports 3/27/2017, Daily Sports 3/27/2017, Sponichi 3/27/2017

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[3/26/2017] Tomoyuki Sugano could be replaced as opening day starter

Tomoyuki Sugano is still slated to get the opening day start on March 31, but could be replaced if he needs a little more time to rest (not just physically, but also mentally and emotionally) after participating in the World Baseball Classic. If he is replaced, his first start of the regular season will most likely be pushed back to the Yokohama at Yokohama series that begins on April 4.

Source: Sanspo 3/26/2017, Sponichi 3/26/2017


Tomoyuki Sugano: Did You Know



May 23 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 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


May 11 vs Chunichi at Tokyo Dome – Sugano struck out seven in a row between the second and fourth innings and tied the Yomiuri Giants franchise record held  by Takumi Otomo (vs Hiroshima at Korakuen on September 15, 1954), Yuya Kubo (vs Chunichi at Nagoya Dome on June 27, 2003), and Toshiya Sugiuchi (vs Hanshin at Koshien on April 7, 2012). The NPB record is nine.

Sugano also tied a career high with thirteen strikeouts in the game, first set on July 9, 2016 against Yokohama. This was the seventeenth double-digit strikeout game of his career.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/11/2018, Daily Sports 5/11/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/11/2018, Sanspo 5/12/2018

May 18 vs Yokohama at Tokyo Dome – Sugano blasted the first home run of his career (320th plate appearance) in the fifth inning off Kenta Ishida. He is the second pitcher to hit a home run this season, first since Takumi Akiyama on May 8; the first Yomiuri pitcher since Miles Mikolas on August 1, 2017; and the first Japanese Yomiuri pitcher since Shun Tono on May 3, 2011.

Sugano’s consecutive scoreless innings streak ended at 29.2 innings. The streak started in the ninth inning of a game against Hanshin on April 20 and ended with two outs in the third on May 18 (1.0 IP on April 20 vs Hanshin, 9.0 IP on April 28 against Yakult, 8.0 IP on May 4 against Yokohama, 9.0 IP on May 11 against Chunichi, 2.2 IP on May 18 against Yokohama).

Source: Sponichi 5/18/2018, Daily Sports 5/18/2018, Sanspo 5/18/2018, Sanspo 5/19/2018

June 15 vs Lotte at ZOZO Marine – Sugano recorded a victory against Lotte and now has wins against all eleven current NPB teams.

Source: Sponichi 6/15/2018

July 28 vs Chunichi at Tokyo Dome – Sugano became the 350th pitcher in NPB history to reach 1,000 innings after he recorded two outs in the first inning.

Source: Sponichi 7/28/2018

August 25 vs Hanshin at Tokyo Dome – Sugano picked up his fifth shutout victory of the year. He is the first pitcher to record at least five shutout victories in a season since Takahiro Norimoto’s seven in 2014 and the first Yomiuri pitcher since Masaki Saito’s six in 1995. The shutout was also Sugano’s second in as many starts. He has recorded consecutive shutout in 2016 (two in row) and 2017 (three in a row). This was the first time he recorded the shutouts at Tokyo Dome.

Sugano recorded twelve shutouts. This was the second time he tossed a shutout and recorded at least ten strikeouts. He recorded his first shutout and double-digit strikeout game earlier this year on May 11 against Chunichi (thirteen strikeouts).

Source: Sponichi 8/26/2018, Nikkan Sports 8/25/2018, Nikkan Sports 8/26/2018

September 22 vs Yakult at Tokyo Dome – Sugano notched his sixth shutout of the year, fifth at Tokyo Dome. He is the first Giant to record six shutouts in a season since Masaki Saito in 1995 and the first Giant pitcher to record five shutouts at Tokyo Dome. Since 1952, only three other Giants have managed to record five shutouts at the team’s home stadium: Motoshi Fujita (1958), Yoshiaki Ito (1963), and Hidetake Watanabe (1970).

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/23/2018, Sponichi 9/23/2018

September 28 vs Yokohama at Tokyo Dome – Sugano tossed his seventh shutout of the season. He set a new Giants record with his sixth shutout at home.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/28/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/29/2018

October 4 vs Hiroshima at Mazda Stadium – Sugano recorded his eighth shutout of the year (and third in as many starts). He became the first pitcher to record eight shutouts since Keishi Suzuki in 1978. He joined Takehiko Bessho (eight in 1950) and Yoshiaki Ito (ten in 1963) as the only Giants pitchers since 1950 to record eight or more shutouts in one season. He also joined Masaichi Kaneda (four in 1958, three in 1965), Tetsuya Yoneda (three in 1964 and three in 1965), and Gene Bacque (three in 1965 and three in 1966) as the only pitchers in NPB history since 1950 to record three or more shutouts in a row in two separate seasons (Sugano three in 2017 and three in 2018).

Sugano is the first Giants pitcher to reach 200 innings and 200 strikeouts in one season since Suguru Egawa in 1981 (240.1 IP, 221 SO).

Source: Sponichi 10/4/2018, Sponichi 10/4/2018, Sponichi 10/4/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/5/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/5/2018, Sanspo 10/5/2018

October 9 vs Hanshin at Koshien Stadium – Sugano entered the game in the ninth inning and made his first appearance in relief since October 8, 2013.

Source: Sanspo 10/9/2018, Sponichi 10/9/2018



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


Sugano worked out in Hawaii with five other players after the 2017 season and apparently paid for everything out of his own pocket.

Source: Tokyo Sports 2/5/2018

Sugano’s pitches:

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/28/2016

Salary History

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

Source: Sponichi 11/29/2017

Charitable Work

Sugano donated 1.7 million yen (100,000 yen per victory, seventeen victories in 2017) to the Japan Service Dog Association during a ceremony on February 11, 2018. This was the third time Sugano made a donation to the association (December 2015, February 2017).

Source: Sponichi 2/11/2018


[10/6/2016] Something might be wrong with Tomoyuki Sugano

Tomoyuki Sugano did not participate in team practices at Tokyo Dome on October 6. He showed up at the stadium around 13:10 and then left abou ten minutes later. There is a chance he might not be able to start Game 1 of the First Stage of the Climax Series. Yoshinobu Takahashi and other members of the coaching staff avoided divulging information about the situation.

Source: Tokyo Sports 10/6/2016, Chunichi Sports 10/6/2016, Sponichi 10/6/2016, Daily Sports 10/6/2016

[UPDATE 10/7 @ 4:32pm]

The Giants have not made any official announcements, but the media is assuming Sugano left practices early because he was not feeling well.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/7/2016, Sponichi 10/7/2016

[UPDATE 10/8 @ 12:46am]

Sugano did not participate in practices on October 7.

Source: Daily Sports 10/7/2016

[UPDATE 10/8 @ 10:05pm]

Sugano joined the Ichi-gun team for practices at Tokyo Dome on October 8.

Source: Nikkan Sports 10/8/2016