Shintaro Fujinami got a start against Ni-gun Orix on May 8 and tossed seven shutout innings. He faced twenty-seven hitters, gave up five hits, walked two, struck out nine, and topped out at 154km/h. He threw 102 pitches, seventy for strikes.0 Comments
Shintaro Fujinami stopped throwing after he developed some pain in his right shoulder near the end of fall camp and is planning to rest his arm until the new year. He did not seem concerned when he spoke to reporters on November 23 because he generally does not do a lot of throwing at the end of the year. The shoulder is not expected to be a problem when spring camp starts next year.0 Comments
Shintaro Fujinami pitched in a Ni-gun game against Chunichi at Nagoya Stadium earlier today. He took the mound in the third inning and gave up two runs on five hits and four walks over four innings of work. He threw ninety-six pitches.
Fujinami gave up both runs in the fourth inning after he loaded the bases with a double and two walks and no out.
Source: Nikkan Sports 9/21/2017
[UPDATE 9/28 @ 9:32pm]
Fujinami started a Ni-gun game against Hiroshima at Koshien Stadium today. He gave up a run (unearned) on four hits and a walk over five innings of work. He threw seventy-two pitches and struck out six.
Added additional performance information on 9/28 @ 11:55pm.
[UPDATE 10/16 @ 4:40pm]
Fujinami returned to Osaka on October 14 and joined the Ichi-gun team for workouts on October 15. He could get a start during the Final Stage of the Climax Series if the Tigers get past the Yokohama Bay Stars. He tossed seven-shutout inning during a Phoenix League game against Seibu on October 12.0 Comments
Shintaro Fujinami was taken off the active roster on August 17 for additional work at Ni-gun. Ni-gun manager Masayuki Kakefu told reporters on August 20 that he planned to use Fujinami as a reliever at least once or twice. His first appearance will most likely come on August 22 against Softbank at Naruohama.
Fujinami was added to the active roster on August 16 after spending about three months at Ni-gun. He got a start against Hiroshima on the same day and gave up three runs (all earned) on seven hits and seven walks over 4.2 innings of work.
Source: Sanspo 8/21/2017
[UPDATE 8/22 @ 4:28pm]
Fujinami started a Ni-gun game against Softbank at Naruohama today. He pitched two innings, threw forty-three pitches, and gave up four runs on three hits (including two home runs) and two walks.
Fujinami walked the lead-off batter in the first. One out later, he walked another batter and put runners on first and second. He gave up the first run of the game on a single to right. He erased one of the runners on a caught stealing and then gave up back-to-back home runs. He retired the side in order in the second inning (K, K, G3).
According to Sanspo, the Tigers might send Fujinami to the United States to consult with someone that might be able to help him through his current struggles (like a sports psychologist).
[UPDATE 8/23 @ 11:05am]
Fujinami is slated to pitch in another Ni-gun game on August 24 against Softbank at Naruohama. If he pitches well, he could return to the active roster in time for a start against Yomiuri on August 27.
Source: Daily Sports 8/23/2017
[UPDATE 8/24 @ 1:42pm]
Fujinami started a Ni-gun game against Softbank at Naruohama today and tossed a shutout inning. He threw eighteen pitches and topped out at 156km/h.
Fujinami struck out the first batter he faced looking, gave up a single to right to the second batter, got the third batter to ground out to second, and a runner on second was erased on a ball in the dirt that the catcher recovered and quickly fired off to second.
Added additional performance information on 8/24 @ 11:59pm.
[UPDATE 8/25 @ 9:42pm]
Fujinami will most likely get a start on August 27 against Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome.
[UPDATE 8/29 @ 4:49pm]
Fujinami got the start on August 27 and gave up three runs (all earned) on three hits over 6.1 innings of work. He faced twenty-five batters, walked three, hit one, and struck out nine. His next start will most likely come on six days of rest on September 3 against Chunichi at Koshien Stadium.
Source: Daily Sports 8/29/20170 Comments
Shintaro Fujinami was taken off active roster today and reassigned to Ni-gun for a tune-up. He practiced at the Ni-gun facilities today.
[UPDATE 5/19 @ 4:34pm]
Fujinami is slated to start a Ni-gun game on June 3 against Chunichi on seven days of rest.
Source: Nikkan Sports 5/29/2017
[UPDATE 6/3 @ 9:12pm]
Fujinami started a Ni-gun game against Chunichi earlier today. He allowed a run on three hits over five innings of work. He walked one, struck out five, and topped out at 154km/h.
Fujinami gave up a run on a walk and two hits in the first inning. After that, he allowed just one infield hit.
[UPDATE 6/11 @ 12:11am]
Fujinami started a Ni-gun game against Softbank today. He gave up two runs on four hits over six innings. He threw 116 pitches, walked five, and struck out eleven. He put runners on first and second, the struck out three in a row to end the first inning. He topped out at 155km/h.
[UPDATE 6/16 @ 7:02pm]
Fujinami started a Ni-gun game against Orix today and tossed six shutout innings. He threw ninety-nine pitches, allowed two hits, walked/hit five, threw two wild pitches, struck out ten, and topped out at 157km/h.
[UPDATE 6/17 @ 3:57pm]
Fujinami apparently threw 230-240 pitches on June 16: ninety-nine during the game and the rest during a bullpen session before the game.
Source: Nikkan Sports 6/17/2017
[UPDATE 6/21 @ 12:21pm]
Fujinami was scheduled to start another Ni-gun game on June 23 against Hiroshima at Koshien Stadium. However, his outing was pushed back a day to June 24 because Koyo Aoyagi is now slated to start the game on the 23rd.
Modified information based on newer update from 6/21
[UPDATE 6/24 @ 4:10pm]
Fujinami started a Ni-gun game against Hiroshima today. He gave up two runs on five hits over seven innings of work. He walked two, struck out seven and topped out at 154km/h.
[UPDATE 7/1 @ 4:46pm]
Fujinami was scheduled to start a Ni-gun game on June 30, but the game was rained out. He threw close to sixty pitches in the bullpen. He is now slated to get a start on July 2 against Chunichi at Nagoya Stadium.
Source: Nikkan Sports 7/1/2017
[UPDATE 7/2 @ 4:24pm]
Fujinami started a Ni-gun game against Chunichi at Nagoya Stadium today. he gave up seven runs over 4.0+ innings of work. His day ended when he was tossed for throwing a dangerous pitch to Masami Ishigaki in the fifth with a runner on first and no out. He threw 109 pitches, allowed seven hits, and walked/hit seven.
[UPDATE 7/24 @ 12:33am]
The Tigers have placed Fujinami on his own schedule — since he is working on his mechanics, he gets to decide when he is ready to pitch. His next one or two appearances will be in relief. The Tigers will evaluate his progress after they see how well he pitches.
Source: Tokyo Sports 7/23/2017
[UPDATE 7/26 @ 12:12am]
Fujinami pitched in a Ni-gun game against Hiroshima on July 25. He entered the game in the fifth and tossed a shutout inning in relief. He threw eleven pitches, faced four batters, gave up one hit, walked none, struck out one, and topped out at 156km/h.
[UPDATE 7/27 @ 11:10pm]
Fujinami pitched in a Ni-gun game against Hiroshima on July 27. He entered the game in the fifth inning and did not allow a run in an inning of work.
The recorded the first two outs on nine pitches (eight strikeouts). He threw a total sixteen pitches in the inning.
[UPDATE 7/28 @ 9:35pm]
Fujinami is slated to start a Ni-gun game against Orix on July 29. He is expected to pitch about three innings. It will be his first Ni-gun start since July 2 against Chunichi.
[UPDATE 7/29 @ 10:50pm]
Fujinami started a Ni-gun game against Orix today. He gave up a run on four hits over three innings. He threw seventy-one pitches, walked three, struck out seven, and topped out at 158km/h.
Fujinami gave up a two-out double in the first, then struck out the next batter he faced to end the inning. He loaded the bases with one out in the second (single to right, walk, single to left), but got out of the jam by striking out two in a row. He walked two in a third inning and with runners on first and second and two out, allowed a run to score on an infield single to second.
[UPDATE 7/30 @ 10:42pm]
Fujinami will most likely get another start on five to six days of rest. That should put his next start some time during a three-game series against Ni-gun Chunichi that begins on August 4. He will pitch about five innings.
[UPDATE 8/2 @ 4:05pm]
Fujinami is expected to throw about 100 pitches over five innings during his next start.
Source: Sanspo 8/2/2017
[UPDATE 8/4 @ 4:08pm]
Fujinami started a Ni-gun game against Chunichi on August 4. He gave up two runs (one earned) on five hits over five innings of work. He threw ninety-two pitches, walked one, struck out seven, and topped out at 157km/h.
Fujinami retired the side in order in the first, put runners on first and second with one out before recording two strikeouts in a row to end in the second, allowed an unearned to score in the third, gave up a solo home run in the fourth, and put runners on first and third with two out before racking up his seventh strikeout for the last out in the fifth.
Fujinami will most likely make his next start on five days of rest on August 10 against Ni-gun Hiroshima. The start could be his last test before returning to the active roster.
Added additional performance information on 8/5 @ 1:22pm.
[UPDATE 8/10 @ 11:31pm]
Fujinami started a Ni-gun game game against Hiroshima today. He gave up a run on four hits, including a solo home run, over five innings of work. He threw eighty-four pitches, walked two, struck out three, and topped out at 156/km/h.
Fujinami did not allow a run in the first inning. He served up a home run to the first batter he faced in the second inning (Takahiro Iwamoto). There was a rain delay of about ten minutes in the second inning. He put runners on first and third in the fourth inning, but recorded a strikeout and a fly out to end the inning without allowing a run. He walked a runner with one out in the fifth. The runner made it to second, but no further than that.
[UPDATE 8/11 @ 9:13pm]
Fujinami could get called up for a start on either the 16th or 17th (both against Hiroshima at Kyocera Dome).0 Comments
Shintaro Fujinami developed a fever and was taken to a hospital in Nishinomiya where he was diagnosed with influenza A. He was taken off the active roster.
Hayata Ito was called up to take Fujinami’s spot on the active roster.
[UPDATE 4/18 @ 5:45pm]
Pitching coach Isao Koda told reporters on April 17 that he heard Fujinami’s fever was lower than the day before. The pitcher will continue to rest at home until he is feeling better.
Source: Nikkan Sports 4/18/2017
[UPDATE 4/19 @ 9:55pm]
Fujinami is scheduled to resume practices at the Naruohama facilities on April 20.
Source: Sanspo 4/19/2017
[UPDATE 4/20 @ 9:58pm]
Fujinami resumed practices today. He played some catch and did some running in the morning. He participated in fielding practices in the afternoon.
Source: Daily Sports 4/20/2017
[UPDATE 4/22 @ 4:08pm]
Fujinami worked out at Naruohama on April 22. He threw forty-eight pitches in the bullpen. He told reporters it was a normal session and that he felt fine.0 Comments
Tomoaki Kanemoto is worried about how little Shintaro Fujinami has pitched as a member of Samurai Japan. He has only pitched five innings this month: one inning against the CPBL on March 1 (faced the minimum three hitters), two innings against Orix on March 5 (2 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 2 R), and two innings against WBC China on March 10 (2 IP, 0 H, 4 SO). Kanemoto is still planning to give him a start during the Yakult series that begins on April 4. But that could change depending on what kind of condition Fujinami is in when he returns to Japan.
For now, the first three games of the regular season could go to Randy Messenger, Yuta Iwasada, and Atsushi Nomi.0 Comments
September 16 vs Yokohama at Yokohama Stadium – Fujinami hit the first grand slam of his career in the third inning off Kenjiro Tanaka. He became the seventeenth player in NPB history (accomplished nineteen times) to accomplish the feat, first since Balvino Galvez on August 13, 1999 and first Japanese player since Tsunemi Tsuda on May 13, 1984. He joined Kazuyuki Yamamoto (June 23, 1981) as the only players in Tigers history to accomplished the feat and first to also record a win in the same game.
September 29 vs Chunichi at Nagoya Dome – Fujinami tossed a five-hit shutout. It was the sixth shutout of his career, first since June 2, 2016. He is the fourth Tiger to record a shutout at Nagoya Dome, first since Randy Messenger on September 24, 2016. He also joined Tetsuro Kawajiri as the only Japanese pitchers in Tigers history to toss a shutout at Nagoya Dome.
Fujinami recorded the fiftieth victory of his career and became the first right-handed Tiger drafted out of high school to record fifty wins within their first six seasons in the NPB.
At the plate, Fujinami picked up the first multi-hit game of his career by going 2-for-4 (K, 2B8 one RBI, K, 1B9).
Fujinami has been giving Baby Star Ramen snacks to his former high school team (Osaka Toin) since 2016. He gave them about 600 bags in 2016, around 750 in 2017, and roughly 780 bags in 2018. Fujinami told reporters on February 13, 2019 that he received a letter of gratitude from Oyatsu Company, the company behind Baby Star Ramen.
Fujinami was in Texas for about two weeks in January 2018 to work out with Yu Darvish and Clayton Kershaw. They used the facilities at Highland Park High School in Dallas.
Source: Sponichi 1/24/2018
Fujinami managed to increase his weight to 100 kilograms after the 2017 season for the first time in his career (he gained about four kilograms in two months).
Pushed his weight to ninety-seven kilograms (up six kilograms) during workouts with Yu Darvish in December 2016. Source: Sanspo 12/28/2016
Fujinami has a staff advisory contract with Zett. He asked for a smaller glove after the 2017 season. Zett prepared two sizes: one five millimeters and another ten millimeters smaller than the glove he used in 2017. The color of the glove will also change, from blue-black to black with red laces. Fujinami will be able to test the new gloves during spring camp.
Source: Sponichi 12/29/20170 Comments
Shintaro Fujinami has plans to join Yu Darvish for workouts in Tokyo later this year. A number of other players, including Shohei Otani and Masahiro Tanaka, will also be working out with Darvish.
[UPDATE 11/28 @ 1:23pm]
Rakuten’s Takahiro Norimoto is also scheduled to work out with Darvish this winter.
Source: Sponichi 11/28/2016
[UPDATE 12/11 @ 9:56pm]
Yakult’s Yoshinori Sato and Yomiuri’s Hayato Sakamoto have also worked out with Darvish this winter.
[UPDATE 12/22 @ 10:00pm]
Add another player to the list: Louis Okoye.
Source: Daily Sports 12/22/2016
[UPDATE 12/29 @ 9:41pm]
Yuki Matsui and Tomohiro Anraku also worked out with Darvish in December.
Source: Daily Sports 12/29/2016
[UPDATE 1/2 @ 11:39pm]
Shohei Otani and Kenshi Sugiya worked out with Darvish on January 2.
Source: Sanspo 1/2/2017
[UPDATE 1/4 @ 9:28pm]
Lotte’s Ikuhiro Kiyota worked out with Darvish in December.
Source: Sanspo 1/4/2017
[UPDATE 1/14 @ 6:01pm]
Darvish worked out with twenty-five different players during his stay in Japan this winter.
Source: Sponichi 1/14/2017One Comment
Shintaro Fujinami racked up his 107th strike out of the year during a game against the Hiroshima Carp at Mazda Stadium on July 22. He is just the fifth player drafted out of high school to record 100 or more strikeouts in four or more consecutive seasons, beginning in their first year.