Yoshimi, Kazuki 吉見 一起 (よしみ・かずき)
Chunichi Dragons | #19 | P
Born: 09/18/1984 (age 35)
Height: 182cm
Weight: 91kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: A
Hometown: Kyoto
Draft: 2005, Kibo-waku
History: 金光大阪高(甲)-トヨタ自動車
Roster Changes: added 04/08/2016, removed 04/09/2016, added 04/22/2016, removed 04/23/2016, added 05/03/2016, removed 05/04/2016, added 05/14/2016, removed 07/10/2016, added 07/22/2016, added 04/01/2017

[11/25/2018] Kazuki Yoshimi signs two-year contract

Thirty-four-year-old Kazuki Yoshimi considered using the domestic free agent option he earned this season, but ultimately opted to stay with the Chunichi Dragons after multiple discussions with team officials. He spoke to the press on November 25 after formally signing a new contract. According to various reports, Yoshimi may have agreed to a two-year deal worth an estimated 180 million yen.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/25/2018, Sports Hochi 11/25/2018, Sanspo 11/25/2018


[6/20/2018] Kazuki Yoshimi earns domestic FA option

Thirty-three-year-old Kazuki Yoshimi earned his domestic free agent option today with eight years of service time on the active roster. Yoshimi told reporters he was not planning to exercise the option.

Source: Daily Sports 6/20/2018, Sports Hochi 6/20/2018, Sanspo 6/20/2018


[8/29/2017] Kazuki Yoshimi having problems with his lower back

Kazuki Yoshimi started having problems with his lower back during a start against the Yomiuri Giants on August 22. The back was apparently still causing him some problems during his start against the Yokohama Bay Stars tonight. The Chunichi Dragons are expected to take Yoshimi off the active roster tomorrow.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/29/2017


Kazuki Yoshimi: Did You Know

Yoshimi has served up two grand slams over his career:

Source: Sponichi 8/29/2017


[7/18/2017] Kazuki Yoshimi leaves start with toe blister

Kazuki Yoshimi left the mound for treatment against the Yomiuri Giants at Nagoya Dome on July 18 after he walked Daikan Yoh with a runner on second and two out in the sixth inning. He did not return and was replaced by Ryuya Ogawa.

The media later learned Yoshimi was taken out of the game because of a painful blister on his right big toe. He is not expected to miss his next start.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/18/2017


[8/30/2016] Kazuki Yoshimi could finish the year with three straight starts against the Giants

Kazuki Yoshimi is set to start Wednesday’s game against the Hanshin Tigers. His last three starts were on a Tuesday. He was given an extra day of rest and his next start will come on a Wednesday. The change in schedule will give Yoshimi one start against the Hiroshima Carp (September 7) and three starts against the Yomiuri Giants (September 14, 21, 28) next month.

Against the Giants this year: 3 G, 1-1, 21.0 IP, 17 H, 13 SO, 3 BB, 1.29 ERA, 0.95 WHIP.

Source: Sponichi 8/30/2016


[5/23/2016] Kazuki Yoshimi shifting to starts on six days of rest

Kazuki Yoshimi had surgery on his right elbow for the fifth time in his career last fall. He got at least ten days of rest for his first four starts of the season out of concern for the elbow, but on Sunday, he took the mound against the Yomiuri Giants on six days of rest. He threw eighty-two pitches over five innings and picked up his first win since May 9, 2015. Assuming no issues, he will most likely shift over to a schedule of starts on six days of rest.

Source: Sponichi 5/23/2016


[4/4/2016] Hitoki Iwase and Kazuki Yoshimi injury updates

Hitoki Iwase and Kazuki Yoshimi joined the Ichi-gun team for workouts at Nagoya Dome on April 4.

Iwase is looking to make his first Ichi-gun appearance since August 6, 2014. He told reporters he felt good and was able to throw. He could be added to the active roster on April 5.

Yoshimi had surgery on his right elbow in October last year. He told head coach Shigekazu Mori that he was ready to play. He could start an Ichi-gun game at Nagoya Dome on either April 9 or 10 (both games against the Giants).

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/4/2016, Tokyo Sports 4/4/2016, Sports Hochi 4/4/2016