Yanagita, Yuki 柳田 悠岐 (やなぎた・ゆうき)
Softbank Hawks | #9 | OF
Born: 10/08/1988 (age 30)
Height: 188cm
Weight: 93kg
Bats: L
Throws: R
Blood Type: AB
Hometown: Hiroshima
Draft: 2010, 2nd Round
History: 広島商高-広島経大
Roster Changes: removed 09/01/2016, added 10/07/2016

[2/15/2019] Yuki Yanagita suffers mild leg injury

Yuki Yanagita developed discomfort in the back of his right thigh while running during workouts on February 14. He was examined at a hospital in Miyazaki and diagnosed with a mild injury to his right external hit rotator. His workouts will be adjusted over the next two to three days. Assuming everything goes smoothly, he could return to regular workouts on February 19.

Source: Sanspo 2/15/2019, Daily Sports 2/15/2019, Sports Hochi 2/15/2019, Sponichi 2/15/2019, Nikkan Sports 2/15/2019


[9/17/2018] Yuki Yanagita taken off active roster with possible concussion

Yuki Yanagita was hit by a batted ball on the left side of his head while stretching during pre-game workouts on September 16 (Seibu’s Takumi Kuriyama was taking batting practice). He did not lose consciousness and was immediately taken to a hospital in Tokorozawa, Saitama for tests. No abnormalities were discovered at the time and he was diagnosed with a bruise.

Yanagita was taken off the active roster today after a follow-up evaluation pointed to a possible concussion.

Source: Daily Sports 9/16/2018, Sports Hochi 9/16/2018, Sports Hochi 9/16/2018, Sports Hochi 9/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/17/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/17/2018, Tokyo Sports 9/17/2018, Sponichi 9/16/2018, Sponichi 9/17/2018, Sanspo 9/17/2018


[8/10/2018] Yuki Yanagita earns domestic FA option

Yuki Yanagita earned his domestic free agent option with seven years of service time on the active roster. He is currently in the first year of a three-year deal.

Source: Sponichi 8/10/2018, Sanspo 8/10/2018


[7/26/2018] Yuki Yanagita slowed by cervical sprain

Yuki Yanagita slept on his neck wrong while the Softbank Hawks were on the road against the Nippon Ham Fighters (July 20-22). Things got worse during a Chiba Lotte Marines game on July 24. He was examined at a hospital in Fukuoka on July 25 and diagnosed with a mild cervical sprain. He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Sports Hochi 7/26/2018, Sponichi 7/26/2018


[6/11/2018] Yuki Yanagita’s right leg not 100 percent

Yuki Yanagita tweaked his right thigh during a game against the Chunichi Dragons on June 8. The Softbank Hawks are giving him starts in left (instead of center) in an attempt to lessen the strain on his leg.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/11/2018, Sports Hochi 6/11/2018, Daily Sports 6/11/2018


[4/21/2018] Yuki Yanagita hits for the cycle

Yuki Yanagita hit for the cycle (home run in the first, single in the fourth, double in the fifth, and triple in the eighth) during a game against the Nippon Ham Fighters at Sapporo Dome on April 21. Sixty-five players have now hit for the cycle seventy times in NPB history (thirty-two players and thirty-three times in the Pacific League). Yanagita is the first player in the NPB to hit for the cycle since Kosuke Fukudome on July 30, 2016; the first in the Pacific League since Julio Zuleta on September 22, 2007; and the first Hawk since Arihito Muramatsu on July 1, 2003.

Other facts:

Source: Daily Sports 4/21/2018, Daily Sports 4/21/2018, Sponichi 4/21/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/21/2018, Nikkan Sports 4/22/2018, Sponichi 4/22/2018


[3/16/2018] Yuki Yanagita leaves game with some tightness in right side

Yuki Yanagita was pulled on defense in the fifth of an exhibition game against the Yomiuri Giants on March 15 because of some tightness in his right side. His condition is not considered serious. He is expected to remain with the Softbank Hawks when they begin a road stretch in Kanto on March 17.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/16/2018, Sponichi 3/16/2018


[12/23/2017] Softbank Hawks: Yuki Yanagita signs three-year deal

Twenty-nine-year-old Yuki Yanagita is slated to earn his domestic free agent option some time next season. He reached an agreement on a three-year contract with the Softbank Hawks that will be worth an estimated 400 million yen (up 1.4 million yen from this year) plus incentives in 2018.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/23/2017, Sponichi 12/23/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/23/2017, Tokyo Sports 12/23/2017

[UPDATE 12/24 @ 2:22pm]

There are some reports pointing to an estimated salary of 550 million yen plus incentives and a total contract that could be worth up to around two billion yen.

Assuming no major injuries, Yanagita could earn his international free agent option in 2020 (the last year of this current contract).

Source: Daily Sports 12/24/2017

[UPDATE 1/11/2018 @ 3:13pm]

Yanagita may have been offered up to five years, but went with three years because he is interested in exercising his international free agent option. He has apparently been asking the Hawks to change their stance on allowing players to go to the Majors through the posting system.

Source: Tokyo Sports 1/11/2018


[12/1/2017] Yuki Yanagita takes over as new Hawks chief player rep

Yuki Yanagita was officially named the new Softbank Hawks chief player representative during a meeting at a hotel in Kumamoto on November 30. He will be taking over for Yuya Hasegawa.

Source: Daily Sports 12/1/2017


Yuki Yanagita: Did You Know



Yanagita tossed a bullpen session during fall camp on November 16. He threw seven to eight pitches at 144km/h with 2,300 revolutions. He jokingly told Kimiyasu Kudo he could pitch in relief with at least six days of rest in between each appearance.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/16/2017



May 16 vs Rakuten at Rakuten Seimei – Yanagita extended his hitting streak to twenty games. The longest hitting streak of his career is twenty-one games, set between May and June of 2017. He joined Michiyo Arito (twenty-one in 1970, twenty in 1971), Koji Minoda (twenty-one in 1979 and 1980), Ichiro (twenty-two in 1999 and 2000), and Alex Cabrera (twenty-one in 2001 and twenty in 2002) to record hitting streaks of at least twenty games in back-to-back seasons.

Yanagita also safely reached base in his twenty-seventh straight game.

Source: Daily Sports 5/16/2018, Sponichi 5/16/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/17/2018

May 17 vs Rakuten at Rakuten Seimei – Yanagita fell a home run short of becoming the first player in NPB history to record two cycles in one season (double in the first, triple in the third, single in the fifth). He also tied a career high by pushing his hitting streak to twenty-one games. The Hawks franchise record of twenty-eight was set by Tony Bernazard in 1988; the Pacific League record of thirty-two was set by Tokuji Nagaike in 1971; and the NPB record of thirty-three was set by Yoshihiko Takahashi in 1979.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/17/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/17/2018, Sponichi 5/17/2018, Sanspo 5/18/2018

May 18 vs Lotte at ZOZO Marine – Yanagita extended his hitting streak to twenty-two games by going 1-for-4. He recorded the hit in his first at bat in the first inning.

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

October 5 vs Orix at Kyocera Dome – Yanagita blasted the 150th home run of his career (fourth inning, off Daiki Tomei) and became the 170th player in NPB history to reach the milestone.

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

Charitable Work


Yanagita will donate 300,000 yen to SOS Kodomo-no Mura Japan (SOS Children’s Villages Japan) for every home run he hits in 2018 (regular season and post-season).

Source: Softbank 3/29/3018, SOS Japan 3/29/2018, Sponichi 3/30/2018

Yanagita hit thirty-six home runs during the regular season, two during the Climax Series, and one during the Nippon Series in 2018. He donated 11.7 million yen to SOS.

Source: Sponichi 12/24/2018, Sanspo 12/24/2018, Nikkan Sports 12/24/2018, Daily Sports 12/24/2018



December 21 – Yanagita will be in the second year of a three-year contract in 2019. The media learned that his three-year contract was worth an estimated 500 million yen this season and will change based on performance. His salary in 2019 will be worth an estimated 570 million yen plus incentives.

Yanagita is now the highest paid Japanese player in Softbank Hawks history.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/21/2018, Sponichi 12/21/2018, Tokyo Sports 12/21/2018, Tokyo Sports 12/21/2018

MLB Dreams


January 6 – Yanagita was approached by the Red Sox when he was a senior in college.

Source: Sponichi 1/6/2019