Yanagita, Yuki 柳田 悠岐 (やなぎた・ゆうき)
Softbank Hawks | #9 | OF
Born: 10/08/1988 (age 29)
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

[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

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


[9/20/2017] Yuki Yanagita leaves game after hurting right side

Yuki Yanagita he hurt his right side when he fouled off the third pitch of his at bat in the second inning of tonight’s game against the Nippon Ham Fighters at Sapporo Dome. He finished out the at bat (he went to a full count and may have made things worse when he struck out on a full swing) and was removed on defense in the bottom-half of the inning.

Yanagita will be taken to the hospital for tests tomorrow.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/20/2017Nikkan Sports 9/20/2017, Tokyo Sports 9/20/2017


[7/7/2017] Yuki Yanagita leaves game early after fouling pitch off knee

Yuki Yanagita fouled a pitch off his right knee during his at bat in the fifth inning against the Nippon Ham Fighters at Sapporo Dome on July 7. He remained in the game to finish the at bat, but was replaced on defense in the bottom-half of the inning as a precaution.

Yanagita was taken to a hospital in Sapporo for tests and diagnosed with a bruise on his right patella.

Source: Sponichi 7/7/2017, Nikkan Sports 7/7/2017

[UPDATE 7/22 @ 12:43am]

Yanagita was left out of the starting line-up against the Chiba Lotte Marines at YafuOku Dome on July 21 because he still feels some pain in his right knee. He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Tokyo Sports 7/21/2017, Nikkan Sports 7/21/2017


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

Central League


Hitoki Iwase, Chunichi (Second Time)
14 G, 1-0, 1 Sv, 10 HD, 11.2 IP, 0.00 ERA, 11 SO, 0 ER

Iwase won the MVP of the Month Award for the second time during his career. He won his first award in April 2005. He pitched in fourteen games in June and did not allow any runs to score. He led the league with ten holds and he picked up a save against Yomiuri at Tokyo Dome on June 23. The save was his first in three years. A Chunichi player has now won an MVP of the Month award three months straight. Iwase is the first Chunichi pitcher to win the award since Shunta Wakamatsu in August 2015.


Yoshihiro Maru, Hiroshima (First Time)
21 G, .402 AVG, 33 H, 6 HR, 22 RBI

Maru won the award for the first time in his ten-year career. He played in all his teams games in the month of June. He led the league in batting average, hits, and RBI. He blasted home runs in three consecutive plate appearances on June 16 against Softbank at Mazda Stadium. Maru is the first Hiroshima player to win the award since Ryosuke Kikuchi in August 2016.

Pacific League


Ken Togame, Seibu (First Time)
4 G, 3-0, 23.1 IP, 3.09 ERA, 18 SO, 8 ER

Togame pitched in four games in June. His three wins as a started was tied for most in the league. He gave up two runs over six innings against Hiroshima on June 1 and Yomiuri June 8. He did not record a decision when he gave up two runs over 5.1 innings against Hanshin on June 15. He allowed two runs over six innings and picked up his third win of the month on June 24 against Softbank. A Seibu player has won the award seventy-one ties, tied for most in the league with Orix and Nippon Ham.


Yuki Yanagita, Softbank (Fourth Time)
23 G, .363 AVG, 29 H, 12 HR, 31 RBI, 2 SB

Yanagita batted third and fourth and played in all twenty-three of his team’s games. He led the league in home runs, RBI, R, TB (72), SLG (.900), OBP (.480), RISP (.500). Yanagita won the award in May 2014, August 2015, and September 2015.

Source: NPB 7/7/2017


[6/23/2017] 2017 NPB Inter-league Awards

Winners of the 2017 NPB Inter-league Awards were released by the NPB today.

Most Valuable Player Award

Yuki Yanagita (Softbank)
16 G, .338 BA, 24 H (5th tie), 7 HR (2nd tie), 23 RBI (1st), .415 OBP, .565 RISP (1st tie)
He led all players with twenty-three RBI. This was the second time he won the award.

Nihon Seimei Award

Go Matsumoto (Nippon Ham)
17 G, .396 BA (2nd), 21 H, 0 HR, 5 RBI, .439 OBP (2nd), .462 (4th tie)
He started getting more regular playing time after he recorded a pinch-hit two-run double in the ninth inning of a game against Hanshin at Koshien Stadium on June 2.

Yoshihiro Maru (Hiroshima)
18 G, .411 BA (1st), 30 H (1st), 5 HR, 18 RBI (2nd), .469 OBP (1st), .565 RISP (1st tie)
He led the league in batting average, hits, and on base percentage.

Source: NPB 6/23/2017