Saito, Yuki 斎藤 佑樹 (さいとう・ゆうき)
Nippon Ham Fighters | #1 | P
Born: 06/05/1988 (age 31)
Height: 176cm
Weight: 76kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: A
Hometown: Gunma
Draft: 2010, 1st Round
History: 早実高(甲)-早大
Roster Changes: added 05/04/2016, removed 06/29/2016, added 07/12/2016, removed 07/13/2016, removed 07/28/2016, added 07/27/2016, added 09/06/2016, removed 09/14/2016

Yuki Saito: Did You Know



[5/27/2017] Yuki Saito to join Ichi-gun team on May 30

Yuki Saito is set to join the Ichi-gun team on May 30. He has not allowed a run in his last two Ni-gun outings. He could get a start either during the Yokohama series at Sapporo Dome that begins on May 30, or during the Hanshin series at Koshien Stadium that begins on June 2.

Source: Sponichi 5/27/2017



[5/10/2017] Yuki Saito’s Ni-gun outing cut short

Yuki Saito was scheduled to pitch a couple of innings during a Ni-gun game against Rakuten at Kamagaya earlier today. He took the mound in the sixth inning and promptly surrendered a home run to Takumaru Yaoita. He then took a line drive off his right shin/ankle. He temporarily left the field for treatment and returned to finish the inning (1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R), but was replaced in the seventh as a precaution. He told reporters after the game that he was fine.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/10/2017, Sponichi 5/10/2017

[UPDATE 5/12 @ 6:04pm]

Saito did not require a visit to the hospital. There is some swelling and a little internal bleeding on the outer side of his right shin.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/12/2017


[5/3/2017] Yuki Saito gives up three runs in five innings against Ni-gun Yomiuri

Yuki Saito started a Ni-gun game against Yomiuri at Giants Stadium today. He gave up three runs on six hits over five innings of work. He faced twenty-two hitters, walked one, and struck out two.

Saito allowed two runs on three hits (including two doubles) in the first, retired the side in order in the third, gave up a solo home run in the fourth, and put runners on first and second and two out in the fifth (infield single and walk) before getting Kazuma Okamoto to end the inning on a grounder to short.

Source: Sponichi 5/3/2017


[4/26/2017] Yuki Saito gives up seven runs in one inning

Yuki Saito started a Ni-gun game against Rakuten at Kamagaya today. He gave up seven runs on six hits over five innings of work. He faced twenty-four hitters, threw eighty-six pitches, walked/hit three, and struck out five. He struggled in the first inning: he faced ten batters and gave up seven runs on four hits. Two of the hits came in two separate bases loaded situations: a two-run double to Taishi Nakagawa and a grand slam to Tadashi Ishimine.

Source: Daily Sports 4/26/2017, Sponichi 4/26/2017, Sports Hochi 4/26/2017, Tokyo Sports 4/26/2017, Tokyo Sports 4/26/2017


[4/20/2017] Ni-gun game notes for Yuki Saito, Sho Nakata, Taishi Ota

The Ni-gun Nippon Ham Fighters played the Ni-gun Yakult Swallows at Toda earlier today and recorded a 4-1 victory. Of note:

Source: Daily Sports 4/20/2017, Nikkan Sports 4/20/2017, Sports Hochi 4/20/2017, Sports Hochi 4/20/2017, Daily Sports 4/20/2017, Sports Hochi 4/20/2017, Nikkan Sports 4/20/2017


[12/21/2016] Nippon Ham Fighters: uniform number assignments

The Nippon Ham Fighters announced the following uniform number assignments on December 21:

Source: Nippon Ham announcement


[12/20/2016] Yuki Saito to start over with the uniform number 1

Yuki Saito’s uniform number will change from 18 to 1 next year. He met with the Nippon Ham Fighters after the season and told them that he wanted to return his uniform number 18 due to lack of performance. The Fighters in turn offered Saito the uniform number 1 because they want him to remember how things were before he turned pro (he wore the number in high school and college).

Source: Sponichi 12/20/2016


[9/6/2016] Nippon Ham Fighters to add Yuki Saito to active roster

Yuki Saito joined the Ichi-gun team for workouts in Sapporo on August 6. The Nippon Ham Fighters are planning to add Saito to the active roster on September 7. They will most likely him as a long man out of the bullpen.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/6/2016


[7/22/2016] Yuki Saito to get another Ichi-gun start on July 28

Yuki Saito is currently slated to make his next Ichi-gun start on July 28 against the Seibu Lions at Seibu Prince Dome.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/22/2016