Nishi, Yuki 西 勇輝 (にし・ゆうき)
Orix Buffaloes | #21 | P
Born: 11/09/1990 (age 27)
Height: 181cm
Weight: 80kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: B
Hometown: Mie
Draft: 2008, 3rd Round
History: 菰野高(甲)
Roster Changes: added 03/28/2016, removed 08/09/2016, added 08/22/2016, removed 09/28/2016, added 04/01/2017

[5/20/2018] Yuki Nishi earns domestic free agent option

Twenty-seven-year-old Yuki Nishi earned his domestic free agent option after eight years of service time on the active roster.

Source: Sponichi 5/20/2018, Daily Sports 5/20/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/20/2018, Sanspo 5/20/2018


[5/15/2018] Yuki Nishi slated to earn FA option on May 20

Twenty-seven-year-old Yuki Nishi is currently slated to earn his domestic free agent option on May 20 (assuming he remains on the active roster). The Orix Buffaloes are interested in keeping him in Osaka and are planning to show their sincerity by meeting him mid-season. They also want to gauge his interest. They could offer him a multi-year deal during the off-season.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/15/2018, Daily Sports 5/15/2018, Sponichi 5/15/2018


[12/5/2017] Orix Buffaloes hold off on offering Yuki Nishi a multi-year deal

Yuki Nishi agreed to a salary of 120 million yen for the 2018 season (down ten million yen) during contract negotiations on December 4. He was not offered a multi-year deal, even though he is expected to earn his domestic free agent option some time next year. The Orix Buffaloes were apparently thinking of Nishi and did not offer a multi-year deal because they would not be able to put together a very good package based on the numbers he put up this season. The organization is hoping they can talk multi-year deal after Nishi has a solid 2018. However, this could end up working against the Buffaloes next year. It should be noted that Nishi also has an interest in playing in the Majors.

(salary figures are estimates)

Source: Sanspo 12/5/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/5/2017, Sports Hochi 12/5/2017


[8/22/2017] Yuki Nishi leaves after pitching one inning

Yuki Nishi left tonight’s game against the Nippon Ham Fighters at Hotto Motto Kobe after the first inning. A ball hit by Go Matsumoto struck Nishi near his left wrist. He left the field for treatment and was able to return. He struck out Shohei Otani before giving up a two-run home run Sho Nakata. Nishi then hit Brandon Laird and got Taishi Ota to line out to third to end the inning. He was removed from the game after the first.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/22/2017, Sanspo 8/22/2017

[UPDATE 8/23 @ 7:53am]

Nishi was taken to a hospital in Kobe for tests (x-rays, CT scan) and diagnosed with a fracture in his trapezium bone. He will need to keep the hand immobile for around four weeks.

Source: Daily Sports 8/22/2017, Daily Sports 8/22/2017

[UPDATE 9/11 @ 3:51pm]

Nishi is slated to pitch in a Ni-gun batting practice scrimmage today. He tossed seventy pitches in the bullpen on September 9 and felt no discomfort. Depending on how things go, he might be ready to return to the active roster some time next week.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/12/2017

[UPDATE 9/23 @ 1:16pm]

Recent tests revealed that Nishi’s fracture has not completely healed. He is back in a cast.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/23/2017


[8/10/2016] Yuki Nishi taken off active roster

Yuki Nishi (left hip) was examined at a hospital in Kobe on August 10. No serious issues were discovered. He was still taken off the active roster as a precaution and will resume practices at Ni-gun.

Source: Sanspo 8/10/2016, Sports Hochi 8/10/2016


[8/9/2016] Yuki Nishi limited to five innings because of back pain

Yuki Nishi left tonight’s (August 9) game against the Softbank Hawks at Kyocera Dome after five shutout innings because of fairly strong tightness in his left waist (he first started feeling it in the morning). He later told reporters that he thought things could get worse if he continued to pitch and that he would not know the full extent of his condition until tomorrow.

Source: Daily Sports 8/9/2016, Sports Hochi 8/9/2016, Nikkan Sports 8/9/2016, Sponichi 8/9/2016