Tomoyuki Sugano: Did You Know

Milestones

May 23, 2017 vs Hanshin at Koshien Stadium – Sugano recorded his fiftieth career victory in his 109th game. Only three other pitchers in franchise history since 1950 have reached fifty victories in fewer games: Koji Uehara in eighty-five games in 2002, Suguru Egawa in ninety-eight games in 1982, and Tsuneo Horiuchi in 108 games in 1969.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/24/2017

September 26, 2017 vs Yakult at Tokyo Dome – Sugano picked up his seventeenth victory of the year and became the first pitcher in the NPB to win seventeen or more games since Masahiro Tanaka won twenty-four in 2013. He is the first pitcher in the Central League to win seventeen or more games since Tetsuya Utsumi and Kazuki Yoshimi each racked up eighteen victories in 2011.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/27/2017


Sugano’s pitches:

  • fastball: topped out at 155km/h on July 28, 2016
  • cutter: mid-130 to 140s, late action, sharp break
  • slider: upper-120 to 130s, big break, swinging strike pitch
  • curveball: 120s “power curve” and 110 curve
  • forkball: mid- to upper-130, swinging strike pitch
  • one-seam: 150-plus, late movement, stopped using it for a while, returned to the pitch this year
  • two-seam: similar to the one-seam, used a lot during his second and third, relied more on one-seam this year
  • change-up: wants another pitch with downward action because forkball was not very effective this year, working on change-up for 2017 season, could still go back to forkball

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/28/2016

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