Sato, Yoshinori 由規 (よしのり)
Yakult Swallows | #11 | P
Born: 12/04/1989 (age 30)
Height: 179cm
Weight: 80kg
Bats: L
Throws: R
Blood Type: A
Hometown: Miyagi
Draft: 2007, High School 1st Round
History: 仙台育英高(甲)
Roster Changes: added 07/08/2016, removed 07/09/2016, added 07/23/2016, removed 07/24/2016, added 08/03/2016, removed 08/04/2016, added 08/22/2016, removed 08/23/2016, added 09/05/2016, removed 09/06/2016

[11/15/2018] Rakuten Eagles sign Yoshinori to Ikusei contract

The Rakuten Eagles announced that they reached an agreement with twenty-eight-year-old Yoshinori Sato. Yoshinori will sign an Ikusei contract. His uniform number will be 123.

Source: Rakuten 11/15/2018

[UPDATE 11/29 @ 3:43am]

The Eagles held a press conference for Yoshinori at Rakuten Seimei Park Miyagi on November 28. According to media reports, his salary next season will be an estimated 3.4 million yen.

Source: Rakuten 11/28/2018, Daily Sports 11/28/2018, Sanspo 11/28/2018


Yoshinori Sato: Did You Know


The Yakult Swallows are trying out Mizuno’s MAQ. It is a device that measures ball movement (spin, axis, and velocity). Yoshinori gave the ball a try during a bullpen session on November 6 and hit 2,022 rotations.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/7/2017, Sponichi 11/7/2017


Yoshinori pushed his weight from eighty-five to around ninety kilograms after the 2017 season.

Source: Sanspo 1/22/2018


[4/30/2017] Yoshinori Sato slated to join Ichi-gun practices on May 1

Yoshinori Sato is set to join Ichi-gun pitcher practices on May 1. He made his last start at Ni-gun on six days of rest on April 28 against Yokohama. He threw 106 pitches in a two-hit shutout (nine innings), walk three, struck out ten, and topped out at 152km/h.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/30/2017

[UPDATE 5/2 @ 12:04pm]

Yoshinori joined Ichi-gun practices on May 1. He could get an Ichi-gun start on May 5 against Yokohama at Yokohama.

Source: Daily Sports 5/2/2017


[7/15/2016] Yoshinori Sato slated to get next Ichi-gun start on July 24

Yoshinori Sato is slated to make his second Ichi-gun start of the year on July 24 against Chunichi at Nagoya Dome.

Source: Sanspo 7/15/2016


Injury Update: Yoshinori Sato

This is a brief summary of Yoshinori Sato’s injury history, according to Nikkan Sports.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/10/2016


[7/5/2016] Yakult Swallows add Yoshinori Sato to their seventy-man roster

The Swallows added Ikusei player Yoshinori Sato to their seventy-man roster today. His uniform number will change from 121 to 11.

Yoshinori will most likely get an Ichi-gun start on July 9 against Chunichi at Jingu Stadium. He has not started an Ichi-gun game since September 3, 2011 due to various injuries.

Source: Yakult announcementSponichi 7/5/2016, Nikkan Sports 7/5/2016


[6/28/2016] Yoshinori Sato set to get an Ichi-gun start on July 9

According to a report by Sanspo, Yoshinori Sato is scheduled to start an Ichi-gun game on July 9 against the Chunichi Dragons at Jingu Stadium. It will be his first Ichi-gun start since September 3, 2011.

Source: Sanspo 6/28/2016



[6/24/2016] Yakult Swallows to add Yoshinori Sato to seventy-man roster

The Yakult Swallows will be adding Yoshinori Sato to their seventy-man roster. Senior Director Junji Ogawa gave Yoshinori the good news when he visited him during practices at the Ni-gun facilities in Toda earlier today.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/24/2016

[UPDATE 6/25 @ 7:41am]

Yoshinori is currently scheduled to get another start at Ni-gun on July 3 against Nippon Ham at Kamagaya.

Source: Sanspo 6/25/2016


[6/22/2016] Yoshinori Sato throws ninety-eight pitches over five innings in Ni-gun start

Yoshinori Sato (right shoulder) started a Ni-gun game against Yomiuri at Giants Stadium earlier today and gave up two runs (none earned) on three hits over five innings of work. He faced twenty-three hitters, threw ninety-eight pitches, walked two, struck out eight, and topped out at 151km/h.

Yoshinori retired the side in order in the first and second innings and racked up four strikeouts in the process. He gave up two unearned runs on two hits in the third inning. He walked two in the fourth, but managed to get out of the inning unscathed. He allowed a lead-off hit in the fifth, but did not get into any further trouble.

Source: Tokyo Sports 6/22/2016, Daily Sports 6/22/2016, Nikkan Sports 6/22/2016, Sports Hochi 6/22/2016, Sanspo 6/22/2016

[UPDATE 6/23 @ 10:06pm]

The Swallows were satisfied with Yoshinori’s performance and are planning to add him to their seventy-man roster. He could make the active roster in time for a start during a three-game Chunichi series that begins on July 8.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/23/2016


[6/21/2016] Yoshinori Sato next Ni-gun outing set for June 22

Yoshinori Sato (right shoulder) is scheduled to pitch in a game Ni-gum game against Yomiuri at Giants Stadium on June 22. The Yakult Swallows have until July 31 to add him to their seventy-man roster. Senior Adviser Junji Ogawa, Mitsuru Manaka, and Pitching Coach Shingo Takatsu are expected to be at the game to assess Yoshinori’s progress.

Source: Sponichi 6/21/2016, Sponichi 6/22/2016