Sugano, Tomoyuki 菅野 智之 (すがの・ともゆき)
Yomiuri Giants | #19 | P
Born: 10/10/1989 (age 30)
Height: 186cm
Weight: 92kg
Bats: R
Throws: R
Blood Type: A
Hometown: Kanagawa
Draft: 2012, 1st Round
History: 東海大相模高-東海大
Roster Changes: removed 08/05/2016, added 08/15/2016

[11/1/2018] Tomoyuki Sugano to have tonsils removed

The Yomiuri Giants announced that Tomoyuki Sugano will have surgery to remove his tonsils some time during November. Sugano decided to have the surgery in October.

Source: Daily Sports 11/1/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/1/2018, Sponichi 11/1/2018

[UPDATE 11/14 @ 11:09pm]

The Giants announced that Sugano had surgery to remove his tonsils at a hospital in Tokyo today. There were no complications.

Source: Yomiuri 11/14/2018


[10/29/2018] Tomoyuki Sugano wins Sawamura Award for second year in a row

The NPB and the Yomiuri Giants announced today that Tomoyuki Sugano was selected for the 2018 Sawamura Award. The award selection committee met in Tokyo on October 29 and needed just about ten minutes to make their selections. Sugano was a unanimous pick as he qualified in all categories for the award.

Sugano joins Shigeru Sugishita (1951, 1952), Masaichi Kaneda (1956-1958), Minoru Murayama (1965, 1966), and Masaki Saito (1995, 1966) as the only players in NPB history to win the award in two or more consecutive seasons. He also became the eighth winner to qualify in all seven categories.

Selection Committee: Tsuneo Horiuchi (chairman), Masaji Hiramatsu, Choji Murata, Manabu Kitabeppu, and Hisashi Yamada.

Source: NPB 10/29/2018, Yomiuri 10/29/2018, Tokyo Sports 10/29/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/29/2018, Sponichi 10/29/2018, Daily Sports 10/29/2018, Sports Hochi 10/29/2018

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[10/30/2017] Tomoyuki Sugano wins Sawamura Award

The NPB announced today that a selection committee decided to give Tomoyuki Sugano a Sawamura Award for his performance this year. Yusei Kikuchi was also considered, but the committee went with Sugano because they unanimously felt he put together a better overall season.

Category Sugano Kikuchi
15 or more wins 17 W 16 W
150 or more strikeouts 171 SO 217 SO
10 or more complete games 6 CG 6 CG
2.50 or better ERA 1.59 ERA 1.97 ERA
200 or more innings pitched 187.1 IP 187.2 IP
25 or more games 25 G 26 G
.600 or better winning percentage .773 WPCT .727 WPCT

The committee is planning to take quality starts into consideration next year, particularly since fewer pitchers have been able to reach ten complete games and 200 innings over the last few seasons.

Selection Committee: Tsuneo Horiuchi (chairman), Masaji Hiramatsu, Choji Murata, Manabu Kitabeppu, and Hisashi Yamada.

Source: NPB 10/30/2017, Daily Sports 10/30/2017, Sponichi 10/30/2017, Sponichi 10/30/2017, Sponichi 10/30/2017, Nikkan Sports 10/30/2017, Nikkan Sports 10//30/2017


[10/17/2017] Nihon Seimei MVP of the Month Awards for September/October

Central League


Tomoyuki Sugano, Yomiuri (Fifth Time)
5 G, 4-0, 38.0 IP, 0.47 ERA, 26 SO, 2 ER, 2 CG, 1 ShO

Sugano notched his third MVP of the Month this season. He led the league in wins (tied with Joe Wieland) and ERA in September/October. He recorded two complete games, including a shutout, in five starts. He allowed earned runs in only one start. The five MVP of the Month awards ties the Yomiuri record for pitchers set by Masaki Saito. The three MVP of the Month awards in one season ties the league record for pitchers set by Masahiro Yamamoto in 1993.


Ryuhei Matsuyama, Hiroshima (First Time)
20 G, .408 AVG, 29 H, 5 HR, 23 RBI

Matsuyama batted clean-up in twenty September/October games. He led the league in hits and posted a .480 batting average with runners in scoring position. He helped the team put together a 16-5 record in September/October.

Pacific League


Yusei Kikuchi, Seibu (FirstTime)
4 G, 3-0, 31.0 IP, 0.29 ERA, 1 ShO, 37 SO, 1 ER

Kikuchi pitched in four games in September/October and went 3-0 with a shutout. He led the league with a 0.29 ERA. He tossed a four-hit shutout with ten strikeouts against Lotte on September 7, allowed a run (unearned) on four hits and struck out eleven over eight innings against Rakuten on September 14, pitched sixth shutout innings against Lotte on September 21, and gave up three runs (one earned) over eight innings against Rakuten on October 3.


Hotaka Yamakawa, Seibu (Second Time)
25 G, .326 AVG, 30 H, 10 HR, 19 RBI

Yamakawa played in twenty-five games in September/October and led the league in home runs, runs (19), total bases (68), and slugging percentage (.739). He recorded multiple hits in ten games and two or more RBI in six games. He is the fourth player in league history to win MVP of the Month awards for two consecutive months. The other three: Doug Jennings (July and August 1995), Ichiro (June and July 1998), and Yuki Yanagita (August and September 2015).

Source: NPB 10/17/2017


[10/16/2017] Sugano to be named next Giants Chief Player Rep

According to a report at Sponichi, Tomoyuki Sugano is in line to become the Yomiuri Giants’ next Chief Player Representative. Hisayoshi Chono, current chief player representative since last year, told reporters he could think of no one other than Sugano for the job.

Source: Sponichi 10/16/2017


[8/25/2017] Tomoyuki Sugano scratched from start

Tomoyuki Sugano was scratched from a start against the Hanshin Tigers at Tokyo Dome on August 26. Sugano was tabbed for the start, but Tappei Tanioka was officially announced as the starter today.

Source: Daily Sports 8/25/2017, Nikkan Sports 8/25/2017

[UPDATE 8/26 @ 12:14am]

Sugano ended his workouts early on August 25 because he was not feeling well. He was scratched from his start on August 26 for the season reason.

Source: Sponichi 8/25/2017

[UPDATE 8/27 @ 5:16pm]

Sugano participated in practices as usual on August 26. He is not expected to miss his next start.

Source: Sponichi 8/27/2017


[8/8/2017] Nihon Seimei MVP of the Month Awards for July

Central League


Tomoyuki Sugano, Yomiuri (Fourth Time)
4 G, 4-0, 29.0 IP, 0.31 ERA, 30 SO, 1 ER

Sugano won the MVP of the Month Award for the second time this year (May and July). He led the league with four wins and a 0.31 ERA in July. He won all four of his starts. Sugano is the first Yomiuri pitcher to win two MVP of the Month Awards in one season since Masaki Saito in 1990 (May and July).


Masayuki Kuwahara, Yokohama (First Time)
21 G, .389 AVG, 35 H, 6 HR, 14 RBI, 2 SB

Kuwahara batted first in every game in July and led the league with a .389 batting average. He recorded a hit in seventeen of the twenty-one games he played. Of the seventeen, thirteen were multi-hit games; of the thirteen, five were modashos. He also led the league in on base percentage (.439) and his seventeen runs scored was good for a second place tie with two other players. On July 1, he recorded a lead-off home run and a come-from-behind grand slam in the ninth. Kuwahara is the first Yokohama player to win the award since Jose Lopez later year (September).

Pacific League


Nao Higashihama, Softbank (First Time)
3 G, 3-0, 20.1 IP, 1.33 ERA, 13 SO, 3 ER

Higashihama pitched in three games in July and led the league in wins (tied with five others). He gave up a run on four hits over 5.1 innings against Nippon Ham on July 7; a run on five hits over 7.2 innings against Seibu on July 17; and a run on five hits over 7.1 innings against Rakuten on July 27.


Shogo Akiyama, Seibu (Third Time)
23 G, .351 AVG, 33 H, 3 HR, 19 RBI, 2 SB

Akiyama batted lead-off in all twenty-three of his team’s games in July. He led the league in hits (33), RBI (19), and total bases (52). His sixteen runs scored was tied for most with two other players. He recorded three hits and four RBI on July 6 against Nippon Ham, July 11 against Lotte, and July 23 against Nippon Ham. He also recorded four hits and two RBI against Orix on July 25. He put together an eleven-game hitting streak between July 18 and 30. Akiyama won the MVP of the Month Award two other times, both in 2015 (March/April and June). This is the seventy-second time a Seibu player won the award, most in the league.

Source: NPB 8/8/2017


[6/7/2017] Nihon Seimei MVP of the Month Awards for May

Central League


Tomoyuki Sugano, Yomiuri (Third Time)
5 G, 3-2, 37.0 IP, 2.68 ERA, 31 SO, 11 ER

Sugano led the league with three victories (tied with two others). The three victories were a shutout, one run over eight innings, and seven shutout innings. He recorded the shutout win on May 2 against Yokohama at Tokyo Dome and became the first pitcher since Masaki Saito in 1989 to string together three shutout victories in a row. He also notched his fiftieth career victory during the win he recorded when he gave up a run over eight innings. Sugano is the first Yomiuri pitcher to record an MVP of the Month since Kazuto Taguchi in July 2016.


Dayan Viciedo, Chunichi (Second Time)
25 G, .341 AVG, 30 H, 8 HR, 25 RBI

Viciedo played in all his team’s games in May and batted .341 (fourth in the league) with eight home runs (third) and twenty-five RBI (first). His seven shukunda’s (hits that drove in the first run of the game, game-tying run, go-ahead run, come-from-behind run) were good for a first place tie. He blasted a walk-off home run against Hiroshima on May 19. Teammate Yohei Oshima won the MVP of the Month last month.

Pacific League


Takahiro Norimoto, Rakuten (Second Time)
4 G, 4-0, 32.0 IP, 2.25 ERA, 1 CG, 1 ShO, 46 SO, 8 ER

Norimoto started four games in May and led the league with four victories (tied with one other). He tossed a shutout victory against Lotte on May 10 (12 SO, 5 H, 1 BB). He struck out twelve against Orix on May 3 and Nippon Ham on May 17 and ten against Orix on May 25. Including the last four games he pitched in April (ten against Seibu on the 19th and ten against Lotte on the 26th), he recorded ten or more strikeouts in six consecutive starts.


Brandon Laird, Nippon Ham (Second Time)
23 G, .333 AVG, 27 H, 10 HR, 27 RBI

Laird batted fifth in all of his team’s games in May. He led the league in slugging (.753), RBI (twenty-seven), and home runs (ten, tied with two others) and his sixty-one totals bases were second most in the league. His team won all seven games in which he drove two or more runs. He blasted home runs in four consecutive at bats spanning two games on May 12 and 13.

Nippon Ham players have now won the award seventy-one times, tied for most in league history with Orix.

Source: NPB 6/7/2017


[3/27/2017] Yomiuri Giants opening day start: Sugano out, Mikolas in

Yoshinobu Takahashi told people at a team gathering earlier today that Miles Mikolas will start the home opener on March 31 and Tomoyuki Sugano the road opener on April 4. Takahashi decided to make the change because Sugano participated in the World Baseball Classic.

Mikolas was in the United States for the birth of his first child. He returned to Japan on March 26. He rejoined the team today for Ichi-gun practices at Tokyo Dome and tossed a bullpen session.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/27/2017, Nikkan Sports 3/27/2017, Daily Sports 3/27/2017, Sponichi 3/27/2017

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[3/26/2017] Tomoyuki Sugano could be replaced as opening day starter

Tomoyuki Sugano is still slated to get the opening day start on March 31, but could be replaced if he needs a little more time to rest (not just physically, but also mentally and emotionally) after participating in the World Baseball Classic. If he is replaced, his first start of the regular season will most likely be pushed back to the Yokohama at Yokohama series that begins on April 4.

Source: Sanspo 3/26/2017, Sponichi 3/26/2017