Fujikawa, Kyuji 藤川 球児 (ふじかわ・きゅうじ)
Hanshin Tigers | #22 | P
Born: 07/20/1980 (age 39)
Height: 185cm
Weight: 86kg
Bats: L
Throws: R
Blood Type: A
Hometown: Kochi
Draft: 1998, 1st Round
History: 高知商高(甲)-阪神-カブス-レンジャーズ-四国ILplus・高知
Roster Changes: removed 04/13/2016, added 04/29/2016, removed 09/19/2016

[9/24/2018] Kyuji Fujikawa taken off active roster with elbow pain

Kyuji Fujikawa was taken off the active roster today with pain in his right elbow. The Hanshin Tigers are taking a wait-and-see approach before deciding what step to take next.

Source: Sanspo 9/24/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/24/2018, Sponichi 9/24/2018, Daily Sports 9/24/2018, Tokyo Sports 9/24/2018


Kyuji Fujikawa: Did You Know



July 21 vs Yokohama at Yokohama Stadium – Toshiro Miyazaki’s strikeout in the seventh inning became Fujikawa’s 1,000th strikeout in relief (1,093rd overall). Fujikawa is the first reliever in Tigers history to record 1,000 strikeouts.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/22/2018

September 1  vs Yokohama at Koshien Stadium – Fujikawa pitched in his 700th game and became the sixteenth player in NPB history to reach the milestone.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/1/2018

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[12/12/2017] Kyuji Fujikawa signs new one-year deal

Thirty-seven-year-old Kyuji Fujikawa finished the second year of a two-year deal this season. Earlier today, he agreed to a new one-year contract worth an estimated 200 million yen* (no change from this season).

Fujikawa pitched in fifty-two games this season and compiled a 2.22 ERA and 1.15 WHIP over 56.2 innings of work.

* or 150 million yen (no change) depending on the source.

Source: Nikkan Sports 12/12/2017, Tokyo Sports 12/12/2017, Sponichi 12/12/2017, Daily Sports 12/12/2017


[11/18/2017] Hanshin could offer Kyuji Fujikawa a new multi-year deal

Thirty-seven-year-old Kyuji Fujikawa finished out the second year of a two-year deal this season. The Hanshin Tigers met Fujikawa at the end of the season and told him he was an important part of their team. Sanspo is reporting that the Tigers might be getting ready to offer the veteran a new multi-year contract (possibly two years).

Source: Sanspo 11/17/2017


[7/27/2017] Kyuji Fujikawa misses pre-game practices

Kyuji Fujikawa did not participate in pre-game practices on July 27 because of a fever due to tonsillitis. He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Daily Sports 7/27/2017


[4/28/2017] Kyuji Fujikawa leaves after deflecting ball with hand

Kyuji Fujikawa left tonight’s game against Chunichi after he took a batted ball off his right hand.

Yohei Oshima lead-off the ninth inning by hitting a ball back up the middle. Fujikawa reacted by sticking out his right hand. The ball struck the hand and bounced toward Fumiya Hojo at short. Hojo fielded the ball and just got Oshima out at first.

Fujikawa left the field for treatment but did not return.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/28/2017


[11/17/2016] Hanshin Tigers: uniform number changes

The Hanshin Tigers announced four uniform number changes today.

Source: Hanshin announcement


[9/22/2016] Kyuji Fujikawa will most likely be used solely as a reliever next year

Pitching Coach Satoru Kanemura told reporters on September 21 that Kyuji Fujikawa might be best suited as a reliever or closer because of his fastball.

The Hanshin Tigers asked Fujikawa to prepare for this season as a starting pitcher. But he struggled and was moved to the bullpen after he went 1-2 in five starts with a 6.12 ERA. As the season progressed, he fastball improved, but he still had control issues with his off-speed pitches, particularly his forkball.

Fujikawa was taken off the active roster on September 20. He will remain with the Ichi-gun team until the end of the regular season.

Source: Sponichi 9/22/2016, Nikkan Sports 9/22/2016, Daily Sports 9/22/2016


[5/17/2016] Kyuji Fujikawa will most likely remain in the bullpen

There are currently no plans to move Kyuji Fujikawa back to the starting rotation. When pitching coach Isao Koda was asked about the possibility of Fujikawa returning to the rotation on May 16, he said it was possible, since it was something he started out doing this year, but wondered if it was the best thing to do. He then said that unless the team needed a starter, he would rather see the thirty-five-year-old keep his current role since bouncing back and forth was not a good thing.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/17/2016


[5/11/2016] Kyuji Fujikawa to shift to the bullpen

There was a report about Kyuji Fujikawa possibly getting a start on April 15 against Chunichi at Koshien, but more recent articles seem to indicate an assignment to the bullpen for an indefinite amount of time.

Source: Daily Sports 5/11/2016, Daily Sports 5/11/2016, Tokyo Sports 5/11/2016