Tetsuya Utsumi

Tetsuya Utsumi
Utsumi with the Yomiuri Giants
Yomiuri Giants – No. 26
Born: (1982-04-29) April 29, 1982
Kyoto, Japan
Bats: Left Throws: Left
NPB debut
May 25, 2004, for the Yomiuri Giants
NPB statistics
(through 2016 season)
Win-Loss 126-37
ERA 3.09
Strikeouts 1406
Career highlights and awards
Last updated on: 9 November 2009
Tetsuya Utsumi
Medal record
Representing  Japan
Men's Baseball
World Baseball Classic
2009 Los Angeles Team

Tetsuya Utsumi (内海 哲也, Utsumi Tetsuya, born April 29, 1982 in Kyoto, Japan) is a Japanese professional baseball player for the Yomiuri Giants of Nippon Professional Baseball. A left-handed pitcher, Utsumi is one of the better starters in the Yomiuri rotation. In a 2008 preseason exhibition game against the Boston Red Sox, Utsumi struck out 4 out of the 6 Red Sox batters he faced. He had worked for Tokyo Gas from 2000 to 2003.

Pitching style

Utsumi is a "junkball" pitcher, meaning that he does not have overpowering pitches. His fastball is usually in the 140 km/h (87 MPH) range, and he complements it with a slurve, a changeup, and a forkball. Utsumi relies on his control to get batters out, and it is usually pretty good, but when Utsumi misses his spots, that is when trouble finds him, usually in the form of home runs.

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