Yoshihisa Hirano (baseball)

Yoshihisa Hirano
Hirano with the Orix Buffaloes
Arizona Diamondbacks – No. 66
Born: (1984-03-08) March 8, 1984
Kyoto, Japan
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Professional debut
NPB: March 26, 2006, for the Orix Buffaloes
MLB: March 29, 2018, for the Arizona Diamondbacks
NPB statistics
Win–loss record 48–69
Earned run average 3.10
Strikeouts 884
Saves 156
MLB statistics
(through August 30, 2018)
Win–loss record 4–2
Earned run average 2.09
Strikeouts 46
Career highlights and awards


Yoshihisa Hirano (平野 佳寿, Hirano Yoshihisa) (born March 8, 1984) is a Japanese professional baseball pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Orix Buffaloes of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB).

Hirano is a right-handed pitcher with a three-quarters delivery. As a reliever, he throws a fastball topping out at mid-90s and a forkball as his primary pitches.[1]


Orix Buffaloes

The Buffaloes selected him with the first overall selection in the 2005 NPB draft.

Hirano pitched 12 seasons of professional ball in Japan, playing for the Orix Buffaloes of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). He has been a full-time reliever since 2010 and the Buffaloes closer from 2012–2017. In his career, he pitched a total of 156 saves during his time with the Buffaloes.[2]

In the 2014 Nippon Professional Baseball season, Hirano led the Pacific League with 40 saves. He also won NPB’s best middle reliever award in 2011. [3]

During the 2017 season, his last before signing with a Major League Baseball team, the right-handed Hirano saved 29 games and pitched to a 2.67 ERA with 47 strikeouts in 57 1/3 innings.[4]

Arizona Diamondbacks

On December 22, 2017, Hirano agreed to a two-year, $6 million contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks.[5]

International career

Hirano played for the Japanese National Team at the 2017 World Baseball Classic.[6] After advancing to the championship round, Japan lost to the United States 2–1 in the semifinal, finishing the tournament in third place. Hirano earned a bronze medal for his performance in the games.[7]


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