Rise and Fall of Kosuke Fukudome

Kosuke Fukudome

Kosuke Fukudome came into the league in 2008 for the Chicago Cubs (CHN) and actually played for the All Star team that year. The Cubs must have liked his Japan Central League numbers and gambled on him being able to hit MLB pitching. He had a good first half 2008 to make him an all star but floundered towards the end of the season to post an average 0.1 WAA. MLB pitchers must have found his weakness because he kept getting worse every year thereafter. He went from posting a colossal 11.4 for jcl in 2006 to being washed out of MLB more or less in 2011.   You can really see his trend following the WAA figure from year to year.

Although the Cubs didn’t have this data model but probably had their own of some kind, they clearly hoped for perhaps 1/2 his 2006 season in the transfer which would have made him a very valuable player for their team.

Note: I don’t have data on jcl for seasons before 1999.

Year WAA BA/IP OBP/ERA PA/G RBI/W R/L Name_Tm BAT/PITCH
1999 0.8 0.284 0.359 526 52 76 Kosuke_Fukudome_Chunichi_Dragons_XYZ_jcl BAT
2000 1.2 0.253 0.350 368 42 50 Kosuke_Fukudome_Chunichi_Dragons_XYZ_jcl BAT
2001 1.3 0.251 0.352 442 56 51 Kosuke_Fukudome_Chunichi_Dragons_XYZ_jcl BAT
2002 2.9 0.343 0.406 608 65 85 Kosuke_Fukudome_Chunichi_Dragons_XYZ_jcl BAT
2003 6.6 0.313 0.401 617 96 107 Kosuke_Fukudome_Chunichi_Dragons_XYZ_jcl BAT
2004 5.0 0.277 0.367 404 81 61 Kosuke_Fukudome_Chunichi_Dragons_XYZ_jcl BAT
2005 7.4 0.328 0.430 612 103 102 Kosuke_Fukudome_Chunichi_Dragons_XYZ_jcl BAT
2006 11.0 0.351 0.438 578 104 117 Kosuke_Fukudome_Chunichi_Dragons_XYZ_jcl BAT
2007 4.3 0.294 0.443 348 48 64 Kosuke_Fukudome_Chunichi_Dragons_XYZ_jcl BAT
2008 0.1 0.257 0.359 590 58 79 Kosuke_Fukudome_CHN BAT
2009 -0.9 0.259 0.375 603 54 79 Kosuke_Fukudome_CHN BAT
2010 -0.9 0.263 0.371 429 44 45 Kosuke_Fukudome_CHN BAT
2011 -3.3 0.273 0.374 345 13 33 Kosuke_Fukudome_CHN BAT
2011 -1.0 0.249 0.300 258 22 26 Kosuke_Fukudome_CLE BAT
2012 -0.8 0.264 0.429 182 16 17 Kosuke_Fukudome_Charlotte_Knights_CHA_int BAT
2012 -0.7 0.264 0.429 182 16 17 Kosuke_Fukudome_Scranton/Wilkes-Barre_Yankees_NYA_int BAT
2012 -0.6 0.171 0.294 51 4 2 Kosuke_Fukudome_CHA BAT
2013 -0.6 0.195 0.291 175 26 17 Kosuke_Fukudome_Hanshin_Tigers_XYZ_jcl BAT