What to expect from Yoshi Tsutsugo in 2022

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During the 2021 season, there were not many bright spots for the Pittsburgh Pirates. One exception was the play of Yoshi Tsutsugo. After joining the Pirates in August, Yoshi became a staple in the lineup. He will reportedly get to build on that success as the Japanese native has agreed to re-sign with the Pirates.

After struggling with the Dodgers in Rays, Yoshi hit .268 in 127 at-bats for the Pirates. The 30-year-old brought much-needed power as 17 of his 43 hits went for extra bases. From the second spot in the lineup, he was one of the Pirates’ best hitters. He also hit eight home runs which were tied for the fourth-most on the team. With a new contract secured, he will be looking to prove that his performance down the stretch was no fluke.

Before Yoshi’s stint in Pittsburgh, he hit .187 in Tampa Bay and .120 in Los Angeles. He had struck out 99 times and only forced 40 walks. In Pittsburgh, however, Tsutsugo has forced more walks and cut his strikeout rate down. In addition, he showed a flair for coming through in the clutch.

Why Tsutsugo is a good fit in Pittsburgh

For the Pirates, this is a low-risk high reward more. Tsutsugo’s new deal is expected to be a $ 4 million one-year deal. If he can build on his ending to 2021, then the Pirates offense will get a needed boost. He could also become a trade chip at the deadline as Pittsburgh continues to stockpile young talent.

While Tsutsugo showed his potential in Pittsburgh, his challenge in 2022 will be to perform at that level for an entire season. His value lies in his bat, as he has a .981 career fielding percentage and committed eight errors during the 2021 campaign. Although he made some appearances in the outfield during his career, Tsutsugo is viewed as a first baseman. Regardless of how the offseason plays out, Tsutsugo now has a chance to show that his success in the second half was just the start of him reaching his potential.

Photo Courtesy of Marcio Jose Sanchez/ Ap Photo

-Jamie Gatlin ( JamieGatlin17)

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