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Yuki Yanagita (柳田 悠岐, Yanagita Yūki, born October 9, 1988 in Hiroshima, Hiroshima, Japan) is a professional Japanese baseball player. He plays outfielder for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks. Yanagita was a member of the 2014 and 2015 Japan Series-winning Hawks teams.

Yuki Yanagita
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Yanagita with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks
Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks – No. 9
Outfielder
Born: (1988-10-09) October 9, 1988 (age 29)
Hiroshima, Hiroshima, Japan
Bats: Left Throws: Right
debut
May 8, 2011, for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks
NPB statistics
(through 2017 season)
Batting average .314
Home runs 114
RBI 400
Hits 754
Stolen base 118
Teams
Career highlights and awards

2015 MVP SeasonEdit

In 2015, Yanagita won the Pacific League MVP award after ranking at or near the top of the league in several offensive categories. Yanagita led both leagues with a .363 batting average and led the Pacific League in runs (110), total bases (317), slugging percentage (.631), on base percentage (.469), and walks (88). He ranked second in hits (182) and stolen bases (32) and third in home runs (34, tied) and RBI (99).[1] With the exception of stolen bases, all of these stats were career highs, and Yanagita became the just the 10th player in either league to join the "Triple 3" club (.300 average, 30 home runs, 30 stolen bases).[2]

After the season, Yanagita underwent a right elbow surgery and is expected to recover in time for the 2016 season.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2015 Pacific League Qualifiers for Batting Championship". Nippon Professional Baseball. Retrieved 14 February 2016. 
  2. ^ Nagatsuka, Kaz. "Yakult's Yamada, Softbank's Yanagita win MVP Awards". Retrieved 14 February 2016. 
  3. ^ "Hawks' Yanagita has elbow surgery". Retrieved 14 February 2016. 

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