Yoshi Tsutsugo is a first baseman and outfielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates (MLB). He’s also played for the DeNA Bay Stars in Japan and the Tampa Bay Rays in the United States (NPB).
He’s the BayStars’ youngest player with 100, 150, and 200 home runs. Tsutsugo became the first player in Nippon Professional Baseball history to hit three home runs in three consecutive games on July 22, 2016.
Tsutsugo played 3 games with the Yokohama Bay Stars at age 18 in 2010. Injury and inexperience with wooden bats slowed him down.
In 2014, he played 114 games as a regular. First NPB All-Star in 2015. He hit.309 with an OBP of.395. 2016 Central League home run and RBI leader. He hit.322 and had a career-high OBP (.430).
Tsutsugo signed a two-year, $12 million contract with the Tampa Bay Rays of Major League Baseball on December 16, 2019.
Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, he returned to Japan on March 25, 2020. He was transferred to the Los Angeles Dodgers in May 2021 in return for cash for a player to be announced later.
He collected three hits in 25 at-bats (.120 average) in 12 games with the Dodgers before being placed on the disabled list with a right calf strain.
Yoshi Tsutsugo Contract
Yoshitomo Tsutsugo signed a one-year, $4 million contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates, with $4 million guaranteed and a $4 million annual average salary.
Yoshitomo Tsutsugo has an estimated net worth of $1.5 million.
In 2022, Tsutsugo will earn a base salary of $4,000,000, while carrying a total salary of $4,000,000.