Pirates sign infielder/outfielder Yoshi Tsutsugo

The Pittsburgh Pirates today signed free agent infielder/outfielder Yoshi Tsutsugo (pronounced yoshee tsoo-TSOO-go) to a Major League contract.

 

The 29-year-old Tsutsugo has spent a majority of the 2021 season with Triple-A Oklahoma City, where he hit .257 (38-for-148) with seven doubles, 10 home runs, 32 RBI, a .361 on-base percentage, .507 slugging percentage and .868 OPS in 43 games. At the time he was signed by the Pirates, he was hitting .387 (12-for-31) with three doubles, two home runs, 11 RBI, a .463 on-base percentage, 677 slugging percentage and 1.141 OPS in 10 games with Oklahoma City this month.

 

Tsutsugo was a member of Tampa Bay’s Opening Day roster for the second time in his career this season before being designated for assignment on May 11. He was then acquired by the Dodgers on May 15 and played in 12 games before being placed on the injured list on June 9 with a right calf strain. Tsutsugo was then outrighted off Los Angeles’ roster on July 7 and released on Saturday.

 

The left-handed hitting Tsutsugo played for the Yokohama DeNA BayStars in Japan’s Nippon Professional

 

Baseball Organization from 2010-19 before signing with Tampa Bay as a free agent on December 16, 2019.

 

Tsutsugo will wear uniform #32.

 

To make room for Tsutsugo on the 26-man active roster, John Nogowski has been designated for assignment.