24-Year-Old Pitcher – Free Agent
2013 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Tanaka may be the best pitcher in Japan after going 10-4 with a 1.87 ERA and 169:19 K:BB ratio in 172 innings last season. He told his team he wants to play in MLB and the Rakuten Eagles could post hi...
Tanaka has told the Rakuten Eagles he wants to play in MLB, and he could be posted after the 2013 season, the Kyodo news service reports. "We're in no position to stop someone from pursuing his dreams and ambitions," Rakuten official Yasuyuki Kato said. "After each season, we'll sit down and see how he feels about it."
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Tanaka may be Japanese baseball's best young prospect. The 21 year-old got off to a roaring 7-0 start to the 2009 season, and eventually finished at 15-6 with a 2.33 ERA. Tanaka has always had an electric arm, and learned how to dominate with it this season. Still, we may not see him come to the U.S. until at least 2016.