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Masahiro Tanaka

26-Year-Old Pitcher – New York Yankees

2015 Stats

W-L

2-1

ERA

3.22

WHIP

0.94

K

24

SV

0

2015 Preseason Projections

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2015 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Tanaka came in with exorbitant expectations and actually found a way to outdo them, taking the league by storm with a 2.10 ERA in his first 16 starts. His next two starts were uncharacteristically poo...

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2015 ADP:  129.38

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 2"   WT: 210   DOB: 11/1/1988   BORN: Itami, Japan   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: No   Show ContractHide Contract

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Masahiro Tanaka Contract Information:

Signed a seven-year, $155 million contract with the Yankees in January 2014.

April 23, 2015  –  Masahiro Tanaka News

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Tanaka held the Tigers to just a single run on three hits over 6.1 innings Thursday, but received no decision. He struck out six and walked two in the eventual 2-1 victory.

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Masahiro Tanaka Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS SH IP H ER HR K BB W L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
2011 22 JPN JPN 27 27 6 226.3 171 32 8 241 27 19 5 0 0 0 1.27 0.87
2012 23 JPN JPN 22 22 3 173.0 160 36 4 169 19 10 4 0 0 0 1.87 1.03
2013 24 JPN JPN 28 26 2 212.0 168 30 6 183 32 24 0 1 0 0 1.27 0.94
2014 25 MAJ NYY 20 20 1 136.3 123 42 15 141 21 13 5 0 0 0 2.77 1.06
2015 26 MAJ NYY 4 4 0 22.3 14 8 2 24 7 2 1 0 0 0 3.22 0.94
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3-Year Averages     20 20 1 136.3 123 42 15 141 21 13 5 0 0 0 2.77 1.06

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Masahiro Tanaka Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
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DATE OPP IP H R ER HR BB K HBP WP CG W-L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
Apr. 23 @Det 6.3 3 1 1 0 2 6 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 3.22 0.94
Apr. 18 @TB 7.0 2 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 3.94 1.00
Apr. 12 Bos 5.0 4 4 3 1 3 4 0 2 0 W 0 0 0 7.00 1.56
Apr. 6 Tor 4.0 5 5 4 1 2 6 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 9.00 1.75
Last 14 Days
3 Games:  Avg. 6.1 IP/G
18.3 9 5 4 1 5 18 0 2 0 2-0 0 0 0 1.96 0.76
Last 30 Days
4 Games:  Avg. 5.6 IP/G
22.3 14 10 8 2 7 24 0 2 0 2-1 0 0 0 3.22 0.94
Last 60 Days
4 Games:  Avg. 5.6 IP/G
22.3 14 10 8 2 7 24 0 2 0 2-1 0 0 0 3.22 0.94

Masahiro Tanaka Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
2015281224100.167
20142956510671407.238

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
20156212510402.179
20142477611561218.242

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Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
20159.011010527.001.56
201469.7620771392.070.96

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201513.310014200.680.53
201466.773064863.511.16
Masahiro Tanaka Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS IP K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 GB/FB Ratio Strand % Fastball ERA FIP BABIP
2011 22 JPN JPN 27 27 226.3 9.58 1.07 8.93 0.32 87.4% 1.27 1.89 .291
2012 23 JPN JPN 22 22 173.0 8.79 0.99 8.89 0.21 81.7% 1.87 1.88 .329
2013 24 JPN JPN 28 26 212.0 7.77 1.36 5.72 0.25 87.6% 1.27 2.29 .281
2014 25 MAJ NYY 20 20 136.3 9.31 1.39 6.71 0.99 1.72 79.1% 91.2 MPH 2.77 3.11 .307
2015 26 MAJ NYY 4 4 22.3 9.67 2.82 3.43 0.81 0.92 68.4% 90.5 MPH 3.22 3.16 .235
Today's Projections     0 0 .0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0% 0.00 0.00 .000
Next 7 Days     0 1 5.9 8.66 2.01 4.32 0.91 73% 3.41 3.26 .302
Rest Of Season     0 27 173.1 8.66 2.02 4.28 0.93 73.2% 3.41 3.30 .302
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3-Year Averages     20 20 136.3 9.31 1.39 6.71 0.99 79.1% 2.77 3.02 .307

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2015 Stat Review for Masahiro Tanaka    As compared to the top 100 starting pitchers in 2014 (min 145 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

A collection of stats that measure different skills.

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3.43 K/BB
GOOD
9.67 K/9
ELITE
2.82 BB/9
WEAK
90.5 MPH Fastball
WEAK
0.8 HR/9
GOOD
0.92 GB/FB Ratio
MODERATE FLYBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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3.22 ERA
GOOD
0.94 WHIP
ELITE
3.16 FIP
GOOD
BABIP/Strand

Balls in play avg. and % of runners left stranded.

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.235 BABIP
LOW
68.4% Strand Rate
LOW

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Masahiro Tanaka: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Tanaka was dominant Saturday, allowing just two hits and striking out eight in seven scoreless innings against the Rays.

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Tanaka allowed four runs -- three earned -- with four strikeouts over five innings as he picked up his first win of the season in Sunday's game against the Red Sox.

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Tanaka did not have the Opening Day he was looking for Monday, allowing five runs -- four earned -- over four innings against the Blue Jays.

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Tanaka says his fastball speed could be down this season as he makes adjustments to the way he throws, the Associated Press reports.

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Manager Joe Girardi announced Friday that Tanaka will start Opening Day against the Blue Jays.

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Tanaka didn't top 89 mph in his start Wednesday until the third inning, The Record reports. He said that he's moving away from using his four-seam fastball, instead relying more on his slider and splitter.

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Tanaka is currently lined up to start for the Yankees on Opening Day, Newsday reports.

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Tanaka tossed 3.2 scoreless innings with three strikeouts in Wednesday's Grapefruit League win over the Braves.

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Tanaka threw two perfect innings with two strikeouts in Thursday's Grapefruit League game against the Braves.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2015

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2014

Tanaka, the top pitcher in Japan last season, agreed to a seven-year, $155 million contract to play for the Yankees in 2014. When Tanaka signed his 2013 contract with Rakuten in the Japanese Pacific League, he expressed his desire to move to MLB prior to qualifying for free agency. He went on to have a legendary 2013 season, going 24-0 and leading the Rakuten to its first NPB championship. His video game numbers (24-0, 1.27 ERA and 183:32 K:BB in 212 IP) in 2013 are well documented, but what might get overlooked is that those numbers aren't really out of the ordinary for Tanaka. In 2012 he missed a few starts with some muscle strains, but he still managed a 1.87 ERA in 173 IP, with 169 strikeouts against just 19 walks. Tanaka passes the eyeball tests as well. He is a sturdy 6-2, 200, and features three pitches that project as above average: a fastball that runs from 90-96 mph, a sharp splitter at 85-90 mph and a sweeping slider. His only concerns are his workload in Japan -- Tanaka threw 160 pitches in Game 6 of the Japan Series before closing the clincher -- and a strikeout rate that has dropped in each of the last three seasons, from 9.6 K/9 in 2011 to 7.8 in 2013, but those aspects appear minor given his body of work. While Tanaka's new home park isn't the best environment for a pitcher, it hasn't limited fellow Japanese native Hiroki Kuroda from having two strong season in the Bronx. All signs point to Tanaka also making a strong transition to MLB.

2013

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 him after the 2013 season. He'll be just 24 years old next season, so he could be a major impact player in MLB and worth adding in keeper leagues where allowed.

2010

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.