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Masahiro Tanaka

28-Year-Old Pitcher – New York Yankees

2016 Stats

W-L

14-4

ERA

3.07

WHIP

1.08

K

165

SV

0

2016 Preseason Projections

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2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

There were major concerns around Tanaka entering 2015 and while he didnít make it through unscathed (late-Apr. DL stint for forearm strain cost him a month-plus), he was upright and pitching well for ...

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2016 ADP:  121.1

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STATUS:  Out     INJURY TYPE:  Forearm     EST. RETURN:  3/1/2017
LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 3"   WT: 215   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.

September 30, 2016  –  Masahiro Tanaka News

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Tanaka (forearm) will not start Saturday against the Orioles, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.

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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 AAA SCR 2 2 0 6.0 6 3 1 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 4.50 1.33
2015 26 MAJ NYY 24 24 0 154.0 126 60 25 139 27 12 7 0 0 0 3.51 0.99
2016 27 MAJ NYY 31 31 0 199.7 179 68 22 165 36 14 4 0 0 0 3.07 1.08
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3-Year Averages     25 25 0 163.3 142 56 20 148 28 13 5 0 0 0 3.09 1.04
Career  (View All)     75 75 1 490.0 428 170 62 445 84 39 16 0 3.12 1.04

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Masahiro Tanaka Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
# of Team Games To Display:    Show 14Show 14    Show 30Show 30    Show 60Show 60
DATE OPP IP H R ER HR BB K HBP WP CG W-L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
Sep. 21 @TB 6.0 7 4 4 4 2 5 0 2 0 W 0 0 0 3.07 1.08
Sep. 15 @Bos 7.0 4 1 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 2.97 1.06
Sep. 10 TB 7.3 5 1 1 1 0 10 1 0 0 W 0 0 0 3.04 1.07
Sep. 5 Tor 6.3 7 2 2 0 3 4 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 3.11 1.08
Aug. 30 @KC 5.0 4 2 2 1 0 4 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 3.12 1.06
Aug. 24 @Sea 7.0 6 0 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 3.11 1.07
Aug. 19 @LAA 7.7 5 0 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 3.24 1.07
Aug. 13 TB 7.0 5 4 4 2 0 8 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 3.40 1.10
Aug. 7 Cle 6.0 6 1 1 0 0 8 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 3.32 1.11
Aug. 2 @NYM 6.3 8 7 6 2 0 4 0 1 0 L 0 0 0 3.40 1.12
Last 14 Games (Team)
1 Games Pitched:  Avg. 6.0 IP/G
6.0 7 4 4 4 2 5 0 2 0 1-0 0 0 0 6.00 1.50
Last 30 Games (Team)
4 Games Pitched:  Avg. 6.7 IP/G
26.7 23 8 8 5 8 19 1 2 0 3-0 0 0 0 2.70 1.16
Last 60 Games (Team)
10 Games Pitched:  Avg. 6.6 IP/G
65.7 57 22 21 10 9 57 1 3 0 7-1 0 0 0 2.88 1.01

Masahiro Tanaka Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201639079148821211.237
201528971146013313.223
20142956510671407.238

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201641586229113011.235
201532068136620012.219
20142477611561218.242

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Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201695.77109017133.861.09
201587.37407815173.711.00
201469.7620771392.070.96

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
2016104.0730751992.341.07
201566.7530611283.240.99
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 AAA SCR 2 2 6.0 9.00 3.00 3.00 1.50 71.4% 4.50 4.37 .314
2015 26 MAJ NYY 24 24 154.0 8.12 1.58 5.15 1.46 1.54 72.7% 91.8 MPH 3.51 4.05 .255
2016 27 MAJ NYY 31 31 199.7 7.44 1.62 4.58 0.99 1.87 76.2% 90.6 MPH 3.07 3.57 .283
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3-Year Averages     25 25 163.3 8.16 1.54 5.29 1.10 76% 3.09 3.49 .281
Career     75 75 490.0 8.17 1.54 5.30 1.14 76% 3.12 3.56 .281

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2016 Stat Review for Masahiro Tanaka    As compared to the top 100 starting pitchers in 2015 (min 130 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

A collection of stats that measure different skills.

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4.58 K/BB
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7.44 K/9
WEAK
1.62 BB/9
ELITE
90.6 MPH Fastball
WEAK
1.0 HR/9
AVERAGE
1.87 GB/FB Ratio
EXTREME GROUNDBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

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3.07 ERA
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1.08 WHIP
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3.57 FIP
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BABIP/Strand

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

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.283 BABIP
BELOW AVERAGE
76.2% Strand Rate
ABOVE AVERAGE

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

Tanaka (forearm) threw a bullpen session Thursday, Erik Boland of Newsday reports.

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Tanaka (forearm) played catch Tuesday (25 throws from 60 feet) and plans to start Saturday even it the Yankees have been eliminated from the playoff picture, YES Network's Meredith Marakovits reports.

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Tanaka (forearm) will visit Dr. Christopher Ahmad on Tuesday in an attempt to be cleared for his final start of the season, The Journal News reports.

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Tanaka's forearm injury is a slight strain in his flexor mass, but it's not located near a ligament, Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports. The Yankees will have Tanaka hold off on throwing for five days.

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Tanaka is dealing with a slight forearm strain and will miss his scheduled start Monday, Sept. 26, Andrew Marchand of ESPN reports.

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Tanaka (14-4) allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks over six innings against the Rays on Wednesday, striking out seven and getting the win.

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Tanaka pitched seven beautiful innings Thursday against Boston, allowing one run on four hits while walking three in a no-decision. For the first time in his MLB career, he did not notch a strikeout.

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2016

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2015

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 poor outings and eventually resulted in elbow inflammation that sidelined him for the next two and a half months. He somehow avoided what felt like an inevitable trip under the knife and returned for a pair of late-September starts, though the second of them was a shellacking in Boston. Now with a potential Tommy John surgery hanging over his head, Tanaka will again be one of the most polarizing players at the draft table, albeit for markedly different reasons this time around. Drafting him sight unseen will require a significant discount, but even seeing him in spring training wonít alleviate the worry surrounding him in 2015. Tread cautiously. The payoff is high, but the price wonít always be lowered enough to take the risk.

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.