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Masahiro Tanaka

26-Year-Old Pitcher – New York Yankees

2014 Stats

W-L

13-5

ERA

2.77

WHIP

1.06

K

141

SV

0

2015 RotoWire 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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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.

March 4, 2015  –  Masahiro Tanaka News

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Tanaka is expected to start against the Braves on March 12 in Grapefruit League play, Marly Rivera of ESPN Deportes 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
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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
Sep. 27 @Bos 1.7 7 7 5 0 2 2 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 2.77 1.06
Sep. 21 Tor 5.3 5 1 1 0 0 4 1 0 0 W 0 0 0 2.47 1.00
Last 14 Days
2 Games:  Avg. 3.5 IP/G
7.0 12 8 6 0 2 6 1 0 0 1-1 0 0 0 7.71 2.00
Last 30 Days
2 Games:  Avg. 3.5 IP/G
7.0 12 8 6 0 2 6 1 0 0 1-1 0 0 0 7.71 2.00
Last 60 Days
2 Games:  Avg. 3.5 IP/G
7.0 12 8 6 0 2 6 1 0 0 1-1 0 0 0 7.71 2.00

Masahiro Tanaka Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

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

Vs. Right

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

Home

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201469.7620771392.070.96

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
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
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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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2014 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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6.71 K/BB
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9.31 K/9
ELITE
1.39 BB/9
ELITE
91.2 MPH Fastball
WEAK
1.0 HR/9
WEAK
1.72 GB/FB Ratio
MODERATE GROUNDBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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2.77 ERA
GREAT
1.06 WHIP
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3.11 FIP
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BABIP/Strand

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

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.307 BABIP
HIGH
79.1% Strand Rate
HIGH

2015 Projected Stats Breakdown for Masahiro Tanaka

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

Tanaka faced live hitters for the first time in spring training.

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Tanaka threw 40 pitches off a mound Thursday and is progressing well, according to pitching coach Larry Rothschild, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.

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Tanaka threw a bullpen session Thursday, and will throw again off a mound Sunday, the team's official site reports.

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Tanaka reported to camp Tuesday and played long toss at the Yankees' minor league facility, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. "So far, everything has been good," pitching coach Larry Rothschild said. "That doesn't mean that it will be going forward, but we're going to do everything we can to make sure that hopefully it is."

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Tanaka has undergone a normal offseason routine, and all reports have been positive after partially tearing his UCL last season, according to pitching coach Larry Rothschild, ESPN New York reports.

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Tanaka will be on a pitch count of 70-80 pitches Saturday in Boston, Chad Jennings of the Journal News reports.

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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.