28-Year-Old Pitcher – New York Yankees
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 ...
Masahiro Tanaka Contract Information:
Signed a seven-year, $155 million contract with the Yankees in January 2014.
Tanaka (forearm) will not start Saturday against the Orioles, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
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|Last 14 Games (Team)
1 Games Pitched: Avg. 6.0 IP/G
|Last 30 Games (Team)
4 Games Pitched: Avg. 6.7 IP/G
|Last 60 Games (Team)
10 Games Pitched: Avg. 6.6 IP/G
Masahiro Tanaka Split Stats (View Full Split Stats)
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2016 Stat Review for Masahiro Tanaka As compared to the top 100 starting pitchers in 2015 (min 130 in)
A collection of stats that measure different skills.
A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.
Balls in play avg. and % of runners left stranded.
New York Yankees Roster
MajorsAustin, Tyler (1B)
AAAAngelini, Carmen (SS)
AAAdams, Chance (P)
A+Acevedo, Domingo (P)
AAbreu, Albert (P)
RookieAmundaray, Jonathan (OF)
Masahiro Tanaka: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
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.
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.
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.
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.