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Masahiro Tanaka

29-Year-Old Pitcher – New York Yankees

2018 Stats

W-L

4-2

ERA

4.73

WHIP

1.07

K

47

SV

0

2018 Preseason Projections

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2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Tanaka was expected to anchor the Yankees' rotation last season in advance of a big payday in free agency, but he instead opted into his contract with the team for 2018 after the bottom completely fel...

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2018 ADP:  97.02

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 3"   WT: 218   DOB: 11/1/1988   BORN: Itami, Japan   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: By NYY In 2014   Show ContractHide Contract

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Masahiro Tanaka Contract Information:

Signed a seven-year, $155 million contract with the Yankees in January of 2014. Contract includes player options for 2018, 2019 and 2020.

May 15, 2018  –  Masahiro Tanaka News

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Tanaka (4-2) allowed three runs on four hits across five innings during Tuesday's suspended game against the Nationals. He struck out two and walked none.

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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
2017 28 MAJ NYY 30 30 1 178.3 180 94 35 194 41 13 12 0 0 0 4.74 1.24
2018 29 MAJ NYY 9 9 0 51.3 45 27 9 47 10 4 2 0 0 0 4.73 1.07
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3-Year Averages     28 28 0 177.3 161 74 27 166 34 13 7 0 0 0 3.76 1.10
Career  (View All)     114 114 2 719.7 653 291 106 686 135 56 30 0 3.64 1.09

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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
May. 9 Bos 5.3 8 4 4 2 2 3 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 4.66 1.10
May. 3 @Hou 6.0 5 3 3 0 0 5 1 1 0 - 0 0 0 4.39 1.00
Apr. 28 @LAA 6.0 2 1 1 1 2 9 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 4.37 1.03
Apr. 23 Min 6.7 3 1 1 0 2 5 1 0 0 W 0 0 0 5.28 1.14
Apr. 17 Mia 5.0 7 7 5 1 2 5 1 0 0 L 0 0 0 6.04 1.21
Apr. 11 @Bos 5.0 7 6 6 2 2 3 0 1 0 W 0 0 0 5.19 1.04
Apr. 5 Bal 6.3 6 3 3 1 0 7 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 2.92 0.73
Mar. 30 @Tor 6.0 3 1 1 1 0 8 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 1.50 0.50
Last 14 Games (Team)
2 Games Pitched:  Avg. 5.7 IP/G
11.3 13 7 7 2 2 8 1 1 0 0-0 0 0 0 5.56 1.32
Last 30 Games (Team)
5 Games Pitched:  Avg. 5.8 IP/G
29.0 25 16 14 4 8 27 3 1 0 2-1 0 0 0 4.34 1.14
Last 60 Games (Team)
8 Games Pitched:  Avg. 5.8 IP/G
46.3 41 26 24 8 10 45 3 2 0 4-2 0 0 0 4.66 1.10

Masahiro Tanaka Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
20188115318402.234
201731987177511016.252
201639079148821211.237

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201812832727607.229
20174331072410531019.261
201641586229113011.235

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Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201823.312020645.011.29
201795.095011216153.221.01
201695.77109017133.861.09

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201828.030027454.500.89
201783.34708225206.481.50
2016104.0730751992.341.07
Masahiro Tanaka vs. Today's Pitcher Stats

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
2017 28 MAJ NYY 30 30 178.3 9.79 2.07 4.73 1.77 1.74 68.3% 92.2 MPH 4.74 4.38 .319
2018 29 MAJ NYY 9 9 51.3 8.24 1.75 4.70 1.58 1.37 60.9% 91.7 MPH 4.73 4.41 .269
Today's Projections     0 0 .0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0% 0.00 0.00 .000
Next 7 Days     0 2 12.6 8.78 1.93 4.54 1.56 71.9% 4.03 4.14 .293
Rest Of Season     0 23 141.8 8.76 1.72 5.10 1.41 71.9% 3.87 3.87 .297
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3-Year Averages     28 28 177.3 8.42 1.73 4.88 1.37 72% 3.76 3.88 .286
Career     114 114 719.7 8.58 1.69 5.08 1.33 72.9% 3.64 3.79 .289

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Masahiro Tanaka Defensive Stats

DRS Breakdown
Pos Year Inn DRS (?) Pos Rank Range & Pos (?) OF Arm (?) GFP/DME (?) GDP (?) Bunts (?) Catcher SB (?) Pitcher SB (?) Adj ERA (?) Strike Zone(?)
P 2015 154 5 12 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
2016 199.7 7 2 6 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
2017 178.3 2 - 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
2018 35 1 - 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0

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2018 Stat Review for Masahiro Tanaka    As compared to the top 100 starting pitchers in 2016 (min 130 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

A collection of stats that measure different skills.

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4.70 K/BB
ELITE
8.24 K/9
GOOD
1.75 BB/9
ELITE
91.7 MPH Fastball
AVERAGE
1.6 HR/9
TERRIBLE
1.37 GB/FB Ratio
MODERATE GROUNDBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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4.73 ERA
POOR
1.07 WHIP
GREAT
4.41 FIP
WEAK
BABIP/Strand

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

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.269 BABIP
LOW
60.9% Strand Rate
LOW

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

Tanaka allowed four runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out three over 5.1 innings in Wednesday's win over the Red Sox. He did not factor into the decision.

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Tanaka gave up three runs on five hits while striking out five over six innings in a no-decision against the Astros on Thursday. He did not walk a batter.

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Tanaka (4-2) picked up the win over the Angels on Saturday, allowing one run on two hits and two walks over six innings while striking out nine.

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Tanaka (3-2) tossed 6.2 innings of one-run ball en route to a win Monday against the Twins, allowing three hits and two walks with five strikeouts.

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Tanaka (2-2) allowed seven runs (six earned) on eight hits and two walks across five innings while taking the loss Tuesday against the Marlins. He struck out five.

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Tanaka (2-1) picked up the win over the Red Sox on Wednesday despite giving up six runs on seven hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out three.

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Tanaka (1-1) took the loss despite a quality start Thursday, giving up three earned runs on six hits, striking out seven and walking none in a 5-2 defeat to the Orioles.

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Tanaka (1-0) allowed one run on three hits over six innings while striking out eight in Friday's 4-2 win over the Blue jays.

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Tanaka will take the mound against Toronto on Friday for his regular-season debut, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.

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Tanaka has been blasted for six runs on eight hits and two walks over 5.1 innings through two Grapefruit League starts.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2018

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2017

Tanaka has perpetually been on injury watch since electing to forgo Tommy John surgery in 2014 and pitching through a partially torn UCL, and although he was shut down for the final week of the season with a slight forearm strain, the team's ace made it through 199.2 innings and 31 starts in 2016. He ranked third in the American League among qualified starters in ERA (3.07), fifth in WHIP (1.08), and was fourth in K/BB (4.6). The Japanese import showed some personal improvement keeping the ball in the yard - a problem that plagued him in 2015 - and posted a career-best 14 wins. There were some aspects of his game that left something to be desired, as he struck out batters at a career-low rate and walked them at a career-high clip, but the season mostly trended in the right direction. The injury specter will continue to hang over him, but as long as he's healthy, Tanaka figures to have another productive campaign in 2017.

2016

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 three quarters of the season. He didnít need the Tommy John surgery that many believe is inevitable so a lot of the same concerns will linger again this year. Tanaka did have his right elbow scoped for bone spurs in October, but the partial tear remains. His performance was a few ticks worse in the spots one would expect: fewer strikeouts, more home runs. Otherwise, he was the same very good pitcher we saw in 2014. Sometimes itís lazy to just take the average of two seasons as a guideline for expectations, but it works here. Both of Tanakaís seasons have included great fundamental skills, a bit of a home run issue, and a substantial DL stint. Prospective owners should plan for more of the same until we see something different.

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.