Maeda
2018 Stats
2018 Full Season Projections
W-L
7-8
ERA
3.85
WHIP
1.291
K
131
SV
0
 
 
 
 
 
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Maeda improved slightly upon his strong strikeout and walk rates from his rookie season, but he missed time due to injury and was relegated to the bullpen on a couple of occasions. The Dodgers were also conservative in his starts, limiting Maeda's exposure to opposing lineu... read more
Maeda improved slightly upon his strong strikeout and walk rates from his rookie season, but he missed time due to injury and was relegated to the bullpen on a couple of occasions. The Dodgers were also conservative in his starts, limiting Maeda's exposure to opposing lineups -- Maeda threw more than five innings just seven times all year, which led to a 40-inning drop in regular-season workload. Maeda throws five different pitches and he mixes them reasonably well, but he induced fewer swings on pitches out of the strike zone overall (29.9 percent O-Swing rate), struggled on the road (5.62 ERA) and continued to run into trouble against lefties (.263/.322/.458). Perhaps the biggest thing working against Maeda in fantasy is the fact that the Dodgers have evolved past the "workhorse" mentality, instead using the 10-day DL to rotate guys and keep them fresh. The skills are solid, but Maeda's workload will likely be capped once again.
LEAGUE: Majors    40 MAN: Yes    BATS: R    Throws: R    HT: 6'0"    WT: 179 lbs.    DOB: 4/11/1988    Drafted: 2016Show Contract
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Kenta Maeda Contract Info:
Agreed to an eight-year deal with the Dodgers in December of 2015 worth $25 million guaranteed.
Falters in ninth inning
PLos Angeles Dodgers
August 15, 2018
Maeda was charged with a loss after giving up a run on three hits while striking out one over an inning against the Giants on Tuesday.
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2018 Stat Review for Kenta Maeda
3.28 K/BB
GOOD
10.72 K/9
ELITE
3.27 BB/9
WEAK
91.8 MPH Fastball
AVERAGE
0.9 HR/9
GREAT
1.38 GB/FB Ratio
MODERATE GROUNDBALLER
3.85 ERA
AVERAGE
1.29 WHIP
WEAK
3.29 FIP
ELITE
0.337 BABIP
HIGH
72.5 % Strand Rate
BELOW AVERAGE
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  4. 3. EnriqueE. Hernandez (R)
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  1. Kenta Maeda 2018 Preseason Outlook
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  2. Kenta Maeda 2017 Preseason Outlook
    Signed through 2023 for a total of $25 million (plus incentives), Maeda is already looking like one of the great bargains in baseball after his first season stateside. As the calendar turned to July, Maeda sat with a 2.82 ERA, and although he did slip some late in the year, he finished with 16 wins, strong ratios and an average of more than a strikeout per inning. Elbow issues drove his price down last offseason, and while Maeda made 32 regular-season starts, he required additional rest for 19 of them. The Dodgers want Maeda to add mass this offseason with the hope that his body will hold up to a heavier workload (and a more regular schedule) in 2017. Thirty more innings or so, even if they come with some regression with the ratios, could thrust Maeda into elite company among fantasy starters. Best of all, his cost may remain suppressed as the memory of his late-season struggles and injury concerns linger.
  3. Kenta Maeda 2016 Preseason Outlook
    Maeda, who was regarded as the top pitcher in Japan, signed an eight-year deal with the Dodgers in the offseason. Comparisons to his most immediate predecessors, Yu Darvish and Masahiro Tanaka, are a bit unfair, as both were historically unprecedented. Maeda probably isn't MLB ace material, as his K/9 rate has never exceeded 8.1, but it has also never fallen below 7.3, and his BB/9 rate has steadily hovered around 1.9. Maeda's success has come from limiting hits, and more recently, keeping the ball in the park. Maeda's fastball sits 89-92 mph with some movement, and it reaches 94 mph on occasion, and he features two variations of a slider. Above all, Maeda has been remarkably durable to this point, throwing at least 175 innings in each of the past seven seasons, but irregularities were found in his elbow during his physical with the Dodgers, which helps explain all the incentives in his contract.
  4. Kenta Maeda 2015 Preseason Outlook
    Maeda entered 2014 regarded as the top pitcher in Japan after the departure of Masahiro Tanaka to MLB. While his W-L record declined to 11-9 and his ERA increased to a five-year high, he still had a 2.60 ERA with a 161:41 K:BB ratio in 187 innings. Still, the buzz about him moving to MLB declined and his team decided not to let him leave via the posting in 2015, even though he's said he wants to pitch in the U.S. He could be posted for the 2016 season and he'll be eligible for international free agency in 2017. When Maeda eventually does show up in the majors, fans expecting another Tanaka or Yu Darvish will probably be disappointed. Listed at 6-foot, 179 pounds, Maeda is physically smaller than Japan's recent exports. His arsenal of an 88-94 mph fastball, a slider and a changeup is more respectable than it is eye-popping. On the plus side, Maeda has good control, isn't home-run prone and offers a strong track record of health. He'll certainly be near the top of a big-league rotation when he decides to move to the States.
  5. Kenta Maeda 2014 Preseason Outlook
    Maeda is regarded as the second best pitcher in Japan after Masahiro Tanaka. He went 15-7 with a 2.10 ERA and 158:40 K:BB ratio in 175.2 innings last season. When signing his 2014 contract with the Hiroshima Carp, Maeda declared his intent to move to MLB for 2015. He's been a reliable innings eater throughout his NPB career; and features a fastball at 90-94, and breaking pitch that traverses the plane from cutter to slider. He should figure prominently in a 2015 MLB rotation as a result.
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Falters in ninth inning
PLos Angeles Dodgers
August 15, 2018
Maeda was charged with a loss after giving up a run on three hits while striking out one over an inning against the Giants on Tuesday.
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Officially moved to bullpen
PLos Angeles Dodgers
August 12, 2018
Maeda will move to the bullpen, Pedro Moura of The Athletic Los Angeles reports.
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Strikes out seven Rockies
PLos Angeles Dodgers
August 10, 2018
Maeda gave up three earned runs on six hits over 5.1 innings in a no-decision in the Dodgers' 5-4 loss to the Rockies on Friday. He struck out seven and walked three.
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Shift to bullpen possible
PLos Angeles Dodgers
August 10, 2018
Maeda may transition to a role in the bullpen following Friday's start against Colorado, Andy McCullough of The Los Angeles Times reports.
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Tagged for five runs in loss
PLos Angeles Dodgers
August 5, 2018
Maeda (7-7) served up five runs on six hits (one home run) and two walks while striking out four over 5.1 innings and taking the loss against the Astros on Saturday.
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