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Sunday, March 6, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL STOCK WATCH: KENTA MAEDA DEALING IN FIRST PRO OUTING

It seems like it is becoming an annual exercise in prospecting in fantasy baseball in terms of a much-hyped pitcher coming over from Japan to potentially take Major League Baseball by storm.  From Hideo Nomo, Hideki Irabu, Daisuke Matsuzaka, and Yu Darvish, some big-time Japanese hurlers have headed over to the States with differing levels of success.  The latest to come down the pike is 27-year-old Kenta Maeda who signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers over the winter with much fanfare as he came off his last Japanese League season where he registered an ERA of 2.09, a WHIP of 1.01 and 175 K in 206.1 innings.  Lauded for magnificent control and a vast four-pitch arsenal, Maeda was projected to be somewhere around an SP 2, with the only knock potentially being the fact his K rate is not in the Darvish range.  Be that as it may, there was a lot of attention paid to Maeda's debut Saturday which by all accounts was a success as he threw two scoreless innings with only one hit given up and two strikeouts.  While it was just one start, the two K's were impressive and Maeda could be looking at a deal where his unfamiliar stuff against major league hitters results in an even better K rate in the States then in Japan.  The fastball doesn't blaze but Maeda's has big movement on his stuff that elicits a high number of swings and misses and again his control is as good as any pitcher in baseball already.  Right now Maeda's stock is up after this outing as he couldn't have started better then this. 

 

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