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Monday, April 25, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL STOCK WATCH: KENTA MAEDA SP LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Wow.  Unbelievable.  Crazy good.  All of these adjectives can firmly be planted onto the back or better yet the arm of Los Angeles Dodgers Japanese lefty pitching import Kenta Maeda.  After being in the running to toss a no-hitter on Saturday, to dominating in every single one of his starts this season, Maeda has been the definition of a fantasy baseball ace.  Want to know how good Maeda has been?  Try having a WHIP (0.87) that is higher than his ERA (0.36).  Talk about being dependable, Maeda has pitched 6 or more innings in all four of his starts and he has rung up 23 strikeouts in only 25 frames for a solid 8.17 K/9 rate.  Control?  How about just 5 walks for a 1.78 BB/9 Rate.  Also Maeda and his vast four pitch arsenal has given up just 17 hits in his 25 innings as he continues to prove a handful for major league batters.  So did we see all of this coming?  Truth be told we downplayed Maeda compared to some of his fellow countrymen who arrived in the States such as Daisuke Matsuzaka and Yu Darvish.  We had Maeda down as an SP 3 but where we did hit with Maeda is when we said his middling K rate in Japan could uptick in the States due to the unfamiliarity factor.  Clearly Maeda is fooling batters who are not used to his stuff and right now there is no denying he is pitching like a fantasy baseball ace.  Those who invested a mid-round pick on Maeda are being handsomely rewarded but him keeping up this pace obviously won't continue.  Still Maeda can at the very least be an SP 2 the remainder of the season by the looks of things. 

 

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