Kenta Maeda

Position: RHP
Born: 4/11/1988
Height: 6'0
Weight: 160
B/T: R/R
Acquired: Signed as an international free agent (Japan) on January 7, 2016 (LAD).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
2015 SEASON STATS: Went 15-8 with a 2.09 ERA in 29 starts for the Hiroshima Carp of Japan’s Central League, including five complete games, striking out 175 and walking 41 in 206.1 IP and allowing 168 hits.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Already on the 40-man roster, he made the club out of spring training.
MLB Debut Date: 4/6/2016

Debut Details
April 6, in a 7-0 win over the Padres. The starting pitcher, he tossed six innings of five-hit shutout ball, striking four without walking a batter and inducing 12 groundouts. He was also 1-for-3 at the plate, hitting his first major league home run in the fourth inning off Andrew Cashner.

Player Notes
One of the most high-profile international signings of the 2015 offseason, Maeda was a star during his eight seasons with Hiroshima, posting a career 2.64 ERA with an ERA below 3.00 in each of the last six seasons. He tossed over 200 IP four times. His best campaign was in 2012, when he went 14-7 with a 1.53 ERA, fanning 171 while walking just 44 in 206.1 IP.

2080 Notes
2080’s Dave DeFreitas on Maeda: “So far in his spring starts he has looked unfazed. I think he probably has a little more to prove than, say, (Masahiro) Tanaka did when he arrived in the U.S., but he has looked very comfortable. He should help the Dodgers a lot this year. You can read DeFreitas’ full scouting report on Maeda here.