Kenta Maeda

Born: 04/11/1988 (Age: 31)
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Arm Slot: High 3/4
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 170
Primary Position: RHSP
Seconday Position: -
Acquisition Period: Signed as international free agent, January 7, 2016 (LAD)
Entry Point: IFA
Report Info
Evaluator:
Report Date: February 16th, 2016
Dates Seen: 2008-2015
Level: MLB
Affiliate: Los Angeles Dodgers
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Physical Description
Slim, slender; athletic, wirey frame.
Mechanical Notes
Control (60/60): Feel with all pitches. Works ahead, doesn’t shy away from contact and no hesitation to use off-speed down in count. Fills up zone, will challenge. DECEPTION (50/50): Quick, clean arm; hides it a little in back; more about location than deception.
MLB ETA Future Floor Future Ceiling Realistic Role Risk
2016 50 55 Role 50: Strong #4 SP Moderate
Pitch Present Future Sitting Max Comments
Fastball
Fastball 55 55 88-92 94 Quick arm, late life in zone, especially when down. Will get some ride up in zone; can find extra gear at times. COMMAND (60/60): Good job staying out of middle of plate; works both edges with ease and good feel for the bottom of zone; comfortable working in on lefties. Will change eye level. Locates Cutter to both sides. MOVEMENT (60/60): Hard sink, two-seam action to both sides; gets bore in on righties. Two-way pitch, late cut glove side.
Quick arm, late life in zone, especially when down. Will get some ride up in zone; can find extra gear at times. COMMAND (60/60): Good job staying out of middle of plate; works both edges with ease and good feel for the bottom of zone; comfortable working in on lefties. Will change eye level. Locates Cutter to both sides. MOVEMENT (60/60): Hard sink, two-seam action to both sides; gets bore in on righties. Two-way pitch, late cut glove side.
Curveball
Curveball 50 50 71-75 78 Variations; 12-to-6 breaker with tight rotation, snap; good arm speed. Feel for spin, locates to both sides; comfortable going out of zone for put-away. Will back off and have it roll at times; likes to use early in count.
Variations; 12-to-6 breaker with tight rotation, snap; good arm speed. Feel for spin, locates to both sides; comfortable going out of zone for put-away. Will back off and have it roll at times; likes to use early in count.
Slider
Slider 55 55 80-82 83 Go-to pitch; 3/4 depth, tight; will use in any count. Some variations; has it get big at times, especially early in count; dials up with late bite for put-away.
Go-to pitch; 3/4 depth, tight; will use in any count. Some variations; has it get big at times, especially early in count; dials up with late bite for put-away.
ChangeUp
ChangeUp 55 55 81-85 87 Good arm speed, feel; circle fade with occasional hard bottom. Mainly use on lefties; shown prior effectiveness vs righties. Has become 3rd pitch. Tinkers, lost some of the late action recently, can flatten out. Still a chance to get back to solid plus.
Good arm speed, feel; circle fade with occasional hard bottom. Mainly use on lefties; shown prior effectiveness vs righties. Has become 3rd pitch. Tinkers, lost some of the late action recently, can flatten out. Still a chance to get back to solid plus.
Overall Summary
Strong #4 starter with plus command/control of four average pitches. Plus athlete that gets good angle for his size. Relies on movement and location; looks for soft contact, but can reach back for a little extra velo when needed. He is around the zone a lot and will give up his hits, but see the strikeouts coming up as he gets away from contact-heavy NPB. Solid make-up guy, not at all scared, battles, makes adjustments on the fly; will keep team in the game; solid mound presence and the ability to win without best stuff. Effort in the delivery, but it's clean and controlled and he knows how to throttle up/back. Concern regarding elbow inflammation over last two-plus seasons. Believe he will need added rest during first MLB season as he adjusts to five-man rotation, and deeper major league lineups.