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Portrait of Kenta Maeda

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Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA
0 0.00
Birth Date4-11-1988
Height6' 1"
Weight175 lbs
Age30 years, 9 months, 11 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2014
2015
4.72016
3.02017
3.62018
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2016 LAN MLB 32 32 175.7 16 11 0 150 50 179 20 .260 93 7.7 2.6 1.0 9.2 45% .283 .239 1.14 3.61 3.48 85 3.01 66.5 4.7
2017 LAN MLB 29 25 134.3 13 6 1 121 34 140 22 .259 92 8.1 2.3 1.5 9.4 40% .278 .259 1.15 4.09 4.22 91 3.53 75.0 3.0
2018 LAN MLB 39 20 125.3 8 10 2 115 43 153 13 .256 98 8.3 3.1 0.9 11.0 42% .321 .254 1.26 3.17 3.81 81 2.78 62.1 3.6
CareerMLB10077435.33727338612747255.259948.02.61.19.843%.292.2501.183.633.80863.1067.911.4

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
2013 JPN int 2 2 10.0 2 0 0 2 1 15 0 .000 1.8 0.9 0.0 13.5 0% .118 .000 0.30 0.93 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2016 LAN MLB 32 32 175.7 16 11 0 150 50 179 20 .260 93 7.7 2.6 1.0 9.2 45% .283 .239 1.14 3.61 3.48 85 3.01 66.5
2017 LAN MLB 29 25 134.3 13 6 1 121 34 140 22 .259 92 8.1 2.3 1.5 9.4 40% .278 .259 1.15 4.09 4.22 91 3.53 75.0
2017 RCU A+ 1 1 4.0 0 0 0 6 2 1 0 .242 108 13.5 4.5 0.0 2.3 44% .333 .319 2.00 4.91 2.25 107 3.71 78.2
2018 LAN MLB 39 20 125.3 8 10 2 115 43 153 13 .256 98 8.3 3.1 0.9 11.0 42% .321 .254 1.26 3.17 3.81 81 2.78 62.1

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
2016 2902 0.4476 0.4562 0.7228 0.6059 0.3350 0.8056 0.6015 0.2772
2017 2178 0.4660 0.4679 0.7223 0.6532 0.3061 0.8160 0.5478 0.2777
2018 1965 0.4585 0.4936 0.6804 0.6604 0.3524 0.8067 0.4800 0.3196
Career70450.45630.47020.71080.63570.33090.80910.55100.2892

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2023 LAN $3,125,000
2022 LAN $3,125,000
2021 LAN $3,125,000
2020 LAN $3,125,000
2019 LAN $3,125,000
2018 LAN $3,125,000
2017 LAN $3,125,000
2016 LAN $3,125,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
3 yrPrevious$9,375,000
2018Current$3,125,000
4 yrPvs + Cur$12,500,000
4 yrFuture$12,500,000
8 yrTotal$25,000,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
3 y 0 dAdam Katz8 years/$25M (2016-23)

Details
  • 8 years/$25M (2016-23). Signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 1/7/16. $1M signing bonus. 16-23: $3M annually. Annual roster bonus: $0.15M annually for making active Opening Day roster. May earn $6.5M annually in performance bonuses based on games started: $1M each 15, 20 GS. $1.5M each for 25, 30, 32 GS. May earn $3.5M annually in performance bonuses based on innings pitched: $0.25M each for 90, 100, 110, 120, 130, 140, 150, 160, 170, 180, 190 IP. $0.75M 200 IP. Assignment bonus: $1M with each trade. Becomes a free agent at contract's end. Perks: Jersey No. 18. Four round-trip business-class airline tickets between Japan and Los Angeles annually. Interpreter. Travel expenses, accommodations, visa costs for a player support staff member.
  • LA Dodgers paid $20M posting fee to Hiroshima of Japan for right to negotiate with Maeda.
  • 2008-15: Hiroshima of Japan.

2018 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
90o 10.2 5.4 0 24 24 146.5 108 39 149 18 .244 1.01 2.84 3.34 26.5 2.9
80o 9.9 5.8 0 24 24 139.8 110 40 142 18 .256 1.07 3.17 3.72 21.5 2.3
70o 9.7 6.1 0 24 24 135.0 111 41 137 18 .265 1.12 3.43 4 17.9 1.9
60o 9.5 6.3 0 24 24 130.9 112 41 133 18 .273 1.17 3.64 4.24 14.8 1.6
50o 9.3 6.5 0 24 24 127.2 113 41 129 18 .280 1.21 3.84 4.46 11.9 1.3
40o 9.1 6.7 0 24 24 123.5 113 41 126 18 .287 1.25 4.05 4.69 8.9 1.0
30o 8.9 7 0 24 24 119.7 114 42 122 19 .294 1.30 4.27 4.94 5.6 0.6
20o 8.6 7.3 0 24 24 115.2 115 42 117 19 .303 1.36 4.54 5.24 1.7 0.2
10o 8.2 7.7 0 24 24 109.1 115 42 111 19 .316 1.44 4.91 5.65 -3.6 -0.4
Weighted Mean9.36.502424127.11124112918.2781.203.824.4412.11.3

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2018 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA DRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
201931101103232209177642082943.2891.153.944.547.62.89.01.22.0
20203291002828170145531642443.2851.164.084.707.72.88.71.31.5
20213391002929180153541792743.2871.154.084.707.62.79.01.31.6
2022348902626156134471542443.2881.164.134.767.72.78.91.41.3
2023358802424144123431422143.2871.154.044.667.72.78.91.31.4
2024367702121125107381221843.2901.164.024.637.72.78.81.31.2
2025377702121126108381241943.2881.164.064.687.72.78.91.41.2
202638660181810793331051643.2911.184.144.777.82.88.81.30.9
20273956017171018831991543.2911.174.114.747.82.88.81.30.9

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 85)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 93 John Lackey 2009 4.29
2 92 Zack Greinke 2014 3.07
3 92 Shaun Marcum 2012 4.14
4 92 Gavin Floyd 2013 5.55
5 91 Matt Garza 2014 4.24
6 91 Lance Lynn 2017 3.86
7 91 Warren Spahn 1951 3.22
8 90 Homer Bailey 2016 7.43
9 90 Jered Weaver 2013 3.38
10 89 Jason Hammel 2013 5.23
11 89 Don Sutton 1975 3.08 DNP
12 89 Josh Beckett 2010 6.27
13 89 A.J. Burnett 2007 4.02
14 89 Wade Miley 2017 5.95
15 89 Brad Penny 2008 6.46
16 88 Matt Cain 2015 5.79
17 88 Curt Schilling 1997 3.40
18 88 Jordan Zimmermann 2016 5.38
19 88 Kevin Appier 1998 7.80
20 88 Travis Wood 2017 7.37
21 88 Erik Bedard 2009 3.14
22 88 Gaylord Perry 1969 3.18
23 88 Freddy Garcia 2007 6.05
24 88 Carlos Zambrano 2011 4.94
25 87 Anibal Sanchez 2014 3.93
26 87 Yovani Gallardo 2016 5.64
27 87 Kelvim Escobar 2006 4.42
28 87 Cliff Lee 2009 3.42
29 87 Bob Rush 1956 3.46
30 87 Adam Wainwright 2012 4.35
31 87 Jake Peavy 2011 4.92
32 87 Ted Higuera 1988 2.61
33 87 Andy Messersmith 1976 3.60
34 87 Billy O'Dell 1963 3.64
35 87 Ben Sheets 2009 0.00 DNP
36 86 Bret Saberhagen 1994 2.94
37 86 Andrew Cashner 2017 4.05
38 86 Josh Johnson 2014 0.00 DNP
39 86 Wei-Yin Chen 2016 5.04
40 86 Jon Lester 2014 3.11
41 86 Roy Oswalt 2008 3.84
42 86 Howie Pollet 1951 5.95
43 85 Gio Gonzalez 2016 4.97
44 85 Tim Lincecum 2014 4.97
45 85 Kris Medlen 2016 9.25
46 85 Chris Young 2009 5.57
47 85 Derek Holland 2017 7.07
48 85 Gil Meche 2009 5.65
49 85 Dean Chance 1971 4.32
50 85 Ben McDonald 1998 0.00 DNP
51 85 Ubaldo Jimenez 2014 4.88
52 84 Don Drysdale 1967 3.22
53 84 Jack McDowell 1996 5.58
54 84 Daisuke Matsuzaka 2011 5.79
55 84 Cole Hamels 2014 2.64
56 84 Barry Zito 2008 5.75
57 84 Mark Gubicza 1993 5.26
58 84 Dan Haren 2011 3.44
59 84 Billy Pierce 1957 3.40
60 83 Bob Gibson 1966 2.89
61 83 David Phelps 2017 3.72
62 83 John Smoltz 1997 3.41
63 83 Dustin McGowan 2012 0.00 DNP
64 83 Ervin Santana 2013 3.63
65 83 Yu Darvish 2017 4.00
66 83 Dave Goltz 1979 4.42
67 83 Wade Davis 2016 1.87
68 83 Jeremy Hellickson 2017 5.76
69 83 Aaron Harang 2008 5.08
70 82 Johan Santana 2009 3.62
71 82 Mike Boddicker 1988 3.85
72 82 Dick Donovan 1958 3.34
73 82 Bill Singer 1974 3.89
74 82 Jose Rijo 1995 4.30
75 82 Collin McHugh 2017 3.84
76 82 Mike Mussina 1999 3.90
77 82 David Price 2016 4.15
78 82 Juan Guzman 1997 6.30
79 82 Steve Rogers 1980 3.23
80 82 Jon Matlack 1980 4.26
81 82 Orel Hershiser 1989 2.63
82 82 Nate Robertson 2008 6.62
83 82 Doug Davis 2006 5.22
84 82 Edwin Jackson 2014 6.72
85 81 Scott Baker 2012 0.00 DNP
86 81 Jason Vargas 2013 4.08
87 81 Frank Sullivan 1960 5.45
88 81 Jack Morris 1985 3.57
89 81 Pat Jarvis 1971 4.60
90 81 Bob Lemon 1951 4.03
91 81 Jeff Francis 2011 5.02
92 81 Bert Blyleven 1981 2.94
93 81 Doug Drabek 1993 4.09
94 81 Kyle Lohse 2009 5.28
95 81 Dick Hughes 1968 3.39
96 81 Carlos Carrasco 2017 3.29
97 81 Mike Moore 1990 5.10
98 81 Mike Cuellar 1967 3.62
99 81 Francisco Liriano 2014 3.77
100 80 Hyun-jin Ryu 2017 4.12

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .247 .328 .401 .268
11 vs R (Multi) .213 .257 .323 .213
18 Split (Multi) .034 .072 .078 .055
19 LgAvg (Multi) .006 .020 .015 .013
30 vs L (2016) .247 .328 .401 .268
31 vs R (2016) .213 .257 .323 .213
38 Split (2016) .034 .072 .078 .055
39 LgAvg (2016) .003 .018 .013 .012

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2018 Second acts are often tough, and while Maeda largely held his own, he crumbled a bit at the margins. He was thrice the victim of Dodger rotation largesse, first serving a dubious 10-day DL stint in May for a "tight hamstring" that just so happened to accommodate Hyun-Jin Ryu's return. After enjoying a gentle, temporary workload in the bullpen while a next wave of overcrowding crashed in June, he found himself outside the rotation again in October. He looked right at home in the role, however. His hard slider ate righties alive, and he yielded just one run in more than ten knockout innings with tantalizingly played-up stuff. His incentive-laden deal is weighted heavily toward bulk, giving the Dodgers something else to ponder for the future. One sure thing is that it will be the Dodgers doing the pondering, as they'll control his consistently above-average services on the cheap and flexible until 2024.
2017 The unimpeachable Wikipedia informs us that Kenta means "one who has health and is well-formed." That's perhaps some nominative determinism for the one Dodgers starter to make it through the season unscathed, though it is worth noting he frequently received extra days of rest. Maeda came to Los Angeles via an unusual, incentive-laden contract. His gamble on himself paid off, as he earned $8.75 million in bonuses on top of his $3-million base salary en route to a third-place finish in NL Rookie of the Year voting. Lacking impact stuff, Maeda is the type of pitcher who benefits from an early hook, as opponents tagged him for an .887 OPS the third time through the order. The Dodgers recognized this, which explains how he accrued fewer than 180 innings in 32 starts. If you're wondering what Wikipedia has to say about "Maeda," it means "front rice paddy." We don't have anything on that.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2017-01-31 19:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for evening hours I work days so its nice to see you on at night quick question how world you rank these four pitcher if you were in a dynasty league. which two would you keep. Kevin Gausman, Blake Snell, Kenta Maeda, Daniel Norris,
(OB1 from Tampa)
In that order, actually. Although I have Gausman, Snell, and Maeda all clustered together in the mid to late 40s. I'd go Gausman and Snell, with their youth as the tie-breaker. (Mark Barry)
2016-03-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you see Kenta Maeda as a top 60 pitcher or is he more in the 60-90 range? The incentive rich contract he signed should be a good thing right?
(fightingmoose from Manitoba, Canada)
A top 60 pitcher implies to me that he should be close to a No. 2 starter. That's asking a lot. I'd say he's closer to a three. The contract is nice for both parties, potentially, but I was surprised there wasn't more guaranteed cash. (Christopher Crawford)
2014-08-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Other than Kenta Maeda, are there any other NPBL players that could be posted in the off season that we should know about?
(Mark83 from Jacksonville)
Good question. I don't know. I usually take notice of the int'l players pretty late in the process, 90% of my work is tracking advanced pro pitchers on this continent and even that I can't do exhaustively by any stretch. (Harry Pavlidis)
2014-03-19 20:00:00 (link to chat)International signings seem to have huge benefits: (Cespedes, Wei-Yin Chen, Darvish, Puig and Hyun-Jin Ryu). Who are a couple of the next big players we should look out for?
(Silverback38 from VA)
There's not much coming out of Japan. Kenta Maeda is the next pitcher who will come over (likely for 2015), but he's a soft-tossing #4 profile. Cuba has some good hitters in Jose Fernandez and Yasmani Tomas, but who knows when or if they'll defect. (Bret Sayre)


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