Kenta Maeda Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 1" / 184 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 4/11/1988 (34)
Kenta Maeda Season Stats
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Kenta Maeda News
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Kenta Maeda (elbow) is throwing 87-90 mph and is progressing towards a live bullpen session, according to beat writer Aaron Gleeman. Maeda has been throwing off a mound recently and is working his way towards a potential September debut with the Twins. The veteran hurler underwent Tommy John surgery last September and could help Minnesota in a late-season playoff push if all goes well. The 34-year-old compiled a 6-5 record, 4.66 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, and 113:32 K/BB ratio over 106 1/3 innings (21 starts) during the 2021 season prior to his surgery.
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Kenta Maeda (elbow) was reportedly placed on the 60-day injured list on Saturday, per The Star Tribune's Phil Miller. Maeda underwent Tommy John surgery in September and will miss significant time this season. The veteran pitched to a 4.66 ERA and a 4.10 FIP in 106 1/3 innings for the Twins last season, striking out 113 batters while allowing 32 walks. He was placed on the 60-day injured list to make room on the 40-man roster for the signing of right-handed reliever Joe Smith. With Maeda on the injured list, Minnesota's current rotation options include Sonny Gray, Joe Ryan, Dylan Bundy, Bailey Ober, Griffin Jaxand Randy Dobnak.
Minnesota Twins pitcher Kenta Maeda (elbow) is targeting a September return from Tommy John surgery. "Even if I can return, it will be around September," said Maeda. "It's not a zero percent chance." The Twins right-hander underwent Tommy John surgery last September but had an internal brace put into his right elbow to help reduce the recovery timeline from 16 to 12 months. "Even if it doesn't happen, it's nothing to be depressed about. In that case, I'll just come back healthy next year." He is expected to resume playing catch in mid-February. The 33-year-old struggled with groin/elbow injuries last season, owning a 6-5 record along with a 4.66 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, and a 113:32 K: BB across 106 1/3 innings. Maeda could return at some point in 2022 and is worth stashing in dynasty formats or leagues with multiple injured reserve spots.
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Kenta Maedas first MLB season away from LA was his best, putting up a 2.70 ERA and 0.75 WHIP while winning six of his 11 starts in Minnesota. The shortened season may have helped, as Maeda spent the whole year as a starter and wasnt bounced between the bullpen and rotation like he was by the Dodgers. But his underlying numbers backed up his improved results, as he also had a 2.92 SIERA and 2.63 xFIP while lowering his walk rate to 4.0% and increasing his strikeout rate to 32.3%, both career-bests. The changes Maeda made to his pitch usage in 2020 were interesting and were a big reason for these improvements. His swinging-strike rate of 17.2% was third-best among qualified pitchers last season, as his fastball usage dropped from 33.7% in 2019 to 18.8% in 2020. Instead, Maeda used his changeup (29.4%, up from 23.7%) and his slider (38.6%, up from 31.5%) much more. The Twins look like they have managed to maximize Maedas effectiveness with his changing pitch usage, so there are no reasons to worry that he'll complete regress from last year. While a sub-3.00 ERA across a full season might be a stretch, Maeda looks to have the potential to return ace value despite being drafted as an SP2 in Rounds 4 or 5.