Kenta Maeda Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 1" / 184 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 4/11/1988 (33)
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Minnesota Twins pitcher Kenta Maeda (forearm) underwent Tommy John surgery, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reported on Wednesday. The 33-year-old right-hander exited his last outing on August 21 due to tightness in his right forearm. Maeda has reportedly had an internal brace placed in his right elbow, which is expected to cut down his recovery time to 9-to-12 months instead of the usual 12-to-16 months. Still, the veteran pitcher wouldn't see playing time until late in the 2022 season at the earliest.
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Kenta Maeda (forearm) is getting second opinions on his forearm issue because there is some concern about possible UCL involvement after he landed on the injured list on Monday. UCL involvement means potential Tommy John surgery if the injury is serious enough, so there's no guarantee that the 33-year-old right-hander will be back again this season. If Tommy John surgery is eventually required, Maeda would miss most, if not all, of the 2022 campaign. Maeda has been very average this year with a 4.66 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 113 strikeouts and 32 walks in 106 1/3 innings in his second season in Minnesota. In mixed leagues, we wouldn't recommend holding onto him since there's a chance he won't make it back to close out the year.
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Kenta Maeda (forearm) was placed on the 10-day injured list on Monday due to right forearm tightness, the team announced on Twitter. Maeda suffered the injury in his last outing against the Yankees, as he was forced to exit in the fifth inning on Saturday. He's had a rough year on the mound so far, going 6-5 with a 4.66 ERA, 1.298 WHIP and 24.9 percent strikeout rate over 106 1/3 innings of work. Managers who still have him rostered can stash him on the IL for now, but it's entirely possible the Twins may decide to shut him down for the year.
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.