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Kenta Maeda: What makes him worth it? What did the Dodgers see in him?

Kenta Maeda: What makes him worth it?

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Between 2013 and 2016, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, The World Baseball Classic and Spring Training. In 2016, he has relied primarily on his Sinker (91mph) and Slider (83mph), also mixing in a Fourseam Fastball (91mph), Curve (74mph) and Change using a circle grip (84mph).

Basic description of 2016 pitches compared to other RHP:
His sinker is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' sinkers, is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers' sinkers and has little sinking action compared to a true sinker. His slider  has much less depth than expected and results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' sliders. His fourseam fastball is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers' fourseamers, generates fewer whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' fourseamers, has good "rising" action and has slightly below average velo. His curve (take this with a grain of salt because he's only thrown 17 of them in 2016) is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' curves, has below average velo, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' curves, has a sharp downward bite and has slight glove-side movement. His  change  (take this with a grain of salt because he's only thrown 9 of them in 2016) generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' changeups, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' changeups, has a lot of backspin and has slight armside fade.       

data: BrooksBaseballPitchFX jason rutherford


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