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Kenta Maeda: 2016 前田健太

Kenta Maeda: 2016 前田健太

Strengths
  • Great control of slider. 
  • Changeups had a very deceptive release point - almost identical to the FB. 
  • Kept first-pitch down 48% of the time (25% was avg)
  • Rarely made mistakes with his curve - 12 of 74 thrown (16% ; 16% is avg)-- and when he did batters performed just average hitting 8% (7% is avg). Rarely made mistakes with his slider - 30 of 156 thrown (19% ; 17% is avg)-- and when he did batters did not take advantage hitting only 3% (9% is avg). -- and when he did batters did not take advantage hitting only 5% (9% is avg).
Weaknesses
  • Poor control of changeup. 
  • Poor control of 4-seams. 
Patterns
  • Threw first-pitch curveballs much more often than most pitchers at 23%. 
  • Rarely attempted consecutive pickoff moves (0% vs 10% avg in 9 attempted). 
  • 1-1 threw sliders to RHH 59% (19% is avg). 1-2 threw sliders to RHH 69% (22% is avg). 
  • Threw strikes on 0-2 counts, throwing balls out of the zone only 43% of the time (43% is avg). 
  • Threw strikes on 1-2 counts, throwing balls out of the zone only 26% of the time (33% is avg). 
  • 2-1 threw curves to lefties 53% (8% is avg).
  • 2-2 threw sliders to righties 79% (20% is avg).

data courtesy of scoutables


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