• Tanaka Doesn’t Throw As Hard As Hiroki Kuroda?

    Posted by on January 24th, 2014 · Comments (7)

    So says C.J.

    Comments on Tanaka Doesn’t Throw As Hard As Hiroki Kuroda?

    1. McMillan
      January 24th, 2014 | 1:23 pm

      Kuroda Apr., 2013-Aug., 2013 will be better than Tanaka 2014, and Tanaka 2014 will be better than Kuroda Sep., 2013-Oct., 2013.

    2. Mr. October
      January 24th, 2014 | 5:35 pm

      $175MM for a pitcher with a 92 mph fastball that comes in on a flat plane – he’d better have the best splitter in the world.

    3. Evan3457
      January 24th, 2014 | 10:36 pm

      Baseball Prospectus’ Doug Thornburg’s scouting report on Tanaka’s stuff:

      However, Tanaka’s stuff is legit, with a fastball that sits 90-92 mph but spikes to 96, a sharp breaking ball, and a splitter that disappears late on its path to the plate. He uses both the four- and two-seam varieties of the fastball with good movement and plus command, according to scouting reports as well as the limited footage available. His breaker has earned a slider label, though the velocity and trajectory of the pitch suggest a curve; semantics aside, his high-frequency usage of the pitch adds to the workload-related concerns with respect to his health. The best pitch in Tanaka’s arsenal is probably the splitter, which features arm-side run in addition to the trademark drop, and the fastball arm action adds to the deception of the split.

    4. Kamieniecki
      January 25th, 2014 | 11:49 am

      Tanaka at $25 million per year, and Sabathia at $24 million per year, comes to almost $50 million per year for two starting pitchers – both question marks… How long was Cashman able to stay under Hal Steinbrenner’s original 2011 “goal” of $189 million in 2014? 15 minutes?

    5. McMillan
      January 25th, 2014 | 12:42 pm

      Kamieniecki wrote:

      Tanaka at $25 million per year…

      Masahiro Tanaka was Brian “Call Me ‘Steve’ When We’re In Public” Cashman’s youngest pickup since Louise Meanwell, who told him she was 29…

    6. Raf
      January 26th, 2014 | 12:34 pm

      Weird seeing CJ Nitowski in a suit. Pretty cool guy. He has been blogging for a while. Worth checking out, though I haven’t followed much since the redesign.

      http://www.cjbaseball.com/

    7. PHMDen
      January 26th, 2014 | 1:27 pm

      Evan3457 wrote:

      Prove to me that it’s the pitching, and not the hitting, which determines who wins… Pitching of one team, and hitting of the opponent is two halves (sic) of the same coin.

      “‘The signing of Tanaka] is huge, man. The game is pitching,’ [Derek] Jeter told the Associated Press [on Jan. 24, 2013]…”
      @ Evan3457:
      BTW, the expression is “two ‘sides’ of the same coin,” not “two ‘halves’…”

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