International Notes: Kenta Maeda, Aledmys Diaz

We've seen a continued rise in the prices of international stars over the past few years, and the 2013-14 offseason has been no exception with Masahiro Tanaka leading to a $175MM expenditure from the Yankees and the Dodgers dishing out a combined $53MM for Cuban infielders Erisbel Arruebarrena and Alexander Guerrero. Here's the latest on the international front…

  • Joel Sherman of the New York Post wrote last week that there are split opinions on whether or not Japanese right-hander Kenta Maeda will be posted following the 2014 offseason. Maeda, 26 in April, has a career 2.41 ERA with 7.2 K/9 and 1.9 BB/9 in 1116 1/3 innings for the Hiroshima Carp. As Sherman notes, he's not as highly regarded as Tanaka or Yu Darvish, but Maeda is considered on of Japan's top two starters. He does have four years of team control remaining, so he's no guarantee to be posted.
  • NPB Tracker's Patrick Newman looks at Maeda's strengths and weaknesses, noting that Maeda has gone on record as saying he wants to pitch in Major League Baseball. Newman feels that Maeda can hack it as a mid-rotation arm in the Majors, praising his durability, solid fastball and ability to spot two offspeed pitches.
  • One club official who watched Cuban infielder Aledmys Diaz's last workout told Peter Gammons of that Diaz profiles as a utility infielder and may struggle at shortstop in the Majors (Twitter link). The Yankees have reportedly passed on Diaz, but multiple other clubs still have interest.

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2 Comments on "International Notes: Kenta Maeda, Aledmys Diaz"

1 year 6 months ago

I’ve followed Kenta Maeda for the past few years and I agree that he would make a nice middle of the rotation guy. He doesn’t issue walks, he has great command of all of his pitches, and he has a great understanding of how to pitch. I would love to see Maeda join a National League team because I feel like the league would suit his pitching style more, but I guess we’ll see what happens.

L.W. Hubbard
1 year 6 months ago

He’d be an Iwakuma type of guy. Solid.