YES to air telecast of 2013 Masahiro Tanaka Nippon Professional League game on Monday, Feb. 10
YES' Yankees analysts Ken Singleton, John Flaherty and Al Leiter recently viewed Tanaka's performance against Yomiuri during the June 9, 2013 game telecast. Below are their scouting reports:
- His fastball looks like it has a little more movement than I heard it did. It sinks in a bit on right-handed hitters; not enough to call it a sinker, but enough that the hitter will pay attention. He threw a lot of sliders-cutters in this game. It looks like he has a lot of confidence in it and he threw it for strikes when he was behind in the count. That tells me that this is his off-speed pitch that a catcher can call anytime and have confidence that it will be a strike. Kind of a get-me-back-in-the-count pitch.
- His curve ball might not be a strikeout pitch, but it could be used for a get-me-over strike on the first pitch of an at-bat. The split looks like the best swing-and-a-miss pitch for him. I thought he would throw it more but he picked his spots in this game. You can see how a catcher will go to that pitch when the game is on the line.
- His delivery is simple and he loads up on his back leg well. He is quick to the plate out of the stretch, so Brian McCann is going to love that. It also looks like he is a good athlete and fields his position well.
I was impressed with his control. He is constantly working the corners with all of his pitches. Tanaka has enough fastball, a good curve, a slider and a top-shelf splitter. He was not afraid to use his curve and slider when behind in the count. All his pitches were quality
- I think Masahiro Tanaka's repertoire and "stuff" plays very well. His fastball velocity will sit at the 91-93mph mark and occasional touch 95. He has a very good split that has great late action with good velocity. His split finger is his main secondary pitch and his slider is better than his curveball.
- I really like his mound presence and disposition. He pitches with a fire in his belly and is emotionally involved.
- I think Tanaka can be a front-end starter once he gets acclimated to the routine of American baseball.