2013 Fantasy Baseball: SP Masahiro Tanaka Likely Coming To MLB

By Adam McGill
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With Yu Darvish of the Texas Rangers currently lead Cy Young votes in the American League, every fantasy baseball owner will be looking for the next Japanese hurler to lock up in dynasty leagues.

Well, the next pitcher to stash away from Japan is Masahiro Tanaka of Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles. The righty, affectionately nicknamed Ma-kun, has been dominating Nippon Professional Baseball.

Tanaka has been untouchable this season, which is evident by his perfect 17-0 record. He also has a 1.20 ERA with 133 strikeouts in 158 innings pitched. He has made the All-Star game all five years he has been in the NPB and was even awarded the Eiji Sawamura Award in 2011 for being the best pitcher in the league.

Ma-kun has a very strong fastball that averages mid-90’s and can even max out at around 96 MPH. He loves to makes batters reach for one and then come right back inside to brush them back. Tanaka also has a beautiful slider. He uses it rather consistently and when he throws it the bottom just falls out. The action on it has been impossible for Japanese hitters to track and has been the pitch he has used the most to rack up strikeouts.

Tanaka has all the potential to become a strong second starter next season. The New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers, and Minnesota Twins are all trying to sign the 25-year-old international fire-baller.  One thing if certain, though, and that is that Ma-kun will be the next fantasy superstar to come from across the ocean.

If you are already out of contention this season, or simply have an open roster spot, I would consider adding this international prospect now in dynasty leagues and carrying him over to next season.



Adam McGill is the Senior Fantasy Sports Writer at Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @adammcgill83, like him on Facebook, or add him to you networks on Google here or here.

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