Masahiro Tanaka

New York Yankees

Pitch Repertoire At-A-Glance

Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2021, Masahiro Tanaka threw 15,518 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2014 and 2020, all of them occuring in the MLB Regular Season. In 2020, he relied primarily on his Slider (84mph), Splitter (87mph) and Fourseam Fastball (92mph), also mixing in a Sinker (92mph) and Curve (75mph). He also rarely threw a Cutter (89mph).


In 2020, compared to other RHP:
His slider has primarily 12-6 movement and results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' sliders. His splitter generates fewer whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' splitters, is much firmer than usual, results in many more groundballs compared to other pitchers' splitters and has slight armside fade. His fourseam fastball generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' fourseamers and has essentially average velo. His sinker is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' sinkers, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' sinkers and has slight armside run. His curve is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' curves, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers' curves, has primarily 12-6 movement and has slightly below average velo. His cutter (take this with a grain of salt because he's only thrown 7 of them in 2020) is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' cutters, is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers' cutters, has surprisingly little cutting action and has some natural sink.