If you looked at some general managers’ calendars for November, there’s a good chance you’d find Wednesday the 12th circled.
That was the day Japanese pitcher Kenta Maeda two-hit a loaded Major League Baseball All-Stars lineup over five innings in Game 1 of the Japan All-Star Series, offering a preview of what should be expected in 2015 should he be posted this offseason.
Whether the 26-year-old right-hander pursues a career in MLB is beyond his control, though, as only his Nippon Professional Baseball team, the Hiroshima Carp, can authorize his posting. As of now, the team hasn’t made any decisions pertaining to Maeda’s future.
Regardless, Maeda’s strong showing against big league hitters last week reinforced his reputation as a pitcher ready to make the jump to the major leagues, and it almost goes without saying he improved his potential free-agent stock.