A Major League Baseball pitcher for the Minnesota Twins, Kenta Maeda is a native of Japan. He has previously played for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball and the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of Nippon Professional Baseball.
With a 15-8 record, a 2.21 ERA, 174 strikeouts over 215+2/3 innings, six complete games, and two shutouts, he was the 2010 Eiji Sawamura Award winner.
In the same year, he also became the youngest pitcher in Japanese baseball history to win the Triple Crown. In 2015, he received the Sawamura Award a second time.
Maeda was chosen by the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of Japan in the 2006 NPB Draft out of PL Gakuen Senior High School (NPB).
Prior to being called up to the NPB squad in 2008, he competed in 2007 for the Carp’s minor league team. Maeda has a 9-2 record with a 3.20 earned run average (ERA) in 19 games during his debut season in 2008.
He made 29 starts in 2009 and went 8-14 with a 3.36 ERA. He had an even stronger year in 2010, going 15-8 with a 2.21 ERA and 174 strikeouts in 28 starts.
He had a record of 10–12, a 2.46 ERA, and 178 strikeouts in 31 games in 2011. Maeda’s 2012 campaign significantly improved, as he finished with a record of 14-7 and a 1.53 ERA in 29 starts.
In 26 starts in 2013, he had a record of 15-7 and a 2.10 ERA.
How Old Is Kenta Maeda?
Kenta Maeda is 34 years old. Maeda was born on April 11, 1988.