Kensuke Tanaka

#65 LF / Texas Rangers / EXP: 1YRS / MINORS Height: 5-9 Weight: 170 lb Age: 34 College: None Bats/Throws L/R

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    • by Marty Gitlin |

      Kensuke Tanaka let go by Rangers

      The Rangers have released outfielder Kensuke Tanaka, who has not appeared in a major league game this season after earning 30 at-bats with San Francisco in 2013. The 33-year-old Tanaka was batting .258 at Triple-A Round Rock before getting dispatched.

    • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

      Kensuke Tanaka back on spring roster

      Rangers infielder Kensuke Tanaka was added back to the spring roster Monday in the wake of the news second baseman Jurickson Profar will be out 10-12 weeks with a shoulder injury. The Rangers are looking at all their internal options to replace Profar at second base.

    • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

      Nick Tepesch among Rangers demoted to minors

      The Rangers made a slew of roster moves Monday, which included demoting pitcher Nick Tepesch to Triple-A Round Rock so he can continue to start. The Rangers also reassigned pitchers Cory Burns, Miles Mikolas and Daniel Bard, catchers Patrick Cantwell and Brett Nicholas, infielders Kensuke Tanaka and Andy Parrino and outfielders Brad Snyder and Bryan Peterson to minor-league camp.

    • by R.J. White |

      Rangers, Kensuke Tanaka agree to minor-league deal

      The Rangers have agreed to a minor-league deal with outfielder/second baseman Kensuke Tanaka that includes an invitation to spring training, reports. Spending his first year stateside in 2013, Tanaka, 32, went 8 for 30 for the Giants last season while hitting .329/.400/.397 with one home run, 32 RBI and 22 stolen bases in 343 at-bats with Triple-A Fresno.

    • by Chris Cwik |

      Kensuke Tanaka released by Giants

      Giants utility man Kensuke Tanaka has been released Thursday. Tanaka was designated for assignment Tuesday, but the team chose to get rid of him. He was hitting a solid .329/.400/.397 line at Triple-A, and could be picked up by another club.

    • by Igor Mello |

      Giants make few moves before Tuesday's game

      The Giants designated Kensuke Tanaka and Dan Runzler for assignment Tuesday in order to make room for Heath Hembree and Johnny Monell on the 40-man roster, according to the Mercury News.

    • by Jeff Lippman |

      Kensuke Tanaka optioned to Triple-A

      The Giants have optioned Kensuke Tanaka to Triple-A Fresno Monday, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The 32-year-old outfielder posted a .267 batting average over 30 at-bats with two RBI.

    • by Al Melchior | Data Analyst

      Kensuke Tanaka needs more Fantasy owners

      Kensuke Tanaka has been up with the Giants for nine games now, and he has started seven of those, but he has gone largely unnoticed in Fantasy circles. His platoon status and .614 OPS is probably off-putting to owners combing the waiver wire, but he could really be of use in NL-only leagues and even some mixed leagues. Tanaka is hitting just .269 with no extra base hits, and while he probably won't hit for much power, he has the contact skills to be a .300 hitter. Though he has stolen just one base to date, his 20 steals in 78 games at Triple-A Fresno hints at the potential for a Ben Revere-like contribution. Nando Di Fino implored owners a couple of weeks back to pick up Tanaka, at least in NL-only leagues, but he continues to be largely unowned even in those deep formats. He should post a good walk-to-strikeout ratio, is on the meaty side of a left field platoon with Jeff Francoeur, and is second base-eligible, so Tanaka has appeal beyond the deepest of Rotisserie formats.

    • by Igor Mello |

      Jeff Francoeur will join Giants Saturday

      Giants outfielder Jeff Francoeur, who recently signed a minor-league deal, is expected to be promoted from Triple-A Fresno Saturday, according to Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. He and Kensuke Tanaka will platoon in left field, manager Bruce Bochy said.

    • by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer

      Is Kensuke Tanaka worth an add?

      The Giants quietly called up Kensuke Tanaka Tuesday and started him in left field, batting him second in the lineup. He responded with a leaping outfield catch and his first major-league hit. Tanaka, a second baseman by trade, was hitting .330 in the minors, with 20 steals, a .392 OBP, and 43 runs scored (along with 15 errors at second base, which justified the move to the outfield). But will Tanaka have any staying power in San Francisco? The problem here is one of playing time. With Jeff Francoeur expected to join the team later this week, Tanaka may see a squeeze. However, the Giants have lost eight of their last 10 and desperately need a spark -- Tanaka, 32, could be that player (as could Francoeur, but just play along here for now). Tanaka gets on base, has some nice speed, and is a bit of a veteran presence, having played since he was 19 in Japan's Pacific League. I'm adding Tanaka -- who is eligible at second base -- in most of my NL-only leagues as a bench player. If Francoeur struggles, we could see Tanaka get a good amount of at-bats in the second half, which should allow him to help in average and steals. I wouldn't go crazy in anything shallower right now, but he's worth keeping an eye on, especially for a team struggling at middle infield.

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