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65 Kensuke Tanaka LF
Height/Weight: 5-9/170 | Birthdate: 5/20/1981 | Birthplace: Fukuoka, Japan | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Texas | College: None | MLB Experience: 1 | Owned/Started%: 0/0 | Average Draft Position: 265.00
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Kensuke Tanaka let go by Rangers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) 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.


Kensuke Tanaka back on spring roster


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2014) 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.

Nick Tepesch among Rangers demoted to minors


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2014) 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.

Rangers, Kensuke Tanaka agree to minor-league deal


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2013) The Rangers have agreed to a minor-league deal with outfielder/second baseman Kensuke Tanaka that includes an invitation to spring training, NPBTracker.com 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.


Kensuke Tanaka released by Giants


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2013) 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.


Giants make few moves before Tuesday's game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2013) 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

Kensuke Tanaka optioned to Triple-A


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2013) 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. 

Kensuke Tanaka needs more Fantasy owners


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(7/22/2013) 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.


Jeff Francoeur will join Giants Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2013) 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.

Is Kensuke Tanaka worth an add?


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/10/2013) 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.


Kensuke Tanaka hits second in debut


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2013) Making his major-league debut in his team's 10-6 loss to the Mets Tuesday, Giants left fielder Kensuke Tanaka went 1 for 4 with a walk and a run while batting second. Tanaka, whose natural position is second base, also made a leaping catch at the left-field wall in the second inning.

Tanaka will only be used in the outfield after making several fielding miscues at second base during the spring, and he'll likely play regularly if he can contribute a spark to the team's offense.


Kensuke Tanaka joins Giants


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2013) The Giants purchased the contract of second baseman Kensuke Tanaka Tuesday, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Tanaka, 32, signed with the Giants this offseason. He hit .330/.392/.394 with no home runs, 24 RBI and stealing 20 bases in 27 attempts with Triple-A Fresno.


Kensuke Tanaka worth deep NL-only speculation?


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/25/2013) Giants minor leaguer Kensuke Tanaka, 31, isn't really a hot prospect, but after losing out on a utility job in spring training, he accepted an assignment to Fresno...and has been ripping the ball ever since. 

In 70 at-bats, Tanaka is hitting .357 with three doubles and four stolen bases. He has made a somewhat-alarming six errors, though, despite having been a relatively smooth fielder during his time in Japan. Still, Tanaka hit for average and showed nice speed while playing overseas, and is probably going to force some kind of issue this season. The problem is that the Giants are set at second base (Marco Scutaro) and shortstop (the red-hot Brandon Crawford). 

Tanaka may be worth an add in one specific scenario -- an NL-only Roto team crushed by the loss of a middile infielder like Adieny Hechavarria, with a bare waiver wire and little in the way of prospects. Tanaka may never see anythying more than utility at-bats, but his early returns at least indicate that he's offensively ready to produce if he gets a shot in the majors. 


Kensuke Tanaka heading back to minor-league camp


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2013) The Giants have re-assigned infielder Kensuke Tanaka to minor-league camp. Tanaka hit .229 with two RBI in 48 at-bats this spring. 

Kensuke Tanaka could have deep league value


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/18/2013) After a cold start this spring, Giants infielder Kensuke Tanaka has hit .281 in 32 March at-bats. And, maybe more importantly, he's shown some nice flexibility in playing shortstop, second base, and third base.

Tanaka looks like he may make the Giants as a utility infielder -- a role that could lead to 300 at-bats, based on Joaquin Arias' usage in 2012. Plus, if anything happens to Pablo Sandoval, Tanaka can play third. If Brandon Crawford struggles early, Tanaka can play shortstop (or Marco Scutaro can slide over, opening up second base for Tanaka).

Ready for a very deep sleeper? Meet Kensuke Tanaka -- an NL-only reserve pick who has played in Japan since 2000. Tanaka could see a decent amount of at-bats and provide good average and cheap speed if things break his way. 


Tanaka in mix for reserve spot


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/22/2013) Giants manager Bruce Bochy told the San Francisco Chronicle on Thursday that it is "fair to say" Kensuke Tanaka is among the top competitors for a reserve infield spot. Tanaka is locked in a battle with WIlson Valdez and Tony Abreu.