Shota Imanaga

SP · Chicago Cubs

Bats L Throws L
DOB 1993-09-01 Age 30.6
Hometown Kitakyushu, Japan
2024 Fantasy Rankings

NFBC ADP (15-team): 10.11, 146th

Season Projections

SourceFPtsGSIPWLQSKBBHHRHBPRERERAWHIP
ATC329.227153.498111554414321672663.871.21
Draft Buddy351.029162.0108121634615122676703.891.22
Steamer396.229177.91110171804816724682763.801.19
THE BAT266.326135.78991374213323574694.491.28
Zeile336.327157.49813158441482200693.921.21

ATC projections by Ariel Cohen. Draft Buddy projections by Mike MacGregor. Steamer projections by Steamer Projections Blog. THE BAT projections by Derek Carty. Zeile Consensus projections by FantasyPros.

Fantasy Baseball News Last 90 Days

  • Shota Imanaga Dominant In Third Outing

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    Shota Imanga was dominant in his third start of the season as the right-hander went 5.1 innings allowing one run, zero earned in a 4-1 win for the Chicago Cubs. Imanga struck out four in the outing to keep his ERA at 0.00 through three starts. Imanga left the game in the top of the sixth with runners on third and second after back-to-back walks and a groundout moved the runners. The Cubs bullpen was able to get out of it and give Imanga the win who improved to 2-0 on the season.

    Apr 14 · Source via Chicago Cubs Shota Imanaga
  • Offseason In Review: Chicago Cubs

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    The Cubs retained Cody Bellinger at a bargain price, replaced Marcus Stroman, found a potential first base solution, and supplemented their bullpen - all while staying below the first competitive balance tax threshold. Major League Signings Cody Bellinger, CF/1B: three years, $80MM.  2025 and '26 seasons are player options. Shota Imanaga, SP: four years, $53MM. ...

    Apr 2 · MLB Trade Rumors Offseason Chicago Cubs Cody Bellinger Shota Imanaga
  • Shota Imanaga Dazzles In First Start

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    Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Shota Imanaga made an excellent first impression in his regular-season debut, earning the win in a 5-0 game against the Rockies. Imanaga pitched six innings, allowing just two hits and no walks with nine strikeouts. The 30-year-old brought high expectations with him from Japan and delivered on them in his first big-league start. His next scheduled start will be much tougher in a home matchup against the Dodgers. Fantasy managers may be hesitant to trust him, but his clout from Japan and first-start success could justify sending him out for the matchup.

    Apr 2 · Source via Chicago Cubs Shota Imanaga
  • Shota Imanaga Punches Out Nine On Thursday

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    Chicago Cubs left-hander Shota Imanaga struck out nine Oakland Athletics hitters as part of a stellar effort in Cactus League action on Thursday. The Japanese import signed a four-year, $53 million deal with the Cubs this winter but wasn't at his best across his first two starts this spring. Imanaga allowed five earned runs across his first two starts and 5 1/3 innings but still managed to strike out 10 in that time. After his nine punchouts in 4 1/3 scoreless innings on Thursday, he has now racked up an eye-popping 19 punchouts against just a pair of walks in 9 2/3 spring frames to this point. He struck out 174 across 148 innings with Yokohama last season and projects for a 24.2% K% and a 3.88 ERA across 26 starts by ATC for the 2024 campaign.

    Mar 14 · Source via Chicago Cubs Shota Imanaga
  • Shota Imanaga Roughed Up In Spring Debut

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    Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Shota Imanaga allowed three runs and three hits, including one home run, over 2.1 innings of work during his Spring Training debut against the Los Angeles Dodgers last Saturday. On a more positive note, he struck out five batters and did not issue a walk. One of this offseason's most appealing free agent pitchers and the consensus No. 2 pitcher signed from Japan this offseason, behind Yoshinobu Yamamoto Imanaga didn't look perfect by any means during his first outing. However, he flashed impressive control and was quite efficient, tossing just 21 pitches over his two-plus frames. Look for the 30-year-old southpaw to be a key piece of Chicago's rotation this year.

    Mar 6 · Source via Chicago Cubs Shota Imanaga
  • Shota Imanaga To Make Spring Debut Saturday

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    Chicago Cubs left-hander Shota Imanaga will make his Cactus League debut on Saturday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Cubs signed the Japanese southpaw to a four-year, $53 million deal in the offseason, and the 30-year-old will be locked into a starting rotation spot in Chicago in his first year in the States. Imanaga isn't a hard thrower by any means, but he's crafty and has excellent command of his pitches. In 148 innings in Nippon Professional Baseball last year, he had a nice 2.80 ERA and 1.05 WHIP with 174 strikeouts. Imanaga isn't expected to be as dominant with the Cubs in his first season, and how productive he'll be overall could depend on how much he's able to keep the ball out of the air at Wrigley Field. Still, he has excellent stuff and is worth a late-round flier in mixed fantasy leagues for rotation depth.

    Feb 29 · Source via Chicago Cubs Shota Imanaga
  • The Cubs' Fifth Starter Competition

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    With left-hander Shota Imanaga poised to join Justin Steele, Jameson Taillon, and Kyle Hendricks in the Cubs’ rotation in place of Marcus Stroman this season after the veteran righty signed with the Yankees last month, one spot remains open in the club’s starting rotation with pitchers and catchers set to report to camp for Spring…

    Feb 11 · MLB Trade Rumors Prospects Chicago Cubs Javier Assad Ben Brown Kyle Hendricks Porter Hodge Cade Horton Shota Imanaga Caleb Kilian Drew Smyly Justin Steele Jameson Taillon Hayden Wesneski Jordan Wicks
  • Pitching Stats

    SeasonTeamFPtsGSIPWLQSKBBHHRHBPRERERAWHIP
    2024CHC47.3311.1201132700100.000.79
    2024 ATC329.227153.498111554414321672663.871.21
    2024 Draft Buddy351.029162.0108121634615122676703.891.22
    2024 Steamer396.229177.91110171804816724682763.801.19
    2024 THE BAT266.326135.78991374213323574694.491.28
    2024 Zeile336.327157.49813158441482200693.921.21

    Historic stats obtained free of charge from and are copyrighted by Retrosheet. ATC projections by Ariel Cohen. Draft Buddy projections by Mike MacGregor. Steamer projections by Steamer Projections Blog. THE BAT projections by Derek Carty. Zeile Consensus projections by FantasyPros.

    2024

    WeekOppFPtsGSIPWLQSKBBHHRHBPRERERAWHIP
    3at SEA19.315.110042500100.001.31
    2vs LAD, vs COL28.026.010190200000.000.33

    2024

    DateOppResultFPtsGSIPWLQSKBBHHRHBPRERERAWHIP
    Apr 13at SEAW 4-119.315.110042500100.001.31
    Apr 7vs LAD- -0.010.00000000000
    Apr 1vs COLW 5-028.016.010190200000.000.33
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