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The Book on Shohei Otani
Prospect Info and Scouting Report
Shohei Otani / RHP, Japan
781 | 1/1/2015
ScoutingBook Combine Ranking (5/24/2016): #837
MiLB.com Season Preview: Unranked or n/a
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Minor League Ball (Sickels): Unranked or n/a
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Baseball Prospectus: Unranked or n/a
Total professional at-bats: .
Total professional innings pitched: .
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News and Notes
12/13/2011 by DataBoy
Shohei Otani, who made no secret of his preference to break the Japanese draft by signing with a US team instead, has changed his mind. Otani will report to his NHB team after all, the Nippon Ham Fighters. The Fighters apparently convinced Otani that his road to a successful career would be much easier and lower risk in Japan.