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The Book on Shohei OtaniJapan

Prospect Info and Scouting Report

Shohei Otani / RHP, Japan
Born 7/5/1994
Iwate, Japan

Height 6-4
Weight 190
Bats/Throws L/R
827 | 4/15/2013

0 0 0 0 0

Total professional at-bats: .

Shohei Otani is a tall teenager with a plus-plus fastball and advanced breaking stuff. Drafted in Japan by the Nippon Ham Fighters in the fall of 2012, Shohei's threatened to not sign, and to jump immediately to America instead, where the Red Sox, Yankees and Dodgers (among others) were salivating. Ultimately he relented, and will remain in Japan for the near future. A very high-ceiling prospect nonetheless, he's already flirted with a triple digit fastball while showing exceptional movement with his slider. His curve, of the looping 75mph variety, also shows plus movement. Command is a big concern, as it often is with young pitchers, and Shohei's success in professional baseball will be very contingent on the coaching he receives.


Pitching Stats 1.00000
2014 19 - Japan Nippon Ham 9 1 16 16 105.0 84 30 27 127 2 1 1.057 10.9 2.3 4.70
2013 18 - Japan Nippon Ham 3 0 13 11 61.2 57 30 33 46 8 2 1.459 6.7 4.8 1.39

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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.

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