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The Book on Shohei Otani
Prospect Info and Scouting Report
Shohei Otani / RHP, Japan
827 | 4/15/2013
ScoutingBook Combine Ranking (12/18/2014): #975
MiLB.com Season Preview: Unranked or n/a
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Total professional at-bats: .
Total professional innings pitched: .
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.
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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.