Shohoi Otani is a highly regarded pitcher from Japan and has recenty annouced he wants to move over to the MLB next season.
“The other day I met with team officials and stated my intentions,” Otani said. “My request was met with warm words of support, so I hope to do my best in America from next year on.”
Otani is just 23 years old, and won Pacific League MVP this past season. He was 3-2 with a 3.20 ERA. He also batted .332 in 65 games with 16 doubles, eight homeruns, and 31 RBI.
For his whole career, he is 42-15 with a 2.52 ERA and 624 strikeouts over five seasons. He accomplished all of this on the mound while producing at the plate as well. .286 batting average with 48 home runs and 166 RBI.
Major League Baseball teams are very exited about signing a star pitching with great hitting capabilities. It almost makes perfect sense for any National League team.
Otani has already ruled out a number of interested teams including: the Yankees, Red Sox, Nationals, Mets, Twins, Pirates, Brewers, Diamondbacks and Athletics. Teams still in the running with scheduled meetings with Otani include: the Dodgers, Angels, Padres, Mariners, Giants, Rangers and Cubs.
Statistics gathered from ESPN.com