Japanese high school pitcher will enter MLB draft

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Japanese pitcher Shohei Otani will forgo playing in Japan to play in the United States

Japanese high school phenom pitcher Shohei Otani will forgo playing professional baseball in Japan, in hopes to have a career in Major League Baseball. Otani was expected to be chosen first in Thursday’s amateur draft in Japan. Shohei Otani is just 18-years-old and has always dreamed of playing baseball professionally in the United States.

Via ESPN:

The 18-year-old Otani said “I think I will start in the minor leagues but I want to challenge in the majors. It’s been my dream since entering high school.

Shohei Otani is a 6-foot-4 right-hander who can dial-up his fastball as high as 100 mph. He has been scouted by several major league teams including the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox. If Otani signs with a major league team, he would become the first top draft pick to make the jump from a Japanese high school to the United States.

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