Via Reading Between the Seams:
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.
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.