Originally posted on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 10/23/12
The young man pictured above is Shohei Otani – the flame-throwing high school phenom out of Japan. The story about this kid is that he can dial it up to about 99 MPH on occasion at just 18 years old, and because of this, he has drawn instant comparisons to Yu Darvish. Patrick Newman at NPB Tracker says it best when he says, “Otani also has a similarly live arm, though with a little more velocity and a lot less polish than Darvish exhibited as a high schooler.” (You can read that article here if you are interested. It is a nice scouting report complete with some video.) I came across the small blurb on MLBTR about two days ago and he caught my attention. So now comes the matter of why this kid is so special. Apparently, he has been considering making the jump over to the MLB right away at 18 and skipping out on the NPB draft, which takes place in two days. This has basically been confirmed, but I do not want to jump on that statement. He creates a really interesting situation because...
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