Get used to the name Shohei Otani, folks. You'll be hearing it for a long time. The Japanese right-hander today announced he will pursue a career in Major League Baseball.
What makes this situation different is he's just 18 years old. Usually, Japanese players are bound to play for the Nippon Professional Baseball League until their mid-to-late-20s, so to get a player of Otani's ability while he's still a teenager could mean great things for him and his team.
Here is some footage of Otani in action.
Otani seems to be excited about the prospect of playing Major League Baseball.
"'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.'"
The long-term imapct of Otani's decision on the NPB is unknown, but his decision could be the start of something new in Japan.
"Otani was expected to go in the first round of Thursday's amateur draft i...