Japanese pitching prospect Shohei Otani announced that he will pursue a career in MLB rather than turn professional in Japan, according to the Associated Press. The Red Sox, Rangers, and Dodgers have all sent representatives to Japan to meet with Otani recently and the Orioles are also said to have interest in the right-hander.
"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," said the 18-year-old.
Otani, who stands at 6'4" and weighs 190 pounds, has a strong fastball that has been clocked in the 99-100 mph range. If Otani signs with a major league club, he'll be the first potential top NPB draft pick to make the direct jump from high school in Japan to the U.S.
Also, as per Rosenthal:
I’ll believe Justin Upton will be a Diamondback in 2013 when I see him in an Arizona uniform on Opening Day.
Spoken like a true Sharks fan, getting excited for division championship banners.
Good one. Haha.
Not every fan has to see their teams win the championship every year to enjoy their accomplishments. My point was that the Angels and Rangers were ranked to finish much better than the A's this past season, too, and look who won the division.
I don't know why that's so outrageous; in an injury plagued season, they still ended up with the best record in the AL last year. You shouldn't let a brutal ALCS make you forget the 167 games that came before it.