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Just saw this on MLB trade rumors thought you might find it interesting.
Definitely need to keep Uehara and sign this kid. The Rangers can be the Japanese team of America. Maybe even some decent sushi and ramen at the ballpark.
Damn, wouldn't that be nice. Are there any amateur rankings out on this kid?
6'4" height, 190 lbs, consistently throws 99mph, idolizes Yu Darvish!
I'm sure the Rangers are keeping tabs on this kid. But the Japanese are very anti-player over there, which is why they hoard their talent for so long and have the posting fee business and blah blah blah. We may not see this kid become available to the posting system for another 4 or 5 years.
I didn't realize he wasn't with a team, so disregard everything I mentioned above.
I'd try to get him and stash him in AA for a year. This kid is good, but needs a couple years in MiLB. I wish there was a database of stats for Japanese players or at least a good scouting report.
Definitely need to keep Uehara and sign this kid.I wonder if Uehara still wants out of Texas.
That would be really cool to have him. I mean, besides being the Japanese team in MLB, Texas has a diversity of players. The Rangers international scouting is absolutely top notch. Snagging guys like Profar, Odor, Darvish, and Beras. I'm sure if this Otani fellow wants to be in the Majors, we have a very strong chance of getting him and grooming him.
And I certainly hope Koji comes back. He was as reliable as any reliever in the game this season and our bullpen is going to be weak without a guy of his caliber.
Nompton, you're right. There's a database for NPB players but unfortunately not for Japanese high-schoolers. Pretty lame.
Here's a video of Otani throwing 3 fastballs at 99:
I can die now. I've seen an 18 yr old throw a fastball. Take me Lord.
"I can die now. I've seen an 18 yr old throw a fastball. Take me Lord."
Please? Then you can troll hell.
Would a signing bonus go against our international allocation? Or is Japan not included in that?
Just looked it up. Would go against $2.9 million international budget.
I'm just going by memory, so I might be completely off base, but isn't there a lot of social stigma for Japanese players to stay in japan until posting? And I vaguely remember something about the Japanese leagues essentially banning them for life if they skip the process and sign with America early.
It almost has to be social, right? Because otherwise why would guys like Darvish consent to giving $50 mil + of their value to the team. japan seems pretty free, I dont think he'd risk imprisonment if he'd just left early
FWIW, apparently Uehara turned down a trade to the A's this last offseason when we were shopping him.
This from his blog a few weeks ago, where he said he wanted to show well to the team that had wanted him just as a matter of pride (we were opening a series vs. A's then). The meaning of the translation was pretty clear.
I knew Uehara had turned down the Jays for a trade but apparently the A's too.
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This could be an interesting situation to keep up with. Possibly precedent setting. I'm not sure if theres a stigma against kids going to MLB right out of hs in japan, or what it is, but it does seem pretty rare. If MLB can recruit guys straight outta hs, they can bypass the posting process of NPB (at least on the highly visible prospects). The international cap could definitely hurt teams that are trying to do that though. Very interesting story to keep up with for those who like staying on the cutting edge of prospect development.
Seems good. How many kids can throw that hard at 18?
Lighten up son! Beginning to think you're the troll. If I'm not mistaken others are allowed to post.
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An 18-year old throwing 100 mph... That's pretty damn special, no matter how old a pitcher is, but it doesn't guarantee that Shohei Otani would progress into a solid MLB pitcher, but with such an electric arm, Otani is just oozing with crazy potential.
By the way, does anybody know Otani has any offspeed pitches in his repertoire? Typically, I know Japanese pitchers are groomed to have a wide assortment of pitches, but with a 100 mph fastball, I could picture Otani's offspeed pitches being behind in development because he probably hasn't ever needed them. Just a thought.
What you have to understand about this kid as compared to say Darvish is that hes coming straight outta HS. He hasnt been developed yet by an NPB club. Hes very raw and still has alot of developing to do. He wouldnt go straight to the majors or anything. He would spend time on the farm like a typical HS drafted prospect where he would develop his offspeed pitches because yea, especially in hs, he probably hasnt had to work on them much. Nor has he had to work on pitch sequencing. If he does decide to come over here, we wont seem him for at LEAST 2-3 years.
Does anyone know what he would get paid if he played in the NPB? If he comes over here at 18, it would mean he wouldn't likely hit Free Agency until about 25 (similar to Darvish in that regard). Would being able to negotiate your second contract free of posting fees be enough to compensate for making relatively little until that point? If it is, I would think he'll come over. If it's close though, he might want to go the Darvish route and become a national hero over there first.
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