The Shohei Otani sweepstakes is currently taking over the baseball world, with Otani requesting a written letter from each team explaining why he should sign with them. The reigning Pacific League MVP will be posted in early December, with teams having three weeks to sign him.
Why is Otani so sought after? Because he can do this with his arm.
Shohei Ohtani 4-pitch K sequence vs. Mauro Gomez:— Sung Min Kim (@sung_minkim) November 26, 2017
101 mph FB - 87 mph SL - 88 mph SL - 100 mph FB pic.twitter.com/0k7ulp3L3i
And this with his bat
Shohei Otani, Japanese pitching/hitting dual-threat phenom, hit a ball that disappeared into the roof of the Tokyo Dome pic.twitter.com/Sm7AYflY5J— Joon Lee (@iamjoonlee) November 13, 2016
Video emerged this week of Otani showing signs of dominance as early as his middle school days. His smooth mechanics and blazing fastball are on display here, leaving this poor hitter without a chance.
Shohei Ohtani as a middle schooler: pic.twitter.com/7stQtBPFno— Sung Min Kim (@sung_minkim) November 25, 2017
Don’t feel bad of the hitter; his fate was similar to most of his teammates. Otani pitched six inning in this game, recording 17(!!) strikeouts. Shohei Otani, named the Japanese Babe Ruth, will be in the Major Leagues next year. The Otani sweepstakes will be interesting to follow in the coming months.