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Shohei Ohtani attended Hanamaki Higashi High School in Iwate Prefecture, Northern Japan. He pitched a 160 km/h (99 mph) fastball as an 18-year-old high school pitcher. He threw the pitch in the Japanese national high school baseball championship tournament, commonly called Summer Koshien. In the 2012 18U Baseball World Championship, Ohtani had an 0–1 win–loss recordwith 16 strikeouts, eight walks, five hits, five runs, and a 4.35 earned run average in 10⅓ innings pitched. Ohtani expressed a desire to move directly to the major leagues after high school and received interest from numerous teams including the Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers. On October 21, 2012, he announced that he would pursue a career in Major League Baseball rather than turn professional in Japan. The Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters decided to draft him anyway, knowing that there was a high likelihood he would not play for them. But after a month-long negotiation between him an...
Los Angeles Angels
On December 8, 2017, Ohtani agreed to a deal with the Los Angeles Angels. The deal was finalized the next day. On December 13, it was revealed that Ohtani was diagnosed with a first-degree UCL sprain in his right elbow. He received a platelet-rich plasmainjection to treat the injury.
2012 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup
Ohtani was selected to Japan's Under-18 National Team that eventually finished in sixth place at the 18U Baseball World Championshipin Seoul, Korea.
2015 WBSC Premier12
In the 2015 Premier12, Ohtani earned a bronze medal with the Samurai Japan National Baseball Team. He was the ace of Japan's pitching staff, which featured Kenta Maeda. As the number one starter, Ohtani made two pitching appearances for Japan, both against the Republic of Korea, winning Game 1 of the opening round and getting a no-decision in the semifinals. Ohtani was subsequently named to the 2015 World Baseball Softball ConfederationAll-World Team and was named the 2015 WBSC Baseball Playe...
2017 World Baseball Classic
Ohtani was on the 28-man roster for the Japan National Baseball Team of the 2017 World Baseball Classic, but was forced to withdraw due to an ankle injury.
Awards and exhibition team selections
1. American League Rookie of the Year(2018) 2. ESPY Award for Best Major League Baseball Player(2021)
Ohtani is a 6-foot-4-inch (1.93 m), 210-pound (95 kg) right-handed starting pitcher. With an overhand delivery, he throws a four-seam fastball averaging 97 miles per hour (156 km/h) topping out at 102.5 mph (165 km/h), an 86–88-mile-per-hour (138–142 km/h) forkball with late diving action, an occasional curveball, and a solid slider at 82–84 miles per hour (132–135 km/h). He posted a BB/9 (walks per 9 innings rate) of 3.3 in his NPB career. Ohtani has been compared to Justin Verlanderby some...
Batting and fielding
Ohtani is a left-handed batter. He is a designated hitter and occasional outfielder known for being able to hit with home-run power.Scouts have timed Ohtani running from the batter's box to first base in as little as 3.8 seconds.
As of July 2021[update], Ohtani has an estimated MLB league-leading $6 million in annual endorsement deals. His endorsement deals include Asics, Descente, JAL Airlines, Nishikawa Co., and Seiko Watch in Japan and Hugo Boss, New Era[disambiguation needed], Panini[disambiguation needed], Fanatics, Oakley[disambiguation needed] and Toppsin the United States.Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or Baseball-Reference (Minors), or RetrosheetShohei Ohtani on Instagram
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