International Pacific University (part of the Chugoku University Baseball Federation) announced yesterday that 22-year-old OF Hirotoshi Onaka signed a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers.
Said Onaka, "I'm relieved to know what's next. I want to improve my strengths, like base-running, and work my way up to the Majors."
Rangers Pacific Rim Scout, Yuichi Furukawa, said that he fell in love with Onaka the minute he saw him and was excited about his future.
Onaka is a switch-hitter that stands 175cm and weighs 76kg. He's listed as running a 3.8 to first on bunts and has also been timed to run triples in under 11 seconds. Speed is his number one strength. Onaka also won an MVP Award this year and made the Best Nine Team (both for the Fall).