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Nippon Ham Fighters: Shohei Otani makes debut as a pitcher

by on Mar.10, 2013 @ 5:21 pm, under NPB

1st round draft pick Shohei Otani made his debut as a pitcher today in an Kyoiku League game against Yakult at Kamagaya.

Otani entered the game in the 6th and tossed two shutout innings while allowing one hit.  Of the twenty-three fastballs he threw, eight were in the 150km/h range.

Source: Daily Sports 3/10/2013

Otani told reporters that he threw his curve, slider, and fastball.  He also said he was throwing at seventy to eighty percent.

Source: Sponichi 3/10/2013

Otani threw thirty pitches.  Of the thirty, twenty-four were fastballs.  Outside of four that did not register, all were clocked at 145km/h or higher; eight over 150km/h.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/11/2013

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6th inning

Kusuki, Yusuke - first pitch was a fastball that topped 151km/h.  After that: ball, ball, foul, fould, ball.  Popped out to first on a 3-2, 149km/h fastball.

Kawabata, Shingo - first pitch was a fastball that topped 148km/h.  After that: ball, foul, foul.  Struck out swinging on a 1-2 slider.

Kawashima, Keizo - fouled off an 0-2, 152km/h fastball.  After that, ball, ball, ball.  Grounded out to short on a 3-2 fastball.

7th inning

Sato, Takanori - Ground out to the pitcher on a 1-1, 146km/h fastball.

Matsui, Jun - swung first pitch, a slider, and flied out to left.

Matsumoto, Yuichi - shallow double to left, left fielder dove and could not come up with the ball, on a 1-1 pitch.

Fujimoto, Atsushi - fouled off three straight pitches.  Struck out swinging on a 136km/h slider.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/10/2013