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
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.
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