A bit of a back-log. Nikkan Sports and Sanspo posted portions of the interview 1st round draft pick Shohei Otani's gave to reporters after his first Ichi-gun outing as a pitcher on the 23rd against Yakult at Sapporo Dome.
First, Nikkan Sports:
On your first outing.
I had a lot of fun. I am also grateful to my teammates for getting more out of jams.
On giving up two runs in the 2nd inning.
I was not throwing balls far enough out and they were hitting the pitches I was throwing for strikes. I should have been a little more careful and put a little more feeling into my pitches.
[Sho] Nakata's game-tying home run got you off the hook for a loss.
I think it is amazing when someone comes through in the clutch like that. As I watched the game from the dugout, there was a sense he might do something.
Did you gain anything from the outing, what are some things you need to work on.
I was effective when I used the fastball to keep hitters back and I was able to throw a few good sliders. I was able to throw with better accuracy when I was throwing hard. I had something of a difficult time throwing strikes when I needed them. I want to do a better job at pitching out of jams next time.
Source: Nikkan Sports 5/23/2013
Your challenge officials began today.
This is where [my career] begins. I will also probably see time as a position player, so I also want to make sure I hit the ball well.
How were things at the start?
The position players helped me out. It was good that I got away without allowing any runs.
You gave up two runs in the 2nd inning.
The pitches I threw for balls were not far enough out. I should have been a little more careful.
You struck out [Wladimir] Balentien twice.
I did my best to keep my pitches down. I got lucky with a couple of fat pitches.
What are some thing you need to work on?
Working the count, pitching out of the set position... I will address these kinds of things one by one.
Do you want to hit in games you pitch in?
I want to prepare myself so I can do both.
Source: Sanspo 5/24/2013