Shohei Ohtani (29, Los Angeles Angels), who was about to graduate from high school in 2012, immediately pushed for a trip to the United States. He thought of going to the major leagues to take on the challenge without going through Japanese professional baseball. He hardened his mind after meeting with officials from the Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox. He announced, “I want to challenge myself even if I risk my life in the minor leagues.”

However, Nippon Ham Fighters aggressively persuaded Ohtani after pushing through. Even Japanese national team coach Hideki Kuriyama (61), who was leading Nippon Ham at the time, came forward and promised to support the “Tuta” Lee Do-ryu.

In Nippon Ham, where Ohtani grew up, ‘Lee Do-ryu’, a pitcher and hitter, appeared. It is Yazawa Gota (23), a left-handed left-handed pitcher and outfielder.

Yazawa, like Ohtani, joined the team as the first pick in the rookie draft. He did not receive his pro nomination during high school, so he went to college. He began pitching and hitting in earnest from his third year at Nihon University. He was very active as a pitcher and hitter, and was selected as the best nine respectively. In the fall league of his senior year, he appeared in seven games as a pitcher and posted an earned run average of 1.42.

From the spring camp in his first year as a pro, it is a ‘double sword’ operation. 메이저놀이터

A practice match against Chiba Lotte Marines on the 23rd. Yazawa took the mound as the 5th pitcher in the 7th inning and recorded 1 hit and 1 run in 1 inning. He threw a slider to the first batter, which resulted in a double to right field. In the ensuing 2nd and 3rd base, the follow-up hitter was induced to ground to 1st base, but a defensive mistake came out. 1 run. The next batter was treated as a ground ball to second base and the inning ended. 15 pitches.

In the spring camp, I trained mainly for beasts. He got his first real game as a hitter. On the 19th, in a practice game against the Rakuten Eagles, he started as the second designated hitter and recorded 3 hits and 1 RBI in 3 at-bats. He has gone 5-for-7 in his foreign games so far.

He said he wanted to contribute to the team as a pitcher and investment from his first year.

‘Pitcher’ Yazawa throws a fastball, slider, and changeup with a maximum speed of 152 km/h. Yazawa, the ‘batter’, is a hotajun tribe with good power and quick feet. The biggest difference from Ohtani is the physical condition. Ohtani is 1m93 tall, but Yazawa is 1m73.

Like Ohtani, who broke the common sense of modern baseball, can Yazawa succeed?

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