Cash-rich Dodgers make pitch to high-school flamethrower Otani

 
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HANAMAKI, Japan, Sept. 20 (18:34) Kyodo

 
The Los Angeles Dodgers made a pitch for Japanese blue chip
Shohei Otani of Hanamaki Higashi High School on Thursday as assistant
general manager Logan White told coach Hiroshi Sasaki that he wants
to sign the right-hander after graduation.

White's meeting with Sasaki lasted for more than an hour and a
half at the school in Iwate Prefecture but Otani, who is set to
finish school in March and announced on Tuesday that he will turn
pro, did not attend.

Otani touched 160 kph on the gun during the regionals of this
summer's national championship, and has drawn interest from
professional teams both domestic and stateside.

Flush with cash under new ownership led by Stan Kasten and
fronted by former NBA star Magic Johnson, the Dodgers were the first
in line to woo the teenager who White likened to the team's Cy Young
lefty Clayton Kershaw and rated as one of the best prospects in the
world.

The New York Mets and the Boston Red Sox are also believed to be
interested in pursuing Otani.
 


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