Sasaki decides to advance to American college baseball instead of NPB

Rintaro Sasaki (18), who was considered the biggest word in Japanese high school baseball, chose the U.S. college league over the NPB. 안전놀이터 추천

According to MLB and ESPN on the 11th, Sasaki decided to enter a U.S. university without submitting an application for the upcoming NPB Rookie Draft.

Sasaki, a giant 184cm tall and weighing 113kg, hit 140 home runs, the highest record in Japanese high school baseball history. The figure easily exceeds the previous record (111 home runs).

It seems that it is better to go directly to the MLB Rookie Draft through a U.S. university rather than earning a free agent (FA) qualification while living a professional life in Japan.

Sasaki, who attends Hanamaki Higashi High School in Iwate Prefecture, is a high school senior and junior to Major League Baseball superstar Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels.

His father Hiroshi Sasaki, a coach at the high school, is also Otani’s teacher.

ESPN said, “It is unclear how good Sasaki will perform against the best amateur pitchers in the United States,” adding, “Considering such uncertainty, Sasaki will be selected in about three rounds (in the Major League Rookie Draft).”

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