Source: Sox interested in Japanese pitching phenom

Source: Sox interested in Japanese pitching phenom
October 23, 2012, 8:26 pm
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BOSTON -- It could be weeks -- or even months -- before a resolution is reached, but, according to a baseball source, the Red Sox are one of the most interested teams in pursuit of Japanese phenom Shohei Otani, an 18-year old high school pitcher.

Otani has made it clear that he wishes to pitch in Major League Baseball.

"It's been my dream to play in the majors since I started school,'' Otani told a news agency recently. "I want to play over there as early as possible. I will learn the hard way. I understand the risks. It's not about the money. It's about following my dream."

Otani has been compared to Yu Darvish of the Texas Rangers, with a fastball in the mid-to-upper 90s.

The Japanese amateur draft is later this week and though Otani has signaled his intention to pitch in North America, it's possible he could still be drafted by a team in Nippon Professional Baseball, which would complicate his availability to an MLB team.

Other clubs said to have interest in Otani include the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees and Rangers.