Japanese star Shohei Otani won’t play in World Baseball Classic

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Shohei Otani, the 22-year-old rising star known in baseball circles asthe "Japanese Babe Ruth, has a rightankle injury that will prevent him from playing for his https://www.cubsedge.com/chicago-cubs/anthony-rizzo-jersey country in the World Baseball Cla sic, according to theTokyo Sports Pre s.The report saidHideki Kuriyama, Otani'smanager on theHokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters, announced the news Tuesday.MORE:Every MLB team's worst postseason memory, revisitedOtani's absence surely will disappoint MLB scouts hoping to catch a glimpse of his two-way talentagainst big league competition.The 6-3 right-hander, whosefastball hasbeen clocked at 100 mph, went10-4 https://www.cubsedge.com/chicago-cubs/brandon-morrow-jersey as a starting pitcher for the Fighters in 2016, striking out 11.2 batters per nine inningswith a 1.86 ERA, but he does plenty of damage https://www.cubsedge.com/chicago-cubs/billy-williams-jersey at the plate as well. He also batted .322 with22 home runs and 67 RBIs.Otani'sunique dual threat capabilities should make for an impre sive bidding war when he makes the jump to MLB, which could come as soon as2018.But baseball fans won't get their sneak peakduring the March622 tournament as anticipated.

Shohei Otani, the 22-year-old rising star known in baseball circles asthe “Japanese Babe Ruth, has a rightankle injury that will prevent him from playing for his https://www.cubsedge.com/chicago-cubs/anthony-rizzo-jersey country in the World Baseball Cla sic, according to theTokyo Sports Pre s.The report saidHideki Kuriyama, Otani’smanager on theHokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters, announced the news Tuesday.MORE:Every MLB team’s worst postseason memory, revisitedOtani’s absence surely will disappoint MLB scouts hoping to catch a glimpse of his two-way talentagainst big league competition.The 6-3 right-hander, whosefastball hasbeen clocked at 100 mph, went10-4 https://www.cubsedge.com/chicago-cubs/brandon-morrow-jersey as a starting pitcher for the Fighters in 2016, striking out 11.2 batters per nine inningswith a 1.86 ERA, but he does plenty of damage https://www.cubsedge.com/chicago-cubs/billy-williams-jersey at the plate as well. He also batted .322 with22 home runs and 67 RBIs.Otani’sunique dual threat capabilities should make for an impre sive bidding war when he makes the jump to MLB, which could come as soon as2018.But baseball fans won’t get their sneak peakduring the March622 tournament as anticipated.

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