Farrell expressed his excitement to see Japanese pitching sensation Shohei Otani in action this week, as Boston’s manager and 29 major league players arrived in Osaka on Sunday and will play a five-game series against Japan starting Wednesday.
Farrell, who is managing the MLB squad, singled out Otani as the player he is most interested in seeing.
“We know the players on this roster are all going to be talented,” Farrell said at a media conference Monday. “Personally, I’m looking forward to seeing Otani pitch. A young guy who has got a tremendous arm, very good stuff.”
The 20-year-old right-hander went 11-4 with 179 strikeouts and a 2.61 ERA this season for the Nippon Ham Fighters. Otani also plays the outfield for the Fighters and posted a respectable .274 batting average with 10 home runs and 31 RBIs in 87 games.
Otani is expected to pitch Game 5 in front of his home crowd at Sapporo Dome "
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