With the U-18 Baseball World Cup being held in Osaka, many scouts from the Braves, Mariners, Reds and other major league clubs were watching closely from the seats behind home plate at Koshien Stadium during yesterday’s game between the Hanshin Tigers and Yakult Swallows. Naturally they got a good look at (Shintaro) Fujinami‘s strong showing. Said one MLB representative, “He’s got more than just a good fastball. His breaking ball is good, too. He’s making guys swing and miss. He’d do well in the majors.” The righty has spoken of going to the majors in the future before, and there’s no doubt he’s going to keep getting more and more attention in the years to come.
T-Ray is the founder, chief writer and Junior Executive Vice President of Hanshin Tigers English News (H-TEN). Find him on Twitter @thehanshintiger.