All you need to know about which team does star pitcher Roki Sasaki plays for apart from representing Japan.
Star Japanese pitcher Roki Sasaki doesn’t play in the MLB, but he could soon be seen in the USA after he impressed everyone at the World Baseball Classic. Sasaki currently plays for Pacific League’s Chiba Lotte Marines.
On Monday night, the 21-year-old right-hander will start for Japan in a World Baseball Classic semifinal match versus Mexico. This will be the first time he will pitch in a ballpark that is located in the United States.
Because of Shohei Ohtani’s achievements, it is possible that American teams will be interested in acquiring Sasaki if and when Chiba decides to post him. Ohtani became one of Major League Baseball’s most promising players after signing a contract with the Los Angeles Angels at the age of 23 ahead of the 2018 season.
Sasaki was the first player chosen in the draught held in Japan in 2019, and he didn’t make his debut with Chiba until May of 2021. He went on to garner worldwide recognition with his surprising beginnings in 2022. In his perfect game, he had 19 strikeouts, which tied the record for the Japanese big league, and he established a record by striking out 13 batters in a row. After pitching a perfect game for Japan for the first time since 1994, which required 105 pitches over the course of the game, he was taken out of his next start after 102 pitches and 14 strikeouts.
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