‘Otani 156km → Sasaki 162km’ The Japanese national team’s monster pitchers are already amazing￼
The fireballers of the Japanese national baseball team are already throwing incredible fastballs.
Shohei Otani (29, LA Angels) recently recorded a speed of 156 km, and Rocky Sasaki (22, Chiba Lotte Marlins), called the ‘monster pitcher’, boasted a speed of 162 km.
On the 25th, Sasaki started the evaluation match against the Softbank Hawks at Sunmarine Stadium in Miyazaki, Japan, and made a good pitch with 1 hit and 3 strikeouts in 2 innings.
According to Japanese media such as Nikkan Sports, Sasaki’s highest speed on the day was 162 km. On the TV relay screen, Sasaki’s restraint was recorded up to 169 km. However, the highest speed officially announced by the Japanese team was 162 km.
Sasaki is regarded as the ace responsible for the future of Japanese baseball. In particular, on April 10 last year, he achieved his perfect game and drew a lot of attention.
He did not allow a single hit and four walks against the Orix at the time. He struck out 13 batters in a row, striking out 19 times. He was Sasaki, who became the youngest (20 years and 5 months) perfect game protagonist in the history of Japanese professional baseball. 토토사이트
Expectations for Sasaki are high at this World Baseball Classic (WBC) tournament. Currently, it is more likely to start the match against the Czech Republic in the first round of Group B, which will be held on the 11th of next month, rather than the match against Korea.
After completing the pitch, Sasaki showed satisfaction, saying, “I threw with the idea of starting in good condition. The fastball seems to have gone in well. I will try to keep it as it is.”
Japanese national team coach Hideki Kuriyama praised Sasaki’s ball, saying, “He threw a really nice ball. He threw a ball that overwhelms the opponent. He was fast, and his forkball fell well.”
Japanese pitchers are accelerating preparations for the WBC. Previously, Ohtani threw a fastball with a maximum speed of 156 km in the first live pitching held at the major league spring camp on the 23rd. Ohtani also expressed satisfaction with his pitching, saying, “There are points to be improved, but at this point it was very good.”
Meanwhile, Korea clashes with Japan at Tokyo Dome at 7:00 pm on March 10th.