Shohei Otani (29, LA Angels), who is about to join the Japanese national team for the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC), is steadily improving his condition.먹튀검증

On the 23rd (Korean time), Ohtani conducted his first live pitching (pitching with a batter standing up) at the spring camp in Tampee, Arizona, USA. Originally, live pitching was scheduled to be held on the 22nd, but the local weather was not good, so it was postponed for a day.

On this day, Ohtani faced 7 batters and threw a total of 39 pitches, which was powerful. He threw a fastball of up to 156 km and struck out three batters.

Ohtani, who successfully completed the first live pitching, said, “I focused on checking three things: pitch, command, and time limit (pitch clock). The pitch clock was fine, and I think the commands for each pitch were good. I have to upload it, but it was good enough at this point.”

Even in the WBC, Ohtani doubles as a pitcher like in the Major League (MLB). He enters the plate as the designated hitter, serving as a part of the starting rotation.

As a hitter, the preparation is also smooth. Ohtani showed off his superpowers by blowing nearly half of 10 of 22 batted balls out of the fence in the free betting he digested on the 22nd. In the live betting that followed, he also demonstrated force, recording 2 hits in 2 at-bats. Ohtani will hit against the Chicago White Sox on the 27th and the San Francisco Giants on the 28th.

The starting date for the demonstration game has also been set. Angels manager Bob Melvin announced that Ohtani would make his first real start on the 1st of next month in an exhibition game against the Oakland Athletics. He was originally scheduled to take the mound before the Milwaukee Brewers on the 2nd, but was moved up a day.

As a result, Ohtani plans to join the Japanese national team after playing the match against Auckland and returning home by plane to Japan.

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