Shohei Ohtani may have made his final NPB start ... and he pitched a shutout while batting cleanup
It's widely believed that Shohei Ohtani will be posted this offseason and able to join a Major League club next season. This is something that has American baseball fans in a tizzy as Ohtani is basically Steve Nebraska from "The Scout" mixed with Henry Rowengartner from "Rookie of the Year" ... and he can also hit.
Though injuries restricted him to just a handful of starts in 2017, he still hit .338 with eight homers in 228 plate appearances. Taking the mound in what may be his final NPB start, he showed off the goods. With a number of scouts in attendance, Ohtani pitched a shutout of the Orix Buffaloes, striking out 10 batters.
Honestly, we're not sure what the best part of his outing was. Perhaps it's that he batted cleanup. Even when Madison Bumgarner hit without a DH in Oakland last year (and doubled, natch), he still hit ninth.
Or perhaps it's that Ohtani registered a pitch at 162 kilometers. That's roughly 100.7 mph. Not bad for the cleanup hitter.
Check out his decimation of the Buffalos below. And then start dreaming of him becoming the next great two-way star in the Majors.