Tokyo, Japan (CBS HOUSTON) – Young Japanese hitting and pitching prospect Shohei Otani is being looked at as one of the biggest international free agents in some time to make the jump to Major League Baseball. Over the weekend the 22-year-old just saw his legend grow as he hit a ball that disappears into the Tokyo Dome roof.
That is about a two-foot gap at the top of the dome that the ball found it’s way into. The sad thing for Otani and his team the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, he was only awarded a double for the feat.
Otani could be seeing a contract in the neighborhood of $300 million for his services this winter. At 22, the 6’4″ left-hander has a 1.86 ERA on the hill while also belting 18 home runs and .322 average at the dish.
He is currently an outfielder when playing in the field and hitting and still pitches every fifth day, making 20 starts so far this year for his Nippon Professional team.