Japanese phenom Rintaro Sasaki skipping NPB to play college baseball in U.S.: Reports

Japanese phenom Rintaro Sasaki skipping NPB to play college baseball in U.S.: Reports

Japanese high school baseball phenom Rintaro Sasaki has not submitted an application for the upcoming Nippon Professional Baseball draft and instead plans to play college baseball in the United States, according to multiple reports. Here’s what you need to know:

Sasaki, 6 feet tall and 250 pounds, was projected to be the top pick in the NPB draft before he made his decision to forgo it, according to the reports.
The 17-year-old hit a Japanese high school record of 140 home runs.
Sasaki played first base at Hanamaki-Higashi High, where his father Hiroshi Sasaki coaches. MLB superstar…


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