Japan's high school pitching star Tomohiro Anraku smiles next to a photo of his baseball team head coach Masanori Joko who died in September during a news conference at Saibi High School in Matsuyama, western Japan, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, after he was chosen first overall in Nippon Professional Baseball's amateur draft and was headed to the former team of New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. The Yakult Swallows and Rakuten Eagles selected Anraku, whose fastball has been clocked as high as 97 mph (156 kph), with the first and second picks respectively, and the Eagles won a lottery for the highly touted 17-year-old right-hander. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, CREDIT MANDATORY

TOKYO (AP) — High school pitching star Tomohiro Anraku was chosen first overall in Nippon Professional Baseball’s amateur draft on Thursday and was headed to the former team of New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka.

Read the rest of this entry »

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,