New York Yankees Bomber Buzz 8/30/17: Brian Cashman Scouting Japanese Stud 2
TOKYO, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 19: Starting pitcher Shohei Otani #16 of Japan throws in the top of fifth inning during the WBSC Premier 12 semi final match between South Korea and Japan at the Tokyo Dome on November 19, 2015 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Masterpress/Getty Images)

New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is heading to Japan to check in on Japanese phenom Shohei Otani.

Known as the “Japanese Babe Ruth,” 23-year-old Shohei Otani has been on MLB radars for years. According to a report from Christian Red and Peter Botte of the New York Daily News, Cashman is on his way to Japan to see if he’s as good as the hype suggests.

With the Nippon Ham Fighters in 2016, Otani posted a .322/.416/.588 slash line with 22 home runs and 67 RBI. Those stats are impressive. However, it’s nothing compared to his numbers on the mound.In four full seasons, Otani has a 39-14 record with a 2.55 ERA  and 597 strikeouts. Otani’s resume is impressive, but leave it up to Cashman to see if he’s worth the hype.

Over the past four seasons, Otani has a 39-14 record with a 2.55 ERA  and 597 strikeouts in 517 innings of work.


NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 21: Matt Holliday #17 of the New York Yankees follows through on a fifth inning home run against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Yankee Stadium on June 21, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Out of action since early August, Matt Holliday is nearing a return to the big leagues. The veteran slugger told DJ Eberle of the Times Leader that he expects to rejoin the Yankees Friday, Sept. 1.

Holliday has struggled in his first season in the Bronx, hitting .229 with 15 home runs, 51 RBI and a .748 OPS.

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