Shohei Otani set to be posted after 2017 season

Japanese sensation Otani expected to play in MLB next season

Japanese sensation Otani expected to play in MLB next season

The 23-year-old has been a staple for the Nippon Ham Fighters since he was 18.

Japanese baseball star Shohei Otani will reportedly play Major League Baseball next season. Nevertheless, the phenom who hits and pitches on an elite level intends to try his luck in America, Yahoo Japan reports.

The Pacific League club effectively gave its permission for Otani to move after this season during last year's negotiations on contract renewal.

Passan delved into the timing and process with the 23-year-old and noted Otani "is giving up literally hundreds of millions of dollars" by coming to the United States at the reported time.

Otani has turned in quality seasons as a pitcher and as a hitter. The 23-year-old two-way superstar now boasts a.346/.416/.574 slash line over 51 games this season and holds a 2.60 career ERA over 522.1 innings in Nippon Professional Baseball. As a pitcher, Otani turned in dominant campaigns from 2014-16.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports noted the decision to come to the U.S. in advance of his age-24 season will cost Otani hundreds of millions of dollars.

Far and away the main reason any team will want Otani is because of his ridiculous abilities as a pitcher.