Japan WBC Roster

It is short one position player but it does have some solid pitchers. The only current major leaguer on this team is Norichika Aoki, but this team has a talented outfield in Seiichi Uchikawa, Yoshitomo Tsutsugo and Seiya Suzuki. All three of those players are major league caliber with Tsutsugo and Suzuki rising stars in the NPB. Uchikawa is older and could be best suited for DH. You also have the possibility of Shohei Otani to play outfield or DH so it will be tough for Aoki to get playing time. No Ichihiro Suzuki, but he would be a fourth outfielder on this team.

The four young talented starters to watch are Otani, Shintaro Fujinami, Takahiro Norimoto and Kodai Senga. You may not see a better all around shortstop than Hayato Sakamoto, who can beat you with the bat or the glove. There may not be a better talent in baseball outside of Mike Trout than Shohei Otani. but then Trout does not throw a 100 mile per hour fastball. Two young players to watch who are as good as any major leaguers who have achieved 30/30 (homeruns/stolen bases) years are Tsutsugo and Tetsuto Yamada (second base). Both these players will be under 27 years of age entering the 2017 season and are the faces of their franchises.

Pitchers

Yuki Matsui, Tomoyuki Sagano, Ryo Akiyoshi, Takahiro Norimoto, Naoki Miyanishi, Shohei Otani, Shintaro Fujinami, Hirotoshi Masui, Ayumu Ishikawa, Toshiya Okada, Kazuhisa Makita, Kodai Senga, Yoshihisa Hirano

Catchers

Seiji Kobayashi, Shota Ona, Motohiro Shima

Infielders

Nobuhiro Matsuda, Ryosuke Kikuchi, Hayato Sakamoto, Sho Nakata, Tetsuto Yamada

Outfielders

Seiichi Uchikawa, Norichika Aoki, Ryosuke Hirata, Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, Seiya Suzuki, Shogo Akiyama

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