There are 3 comments on Lonestarball at the moment about Shoehi Otani, though goyo had a note about him on July 19 on his board. The Rangers have talked to Shoehi Otani, a Japanese high school pitcher clocked at 99 mph.
Jim Colborn (Senior Advisor, Pacific Rim Operations), Josh Boyd (Director, Professional Scouting), scout Hajime Watabe, and single-A outfielder Hirotoshi Onaka represented the Texas Rangers. Onaka told Otani about the difficulties he encountered during his first year -- language, culture, and lifestyle differences. Onaka told reporters that Otani seemed to pull back a bit when he heard about how rough things can be. The meeting started at 2pm and ended after 5:30pm. The Rangers stressed that they are an organization that has a good understanding of Japanese players. Colborn gave Otani baseballs autographed by Yu Darvish and Nolan Ryan.As an amateur, Otani would be subject to the International FA $2.9M cap, but the Rangers should be in decent shape with Profar's brother the highest bonus international FA signed thus far, I believe. By comparison, the Red Sox have spent about 1.4M. There is the potential for negative political ramifications as MLB and NPB have an unofficial agreement that MLB wouldn't poach top NPB's top prospect talent. It appears the kid is taking initiative here, though, and he will take the heat. So, no worries there.
Beras and Otani in the same system? I love the Rangers.