If a scouting report exists on baseball’s newest Japanese phenom, it would read: can pitch, hit and run, a triple threat all in one neat package. The world has gotten almost blasé about Japanese players moving onto the American major leagues. One thinks of Hideo Nomu, who paved the way for his countrymen as a pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1990s, or Ichiro or Yu Darvish.

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