Jose Osuna (15), an outfielder from the Dominican Republic, attended the initiation ceremony held on the 23rd at the Softbank Hawks home stadium, PayPay Dome.
Osuna was born in March 2007 and is 15 years old. He hasn’t even entered high school yet, but he’s already turned pro and is getting a lot of attention. Softbank announced the contract with Oh Soo-na last month, expressing expectations, saying, “Oh Soo-na has both his slugging power and contact ability. He will be able to serve as the center line of the team in the future.”
Osuna is already rising to prominence even at his young age. With a solid physical condition of 185 cm and 82 kg, outfield and third base are possible. Not only that, but by the time he was 13, just two years ago, he had experienced so many different positions that he pitched.
At the joining press conference, Oh Soo-na said, “I am very happy to join Softbank. I am grateful to the club for giving me the opportunity to play in Japan. My strength is power. I will practice hard so that I can hit many home runs. First of all, I want to improve my physical strength. . Please take good care of me,” he said, revealing his determination.
Even after that, the media continued to ask questions about Oh Soo-na, and he continued to answer with enthusiasm, befitting his young age. Oh Soo-na said, “I want to break the home run record of the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). If it is my potential, I think it is possible enough,” and pledged to rewrite Softbank Chairman Wang Jeong-chi’s total of 868 home runs.
Next, he chose Shohei Ohtani (29, Los Angeles Angels), a major league pitching star, as the Japanese player he most wants to resemble.
As soon as the young talent appeared, Japanese baseball fans posted on social media, “A 15-year-old is not even a high school student. Starting a professional life in a foreign country at a young age, there may be pressure. First of all, don’t overdo it and get familiar with the Japanese baseball style”, “Wang Jeong-chi. In order to break Mr.’s home run record, it takes 20 years to hit 44 each year, but the bigger the dream, the better. You don’t look like a 15-year-old.”
Meanwhile, Osuna starts his first professional career wearing the number 173. Fans are interested in whether Oh Soo-na can write a new history in Japanese baseball. 스포츠토토