Shohei Ohtani studies Bryce Harper's approach at the plate and swing

The "Japanese Babe Ruth" talks about the MLB players he follows

Shohei Ohtani.

Shohei Ohtani. | AP

Shohei Ohtani took the most important step for his arrival in the Big Leagues when MLB-MLBPA agreed on a posting system with the Nippon Professional Baseball League.

With his arrival about to materialize, Jon Morosi of spoke with the Japanese "Babe Ruth" about his favorite players in Major League Baseball and the first players he mentioned were, of course, Ichiro Suzuki and Yu Darvish, both Japanese players.

But the baseball player who has excelled in the Japan League as a batter and pitcher, also said he likes to see Bryce Harper hit and has studied video of the outfielder's approach at the plate.

The 2015 NL MVP in his six years in MLB has hit 150 home runs, has driven in 481 runs, and has posted a .285 batting average in his career, so as a player you would want to mimic he is right at the top of the list.

Ohtani has a pretty impressive swing himself and has crushed several balls in Japan, including a bomb that ended up disappearing in the Tokyo Dome's roof.


In five seasons in Japan, Ohtani has a batting average of .286 with 48 homers while as a pitcher he has a record of 42-15 in 85 games, 82 as a starter, as well as a 2.52 ERA.