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Sweet-swinging, hard-throwing Shohei Otani became the second player to sign a ¥100 million contract ahead of his third season out of high school with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters.

The 20-year-old Otani led the third-place Fighters with an 11-4 record, 179 strikeouts and a 2.61 ERA — all team-highs — over 155⅓ innings.

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