Japanese pitching star Yoshinobu Yamamoto was impressive in his Spring Training debut for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday.

Yamamoto pitched two innings, struck out three batters and allowing just one hit. The first batter he faced was Texas Rangers leadoff hitter Marcus Semien and he struck him out on three pitches.

Yamamoto was a dominant pitcher in Japan for the past seven years and was highly sought by many MLB teams, before signing with the Dodgers.

The 25 year-old Yamamoto went 70-29 with a 1.82 ERA in his seven-year with the Orix Buffaloes. He had a 1.24 ERA in 23 starts with a 16-6 record last season.

The Dodgers signed Yamamoto to a 12-year, $325 million deal.

Dodgers pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto. Photo courtesy of amp.marca.com


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