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Yoshinobu Yamamoto throws ‘nasty’ stuff in first Dodgers batting practice

If Yoshinobu Yamamoto’s first live batting practice is any indication of the season to come, the National League could be in for a nightmare.

As Yamamoto played against the Dodgers at their spring training facility in Camelback Ranch, Arizona, the team’s new $325 million ace impressed his teammates as a crowd of reporters and cameramen watched.

A video shared by the Dodgers’ social media team shows Yamamoto, who signed a 12-year contract this offseason, throwing a mix of fastballs and impressive breaking balls.

Yoshinobu Yamamoto of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches during spring training at Camelback Ranch. AP

According to the Los Angeles TimesYamamoto told the Japanese media in attendance that he was throwing his fastball at about 96 miles per hour.

According to a report from MLB.com, Yamamoto, who threw about 30 pitches, said through an interpreter, “It was good for me to have the opportunity to face an actual batter.” “I don’t think it’s the best yet. We’ll continue to adjust what we need to do and get even better.”

First baseman Freddie Freeman, a seven-time All-Star and 2020 National League MVP, has been impressed with the right-handed pitchers’ repertoire and is glad he won’t be pitching against them during the regular season. There is.

“It was unbelievable. It’s terrible,” Freeman said. According to the Orange County Register. “To just go out there for the first time and have everyone look at you and score on every pitch? Very impressive.”

Mookie Betts was so surprised that he gave Yamamoto a standing ovation. According to MLB.com.

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto (18) shook hands with catcher Will Smith (16). USA TODAY Sports (via Reuters Con)

Freeman added that Yamamoto didn’t even need a high-90s fastball to get the job done.

“With the command he has, he doesn’t even have to throw that hard,” the same baseman told the Times.

Yamamoto was highly coveted this offseason after leaving Nippon Professional Baseball for the United States.

Yamamoto was moved by his first live session. USA TODAY Sports (via Reuters Con)

The right-hander was a three-time MVP and had an astonishing 922 strikeouts and an ERA of 1.82 in seven seasons with the Orix Buffaloes.

Both the Mets and Yankees hotly pursued his services, but in the end the Dodgers prevailed.

With a great rotation that also includes Tyler Glasnow and James Paxton, Los Angeles is looking to overcome the odds and return to the World Series for the first time in four years.

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