This Japanese Player At The Little League World Series Is The Next “Babe Ruth” (Video)

Kotaro KiyomiyaIf you were to describe Babe Ruth, you’d probably say that he was an incredibly gifted baseball player that was much larger than the other players, and he was awfully effective both on the mound (94–46 record and a 2.28 career ERA) and in the batter’s box (714 home runs and a .342 career batting average).

Perhaps someday we’ll be talking about Japan’s Kotaro Kiyomiya in a similar manner.

Kotaro, 13, is listed at 6’0″, 206-pounds, and he is currently playing on Japan’s 2012 Little League World Series squad.  He had himself an impressive tournament debut against the Caribbean representatives from Curacao yesterday.  In addition to recording a hit, a run and an RBI during Japan’s 7-0 victory, Kotaro also earned the win on the mound, as he struck out seven batters and allowed no hits and a walk in 2.2 innings of work.

Kotaro’s fastball is said to reach approximately 80 mph, which at a distance of only 46 feet from the plate, is said to be the equivalent of a 104 mph fastball in the Majors. That explains why seven of the nine batters he faced struck out.

Here are highlight of the game, as well as Nomar Garciaparra’s analysis of the performance from Japan’s “Babe Ruth.”

Hat Tip – [Business Insider]