Red Sox extend spring training invitation to Japanese independent league pitcher Hideyoshi Otake

January 10, 2014 - 6:29 pm

A major league source confirmed that the Red Sox have invited Japanese right-hander Hideyoshi Otake to their minor league spring training. Otake, a 5-foot-11, 187-pound reliever, spent last year pitching in Japan's independent Baseball Challenge League, recording 17 saves while punching out 47 and walking 16 in 44 1/3 innings with a 2.23 ERA. The Baseball Challenge League first announced the invitation in a press release (hat-tip According to Joon Lee of MLB Daily Dish, Otake throws up to 94 mph.