Keito Mori was the first pick of the DeNA BayStars in NPB’s 2019 amateur draft. Although a shortstop, he played center field for Japan last summer in the Under-18 World Cup.
- Birthday: Jan. 28, 2002
- H: 1.75 m, W: 75 kg
- Bats: L, Throws: R
- Position: SS
Physical description: Looks like a right-handed-hitting Kenta Imamiya (SoftBank), but with a big front leg kick.
Abilities: Athletic, excellent foot speed and a strong throwing arm, disciplined aggressive hitter with quick bat and compact swing.
Weaknesses: Short arms his throws in the infield, but not in the outfield. Footwork is more mechanical than fluid.
Summation: Immediately profiles better as a center fielder, but could conceivably develop into a championship-caliber shortstop.