The Orix Buffaloes announced on November 20 that they signed Kodai Sano to an Ikusei contract. Sano will be getting a new start as an infielder. His uniform number will change from 64 to 121 and his estimated salary will be 4.2 million yen.
Sano was drafted out of Oita High School as a pitcher in 2014. He struggled as a pitcher and never got to pitch at Ichi-gun. The Buffaloes decided to give him another look at an infielder.