- ZakZak 7/5/2016 – Chicago Cubs scout Fernando Seguignol believes Otani is currently a number one international pitching prospect. He also feels he could make the Majors as a two-way player.
- Sponichi 6/27/2016 – Scouts from three MLB teams were at the Orix-Nippon Ham game on June 26. Texas Rangers. Josh Boyd. He has been following Otani since he was in high school. Gave him a baseball signed by Yu Darvish.
- Sanspo 6/27/2016 – Scouts from the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers were also spotted at the game on June 26.
- Sports Hochi 5/23/2016 – New York Mets. Chris Becerra (New York Mets, International Director) really likes Otani and sees similarities with Noah Syndergaard. He feels the pitcher has a lot of upside.
- Sports Hochi 5/11/2016 – Royals and Indians. Luis Medina (Kansas City Royals, Special Assistant to the General Manager/Player Personnel) compared Otani’s swing to Barry Bonds.
- Sanspo 6/19/2016 – Tony Harris (Pittsburgh Pirates) was at his start on June 18. As was Jason Cooper (Chicago Cubs).
- Nikkan Sports 5/11/2016 – The Yankees could be interested in the veteran. They had someone at the Hanshin-Chunichi game at Nagoya Dome on May 5.
- Sanspo 6/19/2016 – Jason Cooper (Chicago Cubs) is hoping to catch him pitch again at some point.
- ZakZak 9/7/2016 – An unnamed American League scout feels Yamada is the best hitter in the Central League. He believes MLB teams will be interested as a lead-off hitter because of his ability to get on base and steal bases. The unnamed scout compared him to a young Kazuo Matsui.
- Sports Hochi 9/30/2016 – Norimoto is interested in the Majors, but only if he can finish a season at the top, league lead the league in wins or have a career year in the same season the team competes for a championship. As it stands right now, he feels he is not at that level.