Baseball: Rakuten's Kamata latest to shine straight out of high school
News On Japan via Japan Times -- Jul 01
One of the main differences between Nippon Pro Baseball and Major League Baseball is the fact the Central and Pacific League teams each have only one farm team, while the American and National League clubs have farm systems.
In Japan, it is ichi-gun and ni-gun (varsity and second teams). In the U.S., you have Triple-A, Double-A, Single-A and Rookie leagues.
For that reason and others, it is unusual these days to see a teenager playing big league ball. Most of the American kids leaving high school start at the lowest level and move up the ladder, hoping to make it to "The Show" in four or five years at the age of 22 or 23.
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