World Baseball Classic: Japan's Ohtani named Pool B MVP

In the World Baseball Classic, Japan's two-way star Ohtani Shohei has been named the best player of Pool B in the first round of the tournament.

The decision was announced on the WBC website on Wednesday.

As a batter, Ohtani went six for 12. He hit one home run and had eight RBIs.

As a pitcher, Ohtani started in Japan's first game of the tournament. Japan faced off against China. Ohtani threw four shutout innings. He allowed only one hit and racked up five strikeouts. He was the winning pitcher.

Major League Baseball lauded Ohtani's achievements in a video posted on its Twitter account. It said he is taking the world by storm.

Japan won all four of its first-round games. The team will play Italy in the quarterfinal game at Tokyo Dome on Thursday.

The semifinals and the final will take place in Miami, which is located in the US state of Florida.