Shohei Ohtani
25-Year-Old PitcherRP
2020 Fantasy Outlook
While on the mend from Tommy John surgery, Ohtani served exclusively as a designated hitter for the Angels in 2019. The 25-year-old only saw his offensive production tail off marginally from his rookie campaign, slugging 18 home runs to go with 12 steals and a .286 average before he was shut down in mid-September for a minor left knee procedure. Ohtani enters the spring ostensibly at full health; the Angels will slow play him in camp and are not expected to return Ohtani to a big-league mound until mid-May at the earliest. If Ohtani quickly regains his pre-surgery command and velocity, he could be one of the top starting pitchers on a per-outing basis, just as he was during his 10 starts in 2018. His value would skyrocket if fantasy providers allow Ohtani to be used in a utility spot on his non-pitching days, as he should be in store for a handful of starts per week as a DH. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $650,000 contract with the Angels in March of 2019.
Continues making progress
PLos Angeles Angels
May 13, 2020
Ohtani (elbow) has been "ramping up intensity and volume," Jeff Fletcher of The Orange Country Register reports.
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The update comes by way of Angels general manager Billy Eppler, who also noted that Ohtani has continued throwing off a mound. The two-way star was originally expected to be limited to hitting duties to begin the campaign, but with a potential Opening Day pushed back to no sooner than early July, Ohtani is now on track to be part of the starting rotation from the get-go.
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+30%
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+9%
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .725 225 17 5 26 3 .252 .324 .401
Since 2017vs Right .946 564 93 35 97 19 .299 .362 .585
2019vs Left .794 115 12 3 13 1 .282 .348 .447
2019vs Right .868 308 39 15 49 11 .288 .341 .527
2018vs Left .654 110 5 2 13 2 .222 .300 .354
2018vs Right 1.043 256 54 20 48 8 .313 .387 .656
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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+2%
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+8%
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Since 2017Home .875 412 63 26 62 12 .275 .333 .543
Since 2017Away .892 377 47 14 61 10 .298 .371 .521
2019Home .856 202 30 11 27 7 .274 .342 .514
2019Away .841 221 21 7 35 5 .298 .344 .498
2018Home .893 210 33 15 35 5 .277 .324 .569
2018Away .968 156 26 7 26 5 .298 .410 .557
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Since 2017vs Left .192 92 24 13 15 0 0 1
Since 2017vs Right .211 119 39 9 23 6 0 5
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2018vs Left .192 92 24 13 15 0 0 1
2018vs Right .211 119 39 9 23 6 0 5
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Since 2017Home 2.33 1.00 27.0 2 1 0 12.3 3.0 0.7
Since 2017Away 4.38 1.34 24.2 2 1 0 9.5 4.7 1.5
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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2018Home 2.33 1.00 27.0 2 1 0 12.3 3.0 0.7
2018Away 4.38 1.34 24.2 2 1 0 9.5 4.7 1.5
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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The two-way phenom was limited to just two appearances on the mound over the final four months of the season, but he continued to hit despite a busted UCL, and the offensive numbers were excellent. After undergoing Tommy John surgery in early October of 2018, he will be limited exclusively to hitting in 2019. If healthy, Ohtani would have a case as a top-100 overall player, but he's not expected back until May, so look for Ohtani to fall closer to pick 200 in mixed leagues. He had the sixth-best barrel rate in baseball (min. 150 batted-ball events) and a top-10 xSLG. His 92.6 mph average exit velocity ranked ahead of the likes of Khris Davis, Christian Yelich and Mookie Betts. The only real negatives besides health: he's UT-only and hit just .222/.300/.354 with a 31.8% K-rate against left-handed pitching. Even when active, he probably won't be a true everyday player, but Ohtani's numbers should be close to elite on a per-plate-appearance basis.
Ohtani could be the best player ever to come to MLB from Japan. In addition to racking up 624 strikeouts and posting a 2.52 ERA along with a 1.08 WHIP in 543 innings over the last five seasons with the Nippon Ham Fighters, Ohtani has hit .286/.358/.500 with 48 homers in 1,170 plate appearances. He's hit at least .300 in each of the last two seasons, while carrying an OBP above .400 and a slugging percentage above .500. The Angels signed Ohtani in December, and he will immediately join the front of the team's rotation. Soon after he signed, it was revealed that Ohtani has a first-degree sprain of the UCL in his right elbow, but the Angels knew about the injury before signing him. Additionally, he missed most of 2017 as a result of an ankle injury that required surgery in October. The Angels are considering a six-man rotation. With that, he may get two turns in the lineup as the DH between each start on the mound.
Ohtani is arguably the top player in the world not in MLB. The Japanese star not only throws 102 mph and had a 1.86 ERA last season, but also hit 22 home runs with a 1.004 OPS as a DH for the Nippon Ham Fighters. Ohtani appeared to be all but set to make his move to MLB following the 2017 season, but changes in the new in the new collective-bargaining agreement that restrict MLB teams' spending on international free agents under age 25 may push his arrival back as far as 2020.
Ohtani made headlines as a two-way player, Japan's first since the '60s, as a rookie in 2013. He made even more headlines as a sophomore in 2014 by comprehensively improving both sides of his game. Ohtani regularly hit 100 mph on the radar gun, and went 11-4 with a 2.61 over 155.1 innings, striking out 179 while walking 57. At the plate, Ohtani slashed .274/.314/.444 over 234 plate appearances, hitting 17 doubles and 10 home runs. Ohtani's future is pretty clearly on the mound at this point, but he's a tantalizing talent in either role. He's a keeper prospect to monitor.
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Close to facing hitters
PLos Angeles Angels
April 26, 2020
Angels general manager Billy Eppler said Sunday during an appearance on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM that Ohtani is throwing "roughly" two bullpen sessions per week at about "80 to 85 percent" intensity.
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Throwing bullpen sessions
PLos Angeles Angels
April 17, 2020
Ohtani (elbow) has started throwing bullpen sessions, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
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Nearing mound work
PLos Angeles Angels
April 7, 2020
Ohtani (elbow) has been participating in long toss from 180 feet and ramping up throwing intensity from 60 feet. He's expected to throw off a mound soon, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
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Could throw off mound soon
PLos Angeles Angels
March 24, 2020
Ohtani (elbow) has continued to play catch on flat ground and may throw off a mound in a couple weeks, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
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Could pitch from start of season
PLos Angeles Angels
March 18, 2020
Ohtani may be available to pitch from the start of the season, given that Opening Day has been delayed indefinitely, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
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