Shohei Ohtani
26-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
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$Signed a one-year, $700,000 contract with the Angels in March of 2020.
Goes deep in return to lineup
PLos Angeles Angels
August 6, 2020
Ohtani went 1-for-3 with a solo home run, a walk and an additional run scored in a win over Seattle on Thursday.
ANALYSIS
Ohtani had not played since suffering a strained forearm as a pitcher Sunday, but he wasted little time proving that the injury would not limit him as a hitter, blasting a home run to left field in the second inning. The long ball was Ohtani's fifth hit of the season -- three of which have left the yard. Despite hitting only .167 on the campaign, the 26-year-old has driven in eight runs in nine contests.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
40
Last 10 Games
40
Last 5 Games
40
How many pitches does Shohei Ohtani generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Shohei Ohtani generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+35%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
-100%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+9%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+59%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .699 233 17 5 26 3 .243 .313 .386
Since 2018vs Right .941 592 98 38 105 20 .294 .356 .584
2020vs Left .000 8 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2020vs Right .827 28 5 3 8 1 .192 .250 .577
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
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
Even Split
2020
 
 
+57%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+2%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+8%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .871 431 66 28 69 13 .270 .327 .543
Since 2018Away .874 394 49 15 62 10 .290 .363 .511
2020Home .766 19 3 2 7 1 .167 .211 .556
2020Away .489 17 2 1 1 0 .125 .176 .313
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
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-8%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-33%
BAA vs RHP
2019
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2018
 
 
-9%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .200 97 25 16 16 0 0 1
Since 2018vs Right .217 130 41 14 25 6 0 5
2020vs Left .500 5 1 3 1 0 0 0
2020vs Right .333 11 2 5 2 0 0 0
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Left .192 92 24 13 15 0 0 1
2018vs Right .211 119 39 9 23 6 0 5
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-54%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-100%
ERA on Road
2019
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2018
 
 
-47%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 2.83 1.12 28.2 2 1 0 12.6 4.4 0.6
Since 2018Away 6.20 1.58 24.2 2 2 0 9.5 5.8 1.5
2020Home 10.80 3.00 1.2 0 0 0 16.2 27.0 0.0
2020Away 0.00 0.00 .000000 0 1 0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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
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Stat Review
How does Shohei Ohtani compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
0.38
 
K/9
16.2
 
BB/9
43.2
 
HR/9
0.0
 
Fastball
93.8 mph
 
ERA
37.80
 
WHIP
6.60
 
BABIP
.638
 
GB/FB
0.00
 
Left On Base
36.4%
 
Exit Velocity
74.6 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
0.0%
 
Spin Rate
2038 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
18.8%
 
Swinging Strike
6.3%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Back in action
PLos Angeles Angels
August 6, 2020
Ohtani (forearm) is hitting fourth as the Angels' designated hitter Thursday against the Mariners.
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Hopes to pitch next season
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Forearm
August 6, 2020
Ohtani (forearm) indicated that he would like to remain a two-way player in 2021, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
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Should return to Thursday's lineup
PLos Angeles Angels
Forearm
August 5, 2020
Ohtani (forearm) is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Mariners, but he's expected to start at designated hitter in Thursday's series finale, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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Unlikely to pitch again in 2020
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Forearm
August 4, 2020
Ohtani (forearm) isn't expected to pitch again this season, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
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Day-to-day as hitter
PLos Angeles Angels
Elbow
August 3, 2020
Contrary to a previous report, Ohtani is day-to-day as a hitter with a Grade 1-2 strain of the flexor pronator mass. He won't begin a throwing progression for at least 4-to-6 weeks.
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