Shohei Ohtani
24-Year-Old DHDH
Out
Injury Elbow
Est. Return 3/1/2019
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Even as a UTIL-only option with playing-time question marks, Ohtani has a case as a top-100 overall player. He had the sixth-best barrel rate in baseball (min. 150 BBE) and a top-10 xSLG. His 92.6 mph average exit velocity ranked 14th, ahead of the likes of Khris Davis, Christian Yelich and Mookie Betts. The only real negative: his .222/.300/.354 line and 31.8% K-rate against left-handed pitching. Given those numbers, it's possible the Angels platoon pretty strictly at DH this season. That kind of role would limit Ohtani's counting stats, but his numbers should be close to elite on a per-plate-appearance basis. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $545,000 contract with the Angels in December of 2017.
Status uncertain for start of camp
DHLos Angeles Angels
December 12, 2018
Manager Brad Ausmus said Wednesday that he doesn't expect Ohtani (elbow) to be ready for the beginning of spring training, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
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Ohtani underwent Tommy John surgery in early October and has continued to progress on the right track, though the Angels have refrained from putting any sort of timetable on the 24-year-old. It's abundantly clear that the organization is not going to rush him back. Ohtani will exclusively serve as a DH for the club in 2019 following his elbow procedure. Expect updates on Ohtani's status throughout the winter.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+59%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+59%
OPS vs RHP
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .654 110 5 2 13 2 .222 .300 .354
Since 2016vs Right 1.043 256 54 20 48 8 .313 .387 .656
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
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+8%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+8%
OPS on Road
2017
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2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .893 210 33 15 35 5 .277 .324 .569
Since 2016Away .968 156 26 7 26 5 .298 .410 .557
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
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-9%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-9%
BAA vs LHP
2017
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .192 92 24 13 15 0 0 1
Since 2016vs Right .211 119 39 9 23 6 0 5
2018vs Left .192 92 24 13 15 0 0 1
2018vs Right .211 119 39 9 23 6 0 5
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-47%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-47%
ERA at Home
2017
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2016Home 2.33 1.00 27.0 2 1 0 12.3 3.0 0.7
Since 2016Away 4.38 1.34 24.2 2 1 0 9.5 4.7 1.5
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
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Shohei Ohtani compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). 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.
BB/K
0.36
 
BB Rate
10.1%
 
K Rate
27.9%
 
BABIP
.350
 
ISO
.279
 
AVG
.285
 
OBP
.361
 
SLG
.564
 
OPS
.925
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Regains full range of motion
DHLos Angeles Angels
Elbow
December 10, 2018
Ohtani (elbow) continues to make progress after undergoing Tommy John surgery and now has full range of motion in his right elbow, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
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Recovery going well
DHLos Angeles Angels
Elbow
November 12, 2018
Ohtani (elbow) said his recovery from Tommy John surgery is going well, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports. "I feel like so far it's going really well, no setbacks," Ohtani said. "I think I'm right on schedule and maybe a little bit ahead."
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On track in recovery
DHLos Angeles Angels
Elbow
November 5, 2018
Ohtani (elbow) is progressing on schedule in his recovery from Tommy John surgery, Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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Undergoes Tommy John surgery
DHLos Angeles Angels
Elbow
October 1, 2018
Ohtani underwent successful Tommy John surgery Monday, Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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Doubles, collects steal against A's
DHLos Angeles Angels
September 28, 2018
Ohtani went 3-for-3 with a double, two RBI, one run and a stolen base in Friday's win over the Athletics.
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