Shohei Ohtani
24-Year-Old DHDH
Out
Injury Elbow
Est. Return 5/10/2019
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. 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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $650,000 contract with the Angels in March of 2019.
Takes BP in cage
DHLos Angeles Angels
Elbow
March 17, 2019
Ohtani (elbow) took batting practice in the cage Sunday, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
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Ohtani reported no issues after taking batting practice from a coach for the first time this spring. He also did some throwing. The plan is for Ohtani to continue taking regular BP in the cage for a while before progressing to the field. While he's making encouraging progress, the 24-year-old is still expected to remain sidelined through April.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+59%
OPS vs RHP
2019
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2018
 
 
+59%
OPS vs RHP
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .654 110 5 2 13 2 .222 .300 .354
Since 2017vs Right 1.043 256 54 20 48 8 .313 .387 .656
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+8%
OPS on Road
2019
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2018
 
 
+8%
OPS on Road
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .893 210 33 15 35 5 .277 .324 .569
Since 2017Away .968 156 26 7 26 5 .298 .410 .557
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-9%
BAA vs LHP
2019
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2018
 
 
-9%
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .192 92 24 13 15 0 0 1
Since 2017vs Right .211 119 39 9 23 6 0 5
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
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-47%
ERA at Home
2019
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-47%
ERA at Home
2017
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
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
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
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 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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Throwing at 30 percent
DHLos Angeles Angels
Elbow
March 14, 2019
Ohtani (elbow) made 55 throws from 50 feet Wednesday and estimated that he was tossing the baseball at about 30 percent intensity, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
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April return ruled out
DHLos Angeles Angels
Elbow
March 9, 2019
Manager Brad Ausmus said Saturday that Ohtani (elbow) won't be activated from the Angels' injured list before May, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
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Resumes throwing
DHLos Angeles Angels
Elbow
March 8, 2019
Ohtani (elbow) will throw Wednesday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery in October, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
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Nearing start of throwing program
DHLos Angeles Angels
Elbow
March 7, 2019
Manager Brad Ausmus said Thursday that Ohtani (elbow) will begin a throwing program "on the soon side," Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
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Hits soft toss
DHLos Angeles Angels
Elbow
March 1, 2019
Ohtani (elbow) is hitting soft toss for the first time this spring Friday, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
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