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Shohei Ohtani

Shohei Ohtani

Age: 25Bats: LThrows: R

2020 Outlook

Draft Rank (ECR) P #39
Best / Worst #13 / #81
ADP #128




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Shohei Ohtani (elbow) throwing live BPs of around 55 pitches

Shohei Ohtani (elbow) has been throwing live batting practice sessions.

Fantasy Impact

Ohtani and teammate Griffin Canning are up to around 55 pitches per session. The 25-year-old phenom underwent Tommy John surgery last year and was aiming to return as a two-way player in mid-May of 2020. If the season actually begins in July than Ohtani should be able to both hit and pitch right away.

Shohei Ohtani (elbow) throwing off the mound, ramping up activity

Shohei Ohtani is throwing off the mound, "ramping up intensity and volume," per Angels' GM Billy Eppler.

Fantasy Impact

Ohtani was expected to start the season limited to DH duties as he continues to recover from Tommy John surgery. With the MLB season expected to start in July, the two-way star could be in the Angels' rotation by Opening Day. It was reported that Ohtani was throwing two bullpen sessions a week. Ohtani should be all systems go by the time the season starts, making the 25-year-old even more valuable in fantasy. The two-way player is currently ranked 119th overall, but that number could sky rocket if he is fully recovered from his elbow injury by Opening Day.

Brad Camara3 weeks ago
Shohei Ohtani throwing two bullpens per week

Shohei Ohtani has been throwing roughly two bullpens per week, in addition to long toss of 200+ feet. Angels GM Billy Eppler says he has been throwing around 80-85 percent, and if this were a normal season, he would be facing live batters shortly.

Fantasy Impact

The delayed start to this season is certainly helping Ohtani get ready to pitch semi-regular innings in 2020. If he is able to continue his ramp-up to the point of being ready for the start of the season, he will rocket up draft boards.

Shohei Ohtani (elbow) throwing long toss out to 180 feet

Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway said Tuesday that Shohei Ohtani (elbow) is throwing long toss out to 180 feet.

Fantasy Impact

Callaway added that Ohtani should be ready to throw off a mound "soon". The 25-year-old underwent Tommy John surgery last season and was slated to return as a pitcher around mid-May this year. With the coronavirus pandemic changing things, Ohtani could be ready as a two-way player whenever the season gets underway. Throwing off a mound will be the next step in his recovery.

Shohei Ohtani off to a slow start at the plate

Shohei Ohtani went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts in Tuesday's Cactus League game against the Mariners.

Fantasy Impact

Ohtani is just 2-for-19 to begin the spring. The two-way phenom isn't going to pitch in the big leagues until May so his bat is going to have to carry his fantasy value up until then. He remains a highly polarizing player to rank in most formats.

Shohei Ohtani


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