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Shohei Ohtani

Shohei Ohtani


Age: 26Bats: LThrows: R

2021 Outlook

Draft Rank (ECR) P #70
Best / Worst #18 / #186
ADP #182




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Shohei Ohtani will making Cactus League pitching debut on Friday

Shohei Ohtani is slated to make his pitching debut in Friday's Cactus League game against the Oakland Athletics.

Fantasy Impact

Angels manager Joe Maddon added that Ohtani could go two innings in his mound debut. He's already taken a few at-bats this spring but the Angels have to be more interested in how he looks on the mound after undergoing a flexor strain last year. The 26-year-old RHP threw a live batting practice on Saturday and reportedly hit 100 mph on the radar gun.

Jon MathisenMar 2, 2021
Shohei Ohtani on track to pitch later this week

Angels manager Joe Maddon says Shohei Ohtani is on track to pitch on either Thursday or Friday.

Fantasy Impact

Ohtani threw a 35-pitch live batting practice on Saturday and hit 100 mph on the radar gun. He's expected to begin the season as a two-way player, and his fantasy ADP could be on the rise with a healthy spring.

Shohei Ohtani hits 100 mph in Saturday's live BP

Shohei Ohtani maxed out at 100 mph in Saturday's 35-pitch live BP session.

Fantasy Impact

It's notable after Ohtani's velocity was down at the start of pitchers and catchers reporting. Of course, we now know he was simply building up his arm strength. The plan is for Ohtani to once again enter the year as a two-way player for the Angels.

Shohei Ohtani tops out at 97 mph in bullpen Wednesday

Shohei Ohtani told reporters that he topped out at 97 mph in a bullpen session Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact

Ohtani has expressed a desire to remain a two-way player this season, and his velocity this early in Spring is an encouraging sign in his favor. He made just two starts in 2020 before being shut down with a forearm strain. He struggled mightily in those 1.2 innings, walking eight and allowing seven earned runs.

Connor Rooney1 week ago
Shohei Ohtani adjusts hitting approach with healed knee

Shohei Ohtani told reporters on Tuesday that his left knee was never fully built back up last year after receiving surgery in 2019.

Fantasy Impact

Ohtani noted that his nagging knee injury prevented him from properly planting his back foot last season. Now that the knee is fully healed, his approach and swing have adjusted back to their normal forms. Ohtani batted .190 with seven homers and seven steals in 2020.

Connor Rooney1 week ago
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