Shohei Ohtani
26-Year-Old PitcherSP
2021 Fantasy Outlook
We know Ohtani can pitch at an elite level when he is healthy, and has shown excellent hitting abilities as well, but neither were present in 2020. He hit poorly around the occasional home run, and pitched only a handful of forgettable innings before shutting it down with a forearm strain. Ohtani was 21 months removed from his Tommy John surgery when the abbreviated season began; the disruption to the training schedule was the last thing any player, but particularly a two-way player, needed on the road to recovery. The poor pitching results and forearm strain coupled with the issues at the plate creates some uncertainty regarding Ohtani's future role. The once-a-week pitching plan the Angels have gone with to this point creates a bit of a headache in weekly lineup leagues. He might have more upside in those formats if he were to stick on one side of the ball. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
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$Signed a two-year, $8.5 million contract with the Angels in February of 2021.
Smashes two-run shot
PLos Angeles Angels
May 6, 2021
Ohtani went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Thursday's loss to the Rays.
ANALYSIS
The left-handed hitter went yard against Josh Fleming in the third inning. It was the 10th dinger for the electric Ohtani, who's now slashing .273/.322/.645 in 2021.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
83
Last 10 Games
83
Last 5 Games
83
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
 
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
 
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 2019
 
 
+17%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+23%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+43%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+9%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .738 202 22 6 19 5 .236 .322 .416
Since 2019vs Right .863 500 73 28 89 20 .274 .332 .531
2021vs Left .835 38 8 3 4 2 .200 .263 .571
2021vs Right 1.030 80 14 7 20 4 .307 .350 .680
2020vs Left .506 49 2 0 2 2 .150 .306 .200
2020vs Right .725 112 20 6 20 5 .210 .295 .430
2019vs Left .794 115 12 3 13 1 .282 .348 .447
2019vs Right .868 308 39 15 49 11 .288 .341 .527
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+7%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+14%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+38%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+2%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .855 340 56 20 51 14 .260 .338 .517
Since 2019Away .802 362 39 14 57 11 .266 .320 .482
2021Home 1.048 45 11 5 8 2 .286 .333 .714
2021Away .918 73 11 5 16 4 .265 .315 .603
2020Home .751 93 15 4 16 5 .215 .333 .418
2020Away .545 68 7 2 6 2 .164 .250 .295
2019Home .856 202 30 11 27 7 .274 .342 .514
2019Away .841 221 21 7 35 5 .298 .344 .498
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-16%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-41%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-33%
BAA vs RHP
2019
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .154 56 15 15 6 0 0 1
Since 2019vs Right .129 44 18 12 4 0 0 0
2021vs Left .135 51 14 12 5 0 0 1
2021vs Right .080 33 16 7 2 0 0 0
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
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-89%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-91%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-100%
ERA on Road
2019
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 1.76 1.70 15.1 0 0 0 14.1 12.9 0.0
Since 2019Away 16.20 2.20 5.0 1 1 0 16.2 9.0 1.8
2021Home 0.66 1.54 13.2 0 0 0 13.8 11.2 0.0
2021Away 7.20 1.00 5.0 1 0 0 16.2 3.6 1.8
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
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Stat Review
How does Shohei Ohtani compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 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 120 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
1.58
 
K/9
14.5
 
BB/9
9.2
 
HR/9
0.5
 
Fastball
96.8 mph
 
ERA
2.41
 
WHIP
1.39
 
BABIP
.209
 
GB/FB
3.17
 
Left On Base
79.7%
 
Exit Velocity
80.7 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
1.4%
 
Spin Rate
2285 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
18.9%
 
Swinging Strike
12.7%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Wild in five scoreless innings
PLos Angeles Angels
May 5, 2021
Ohtani completed five scoreless innings against Tampa Bay on Wednesday, allowing one hit and six walks while striking out seven. He did not factor in the decision.
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Pitching but won't hit Wednesday
PLos Angeles Angels
May 5, 2021
Ohtani will be the Angels' starting pitcher Wednesday against the Rays but won't serve as the designated hitter, Daniel Guerrero of MLB.com reports.
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Set to pitch Wednesday
PLos Angeles Angels
May 4, 2021
Ohtani (elbow) is scheduled is scheduled to be the Angels' starting pitcher Wednesday against the Rays, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
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Could return to mound Wednesday
PLos Angeles Angels
May 4, 2021
Ohtani (elbow) will be reevaluated Tuesday and could make his next start as soon as Wednesday, Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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Clocks ninth home run
PLos Angeles Angels
May 3, 2021
Ohtani went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and a double in Monday's 7-3 loss to the Rays.
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