Shohei Ohtani
24-Year-Old DHDH
10-Day IL
Injury Elbow
Est. Return 5/1/2019
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. 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.
Hits in simulated game
DHLos Angeles Angels
Elbow
April 24, 2019
Ohtani (elbow) had four plate appearances in a simulated game Wednesday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
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Ohtani's had no issues during his first live at-bats of his rehab as he went 2-for-2 with a pair of walks. According to Ardaya, the Angels will look to get the 24-year-old about 40 plate appearances in the simulated setting over the next week, which should be the final step before his return from the injured list.
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Since 2017
 
 
+59%
OPS vs RHP
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+59%
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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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+8%
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+8%
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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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-9%
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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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-47%
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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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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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Won't return in April
DHLos Angeles Angels
Elbow
April 23, 2019
Ohtani (elbow) is still expected to take live batting practice this week but he won't be activated before the end of April, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
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To face live pitching this week
DHLos Angeles Angels
Elbow
April 22, 2019
Ohtani (elbow) is expected to take part in live batting practice at Angel Stadium sometime this week, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
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Extends to 90 feet
DHLos Angeles Angels
Elbow
April 19, 2019
Ohtani (elbow) threw from 90 feet Friday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
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Will take BP with team Friday
DHLos Angeles Angels
Elbow
April 18, 2019
Ohtani (elbow) is scheduled to take batting practice on the field with the team Friday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
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To hit in simulated games
DHLos Angeles Angels
Elbow
April 16, 2019
Ohtani (elbow) won't be required to begin a rehab assignment but will instead face live pitching in simulated games, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
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