Shohei Ohtani

27-Year-Old DHDH
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
#171
ADP
$Signed a two-year, $8.5 million contract with the Angels in February of 2021.
Socks leadoff home run
DHLos Angeles Angels
October 4, 2021
Ohtani went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and two walks in Sunday's 7-6 win over the Mariners.
ANALYSIS
Ohtani took Tyler Anderson deep in the first inning, putting the Angels on the board right away. He only had two long balls in his last 21 games, but he finished with 46 home runs. The 26-year-old finished the season with a .257/.372/.592 slash line, including 46 home runs, 100 RBI, 103 runs and 26 steals in 639 plate appearances.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
17
79
4
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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6
38
2
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+3%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+3%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+43%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+9%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .868 388 49 21 49 10 .255 .340 .528
Since 2019vs Right .890 835 127 49 135 35 .261 .358 .532
2021vs Left .980 224 35 18 34 7 .263 .344 .636
2021vs Right .954 415 68 28 66 19 .254 .388 .566
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
 
 
+8%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+8%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+38%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+2%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .916 623 106 41 102 26 .255 .364 .551
Since 2019Away .850 600 70 29 82 19 .264 .340 .510
2021Home 1.003 328 61 26 59 14 .254 .387 .616
2021Away .926 311 42 20 41 12 .260 .357 .569
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
 
 
-23%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-24%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-33%
BAA vs RHP
2019
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .237 279 71 28 58 11 0 12
Since 2019vs Right .182 270 88 24 43 12 0 3
2021vs Left .235 274 70 25 57 11 0 12
2021vs Right .178 259 86 19 41 12 0 3
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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Since 2019
 
 
-64%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-61%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-100%
ERA on Road
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 2.14 1.11 80.0 6 0 0 10.8 3.9 1.0
Since 2019Away 5.88 1.23 52.0 3 3 0 10.9 2.9 1.0
2021Home 1.95 1.07 78.1 6 0 0 10.7 3.4 1.0
2021Away 5.02 1.12 52.0 3 2 0 10.9 2.4 1.0
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 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.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as 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.
BB/K
0.51
 
BB Rate
15.0%
 
K Rate
29.6%
 
BABIP
.303
 
ISO
.335
 
AVG
.257
 
OBP
.372
 
SLG
.592
 
OPS
.965
 
wOBA
.403
 
Exit Velocity
84.9 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
44.9%
 
Barrels/PA
13.1%
 
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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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Bags two steals in win
DHLos Angeles Angels
September 30, 2021
Ohtani went 2-for-5 with two stolen bases and a run Wednesday in the Angels' 7-2 win over the Rangers.
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Won't pitch again this season
DHLos Angeles Angels
September 29, 2021
Manager Joe Maddon said Wednesday that Ohtani won't make another turn through the starting rotation but will continue to serve as the designated hitter for the final five games of the season, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
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Fans 10 across seven frames
DHLos Angeles Angels
September 26, 2021
Ohtani got a no-decision in Sunday's 5-1 loss to Seattle, allowing one run on five hits with 10 strikeouts in seven innings.
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Laces two triples
DHLos Angeles Angels
September 25, 2021
Ohtani went 2-for-3 with two triples, three runs, three RBI, two walks and a strikeout In Saturday's 14-1 triumph over the Mariners.
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Draws three more free passes
DHLos Angeles Angels
September 24, 2021
Ohtani went 0-for-1 with three walks, a run and a stolen base in Thursday's 3-2 win over the Astros.
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