Shohei Ohtani
25-Year-Old DHDH
Out
Injury Knee
Est. Return 2/1/2020
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.
Rehab remains on track
DHLos Angeles Angels
Knee
November 11, 2019
Ohtani (knee) remains on track to finish his rehab in mid-December, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
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Ohtani was limited to hitting duties all season while his arm recovered from Tommy John surgery. His time as a designated hitter ended prematurely as well after he was shut down for surgery on his left kneecap in mid-September. He's been running on an anti-gravity treadmill and throwing from a distance of 120 feet, with the goal of getting back on a mound by the end of the month.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
65
1
2
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
23
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+30%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+9%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+59%
OPS vs RHP
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .725 225 17 5 26 3 .252 .324 .401
Since 2017vs Right .946 564 93 35 97 19 .299 .362 .585
2019vs Left .794 115 12 3 13 1 .282 .348 .447
2019vs Right .868 308 39 15 49 11 .288 .341 .527
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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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+2%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+2%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+8%
OPS on Road
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .875 412 63 26 62 12 .275 .333 .543
Since 2017Away .892 377 47 14 61 10 .298 .371 .521
2019Home .856 202 30 11 27 7 .274 .342 .514
2019Away .841 221 21 7 35 5 .298 .344 .498
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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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-9%
BAA vs LHP
2019
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2018
 
 
-9%
BAA vs LHP
2017
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
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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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-47%
ERA at Home
2019
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2018
 
 
-47%
ERA at Home
2017
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
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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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
0.30
 
BB Rate
7.8%
 
K Rate
26.0%
 
BABIP
.354
 
ISO
.219
 
AVG
.286
 
OBP
.343
 
SLG
.505
 
OPS
.848
 
wOBA
.366
 
Exit Velocity
92.8 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
49.6%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Extends out to 100 feet
DHLos Angeles Angels
Knee
October 25, 2019
Ohtani (knee) has been cleared to throw from 100 feet, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
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Begins throwing program
DHLos Angeles Angels
Knee
September 26, 2019
Ohtani (knee) played catch while sitting down Wednesday to start his throwing program, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
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Undergoes successful surgery
DHLos Angeles Angels
Knee
September 13, 2019
Ohtani underwent successful surgery Friday to address a bipartite patella in his left knee, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
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Set for season-ending surgery
DHLos Angeles Angels
Knee
September 12, 2019
Ohtani will undergo season-ending surgery to address a bipartite patella in his left knee.
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Goes deep in loss
DHLos Angeles Angels
September 12, 2019
Ohtani went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Wednesday's loss to Cleveland.
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