July 28, 2021

A Healthy, Breakout Season for Shohei Ohtani Would Significantly Propel the Angels (Baseball Essential)


As currently constructed, the Los Angeles Angels aren’t going to the playoffs in 2020. The player that could change that notion? Shohei Ohtani.

In his two years in the show Ohtani has been a sight to behold, specifically at the plate.

From the get-go, he has been a prominent contributor to the Angels offense. Hitting .285, posting a .925 OPS and 151 OPS+, and totaling 22 home runs and 61 RBIs across just 104 games, Ohtani was one of their preeminent hitters. His second season brought more of the same.

Across 106 games he hit .286, posted an .848 OPS and 123 OPS+, and totaled 18 home runs and 62 RBIs.  Ohtani has a bit of an uppercut in his swing but it has helped him demolish pitches in his hot zone.

In 2018 Ohtani finished in the top two percent of Major League Baseball in barrel percentage (16.0 percent) and the top four percent in average exit velocity (92.6 mph) and hard-hit percentage (50.2 percent). Last season he finished in the top three percent in average exit velocity (92.8 mph) and the top 10 percent in hard-hit percentage (47.1 percent).

Ohtani started on a consistent basis in the early stages of his rookie season. Recording a 3.31 ERA, a 3.57 FIP, a 1.16 WHIP,…

Read “A Healthy, Breakout Season for Shohei Ohtani Would Significantly Propel the Angels” at Baseball Essential