The Angels have a different player than what has been seen in modern baseball. This is Shohei Ohtani, a right-handed shooter, throws a 100mph fastball. As a left-handed hitter, he hit 48 home runs with 166 RBIs, while cutting .286 / .358 / .500, during his five seasons with the Japan Pacific League Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters. Here is a timeline of his first season in the big leagues.
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If first impressions are an indication, Shohei Ohtani will be able to contribute to the Angels on the plate and on the mound, or better.
The Japanese two-way superstar made it to the base in all three plate appearances on Monday in his spring training debut as a hitter.
Batting second for the Angels against the Padres, Ohtani walked on the first inning after starting with a 0-2 count, then added another base on balls in the third. His biggest contribution came in the fifth, when Ohtani doubled Eric Young Jr. with a RBI single to center field, starting what turned into a four-run inning for the Angels.
Shohei Ohtani, the most famous hitter / pitcher in baseball since Babe Ruth, had mixed results in his first appearance in the MLB game in Tempe, Arizona.
The 23-year-old former Japanese star got the start for the Angels against the Brewers. He pitched 1 1/3 innings, pitching 31 pitches, before manager Mike Sciosia threw it in with the score tied 2-2. That's the standard procedure for most pitchers in early spring games, having a low pitch count, and leaving early.
The right-hander struck out the first and the last batter he faced in the first inning, but worked in the middle. He fell behind starting hitter Jonathan Villar, 3-1, who then snapped a liner to deep center that bounced off the wall for a ground rule double.
After hitting the next hitter, Nate Orf, in a divider, Ohtani walked to Ji-Man Choi. With cleanup hitter Manny Piña raised, Ohtani threw a wild pitch to the ground. Catcher Martín Maldonado's serve to second base in an attempt to catch Choi's advance allowed a run to score.
Piña fouled, and Ohtani then struck out Brett Phillips on four pitches to end the inning with 26 pitches. After starting hitter Keon Broxton homered off Ohtani to start the second inning, the pitcher retired Nick Franklin on a fly before getting the hook.
Ohtani's bottom line: 1 1/3 innings, two hits, a earned run, two strikeouts, a walk, a wild pitch, and that home run to Broxton.
Of course, the eyes of the baseball world watched Ohtani, as they will throughout the season, to see how he adapts to the American game. The initial consensus is that he showed good movement on his pitches, even if some ended up outside the strike zone.
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