Shohei Ohtani

27-Year-Old DHDH
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Simply put, we've never seen anything like Ohtani's 2021 season. He hit 46 homers, drove in 100 runs and stole 26 bases. Oh, and he also pitched 130.1 innings, fanning 156 and going 9-2 on the mound. The incredible two-way campaign earned Ohtani the AL MVP in a unanimous vote (even as Vladimir Guerrero Jr. came close to a Triple Crown), the 19th unanimous MVP vote in MLB history. Many in the fantasy game could not bank all those stats -- the Ohtani Rules vary from platform to platform, and most in weekly lineup leagues had to choose whether to deploy Ohtani at UT or P, sacrificing one side of his production in a given week. He made seven appearances in the outfield last season and remains DH-only on offense in most formats, but Ohtani is a once-in-a-lifetime baseball player with more tools in his set than anyone else in the game. He's the easy No. 1 overall in leagues that allow daily lineup moves. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
$Signed a two-year, $8.5 million contract with the Angels in February of 2021.
Pummels homer in loss
DHLos Angeles Angels
June 25, 2022
Ohtani went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and a walk in Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Mariners.
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Ohtani tied the game at 1-1 in the third inning with a moonshot -- it went 462 feet with an exit velocity of 118 mph, per Statcast. That's his second-hardest hit ball of the year, and it counted as his 16th homer. Five of those long balls have come in the last 14 games. The two-way star is slashing .261/.339/.493 with 47 RBI, 45 runs scored, seven stolen bases, 13 doubles and a triple through 307 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
14
12
22
2
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
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7
4
9
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+8%
OPS vs RHP
2022
 
 
+32%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+3%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+43%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .838 386 47 21 49 12 .240 .329 .509
Since 2020vs Right .905 725 123 47 120 28 .253 .366 .540
2022vs Left .690 113 10 3 13 3 .230 .310 .380
2022vs Right .910 198 35 13 34 4 .276 .359 .552
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
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+14%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+25%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+8%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+38%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .937 588 102 40 104 24 .257 .376 .561
Since 2020Away .822 523 68 28 65 16 .239 .327 .495
2022Home .916 167 26 10 29 5 .287 .377 .538
2022Away .734 144 19 6 18 2 .229 .299 .435
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
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Since 2020
 
 
-21%
BAA vs RHP
2022
 
 
-16%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-24%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-33%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .233 419 114 38 87 17 0 16
Since 2020vs Right .185 403 135 30 67 18 0 7
2022vs Left .225 140 43 10 29 6 0 4
2022vs Right .190 133 47 6 24 6 0 4
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
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Since 2020
 
 
-55%
ERA at Home
2022
 
 
-28%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-61%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-100%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2020Home 2.24 1.03 116.2 9 2 0 11.0 3.3 1.0
Since 2020Away 4.95 1.22 83.2 6 5 0 11.4 2.7 1.1
2022Home 2.45 0.85 36.2 3 2 0 11.5 2.0 1.0
2022Away 3.41 1.20 31.2 3 2 0 12.2 2.3 1.1
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
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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
0.43
 
BB Rate
10.3%
 
K Rate
24.1%
 
BABIP
.297
 
ISO
.230
 
AVG
.259
 
OBP
.341
 
SLG
.489
 
OPS
.830
 
wOBA
.356
 
Exit Velocity
 
Hard Hit Rate
36.3%
 
Barrels/PA
11.3%
 
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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.
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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Strikes out career-high 13
DHLos Angeles Angels
June 22, 2022
Ohtani (6-4) dominated with eight scoreless innings to earn the win over the Royals on Wednesday. He struck out 13 while allowing just two hits and a walk.
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Huge game in extra-innings loss
DHLos Angeles Angels
June 22, 2022
Ohtani went 3-for-4 with two home runs and eight RBI in Tuesday's 12-11 extra-innings loss to the Royals.
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Sitting Friday
DHLos Angeles Angels
June 17, 2022
Ohtani will hit the bench Friday against the Mariners, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
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Picks up fifth win
DHLos Angeles Angels
June 16, 2022
Ohtani (5-4) allowed three hits and two walks while striking out six over six shutout innings to earn the win Thursday versus the Mariners. He also went 2-for-4 at the plate.
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Not in Sunday's lineup
DHLos Angeles Angels
June 12, 2022
Ohtani is not in the lineup Sunday against the Mets, Sam Blum of The Athletic reports.
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