By Rob Schardt
Have you ever heard of Shohei Ohtani? Well if you haven’t, you possibly have been hiding under a rock for a week now. Angels rookie phenom, Shohei Ohtani is literally making history after the one week in the big leagues. When the Ohtani sweepstakes began, the entire baseball world was beyond eager to know where he might end up. The amazing thing about him is that he is not only someone who can hit a 440-foot homerun, but can also throw 99 MPH.
Last night the rookie blasted his third homerun at an exist velocity of 112 MPH to propel the Angels to a miraculous 13-9 win over the A’s. Ohtani’s first career homerun came off Indians’ Josh Tomlin and his most notable one came off of 2-time Cy Young award winner Corey Kluber, which created an absolute tidal wave of news across Major League Baseball. The “Babe Ruth of Japan” has more than lived up to his name as the two-way player is not only successful in the batter’s box, but on the mound as well. Ohtani’s first career start was very impressive with a stat line that included 6 innings pitched, 3 runs given up, one walk and had 6 strikeouts.
Ohtani has been more than impressive and it is extremely excited to see how his final stat line finishes. Ohtani is something that the league has not seen since Babe Ruth… and that’s saying something. We all better start believing the hype around this kid because he certainly is something special. This past MLB draft we saw the Reds take 2-way star player Hunter Greene, who the Reds are still trying to figure out whether or not he is a position player or pitcher. Now Ohtani may open the door to more two way players in the league and baseball fans would LOVE to see that.
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