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  • From the moment Shohei Ohtani signed with the Angels in 2017, there was the potential that he would not only change Major League Baseball, but also change the way players are developed.

  • Here was a legitimate two-way player who drew comparisons to Babe Ruth, an intriguing experiment for a Major League team and something baseball fans hadn't seen in a century.

  • After dealing with injuries the past two seasons, Ohtani's back at full strength in 2021 and he seems to do something amazing every night.

  • How good he has been?

  • This is By the Numbers.

  • The 2-2 to Brantley.

  • Back to Shohei.

  • To put it bluntly, Shohei Ohtani is a freak.

  • So far this season, he's thrown a pitch of 101 miles per hour and hit a ball 451 feet.

  • He also hit a ball off the bat 119 miles per hour; that's in the top 1% of all batted balls this season.

  • But that'll happen when you have a barrel rate of 22.6%, which also puts Ohtani in the top 1% of all MLB players.

  • Ohtani is on pace to finish the season with more than 40 home runs, more than 100 RBIs, and an OPS north of 900.

  • That's a great season, but remember: It's only half his game.

  • On the mound, Ohtani's talents are equally clear.

  • He strikes out around 35%of the batters he faces, which puts him in the top 9% among all MLB pitchers.

  • Not only that, but his whiff ratewhich is the percentage of swings against him that come up emptythat's in the 95th percentile.

  • That means he gets more swings and misses than 95 percent of MLB pitchers.

  • And when batters do make contact, it's often not great.

  • The average exit velocity against him is just under 89 miles per hour; that's weak contact by MLB standards.

  • He throws five pitches that keep hitters off-balance and guessing.

  • Though his fastball averages 96 miles per hour and frequently hits triple digits, it's not even his most effective pitch.

  • That would be his split-finger fastball that clocks in at just under 90 mph and generates a whiff rate of almost 60 percent

  • Not only that, but batters have a microscopic .049 batting average against that pitch.

  • So, it's not really a surprise that Ohtani averages 13.4 strikeouts per nine innings, which is insanely good.

  • And as if that talent wasn't enough, there's this: Ohtani's sprint speed is in the 96th percentile, that means he runs faster than all but 4% of MLB players.

  • So, basically, he's doing it all.

  • If he maintains this pace the rest of the season, Ohtani will finish with a WAR of more than 10.

  • That would put his overall value in 2021 on a par with some all-time Hall of Fame greats such as Willie Mays and Sandy Koufax.

  • As a pitcher, Ohtani's on pace to finish with around 5 Wins Above Replacement.

  • That's basically an average Clayton Kershaw season.

  • As a hitter, he's on pace to finish close to 6 Wins Above Replacement.

  • That would be roughly what Nolan Arenado has averaged over his past five full seasons.

  • So, yeah, Shohei Ohtani is a baseball specimen like we've not seen in, well, everat least not by anyone alive today.

  • So take it all in, baseball fans, because Ohtani is literally making history with every game he plays.

  • He does it again. A mile high toward the wall. Shohei Otani!

  • Seriously, are you kidding me?

  • Shotime!

From the moment Shohei Ohtani signed with the Angels in 2017, there was the potential that he would not only change Major League Baseball, but also change the way players are developed.

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