Here’s How ESPN, CBS, And Yahoo Fantasy Are Planning To Deal With Pitcher/Hitter Shohei Ohtani
When 23-year-old Japanese baseball phenom Shohei Ohtani officially signed with the Los Angeles Angels many fans wondered how the various fantasy sites would deal with the pitcher/hitter? They also wondered how the Angels themselves would deal with him too, but, duh, that issue is much less important than what happens with their fantasy teams.
The answer to the latter issue, how the Angels will handle Ohtani, appears to have been settled (for now) rather simply.
According to ESPN,
Angels manager Mike Scioscia provided some insights into the nuts and bolts of the team’s plans for Ohtani in conjunction with the reporting date for pitchers and catchers. Scioscia confirmed that Ohtani will be part of a six-man starting rotation in Anaheim, and his exposure as a designated hitter will be based in part on the workload he’s prepared to handle. The Angels regard Ohtani as a pitcher first, and they’ll work off that assumption in assessing his offensive role.
In 2016, the season when Ohtani officially hit Major League Baseball front office’s radar, in 104 games Ohtani hit 22 home runs, batted .322 and had an OBP of .416. He also pitched in 21 games, going 10-4 with an ERA of 1.86 while striking out 174 batters in 140 innings. Easy to see why he became a very coveted player by Major League teams.