Coined the “Japanese Babe Ruth” because of his ability to both hit and pitch at the professional level, Ohtani will be one of the biggest storylines surrounding the game throughout the entire 2018 season. Questions surround him not only due to his novelty as a player who wants to try to do both in the Majors, but also about how the Angels plan to use him and limit his workload.
After an underwhelming Spring Training, many were concerned that Ohtani had too much on his plate. Jeff Passan wrote an article for Yahoo Sports that cited scouts who had already said that Ohtani’s bat was not Major League ready, let alone his arm. Some considered a situation in which Ohtani struggles so much at the plate that the Angels would attempt to convert him into a full-time pitcher.
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