Shohei Ohtani

Born: 07/05/1994 (Age: 22)
Throws: Right
Arm Slot: High 3/4
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 190
Acquisition Period: 1st Rd., 2012 NPB Draft (Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters)
Entry Point: High School
Primary Position: RF
Seconday Position: RF
Report Info
Evaluator:
Report Date: September 6th, 2016
Dates Seen: 2012-2015
Level: MLB
Affiliate: Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters - NPB Japan
MLB Team: N/A
Physical Description
Long, lanky frame; broad shoulders; lower-half strength.
Mechanical Notes
Smooth effort; some drop-and-drive in there, but still stays on top and creates good angle.
MLB ETA Future Floor Future Ceiling Realistic Role Risk
2018 60 70 Role 7- #1/2 Starter Moderate
Pitch Present Future Sitting Max Comments
Fastball
Fastball 80 80 93-97 100 Plus late life, jumps out of hand. Not a max effort arm; easy, athletic delivery. Has an extra gear without adding any violent effort.
Plus late life, jumps out of hand. Not a max effort arm; easy, athletic delivery. Has an extra gear without adding any violent effort.
Curveball
Curveball 50 60 75-79 81 11-to-5 break, tight rotation. Will get some hump, but good arm action. Lacks consistent feel right now; quick hand, see ingredients for future plus.
11-to-5 break, tight rotation. Will get some hump, but good arm action. Lacks consistent feel right now; quick hand, see ingredients for future plus.
Slider
Slider 45 55 81-85 90 3/4 to cut break; short tilt, inconsistent depth. Arm speed is there, will show average depth and bite. Chance to be solid-average to plus. Attempts to add/subtract, but still gaining feel for spin.
3/4 to cut break; short tilt, inconsistent depth. Arm speed is there, will show average depth and bite. Chance to be solid-average to plus. Attempts to add/subtract, but still gaining feel for spin.
Splitter
Splitter 55 60 86-88 91 Go-to secondary for strikes. Majority showing circle fade, arm side, but shows hard bottom, dive with two strikes. Comfortable using to both RHH and LHH. Chance to be plus.
Go-to secondary for strikes. Majority showing circle fade, arm side, but shows hard bottom, dive with two strikes. Comfortable using to both RHH and LHH. Chance to be plus.
Overall Command
Overall Command 40 60  
Overall Control
Overall Control  
Overall Description
Top-of-the-rotation guy with smooth, easy mechanics; has a chance for plus command of three plus pitches. Double-plus athlete that is still growing into his body and developing coordination. Has the makeup to go with the advanced skill set. Aggressive, will challenge; pounds the zone and locates to all quadrants with plus ability to put hitters away. Comfortable in high-profile position; big-game mentality, competitor; throttles up/back; shows the ability to win without his best stuff. Above-average defender, moves well off the mound and accurate throwing to bases. Limited looks on him as a position player, but shows above-average raw power to all fields in BP. Pick your rumor as far as when he will be posted. If the Fighters make a deep playoff run, there is a chance he is posted this year; otherwise look toward the end of the 2017 season.