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How Will Shohei Ohtani Adjust To MLB?

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This offseason the Angels signed Japanese star Shohei Ohtani, Othani is a two-way player, who will pitch and DH this season for the Angels.

In Ohtani last full season with the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters in 2016, he batted .322 with 22 homers and on the mound went 10-4, 1.86 ERA with 174 K in 140 innings pitched.

Ohtani brings a triple-digit fastball along with a nasty slider, forkball, and an occasional curveball. In 2017 Ohtani missed some time due to an ankle injury, but he looks to be fully healed.

In the majors, Ohtani will have to adjust to many things, he will have to get used to the cultural differences from Japan to America. He will also get pitched much different in the Majors than in the Japanese league.

Scouts who scouted the likes of Hideki Matsui and Ichiro Suzuki said ” These guys have some much respect from pitchers in there country. I never seen a batter get so many cookies”. That will not happen in the Majors, I think Ohtani will see a lot of breaking balls low and inside, to keep him off balance.

On the mound Ohtani will have to get use to the Major-league pitching schedule, there is no automatic Mondays off in the Majors like in the Japanese league.

At the end of the day, Ohtani has the tools to be a superstar in this league. It will take him some time to adjust to major league pitching and to get use to learn how to pitch to major league batters.

It will help that Ohtani will have players like Albert Pujols and Mike Trout to help him along the way with hitting and how to approach the game. It looks like Ohtani will be starting pitcher and will DH on days he does not pitch, it will be interesting to see how a 2-way player will do in this day in age.

There is no doubt Ohtani has the skills to be a superstar, he just needs time to get acclimated to the majors, then the sky is the limit.

 

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White Sox Acquire Ivan Nova

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The Chicago White Sox have acquired right handed starter Ivan Nova from the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray.

According to Fancred’s Jon Heyman, the Pirates will receive a “young pitcher” and an unstated amount of international bonus pool availability in return for Nova.

Nova posted a 9-9 record with a 4.19 ERA last season for the Pirates.

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Yankees “Open To Moving” Miguel Andujar

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The New York Yankees have a future superstar in Miguel Andujar, a fan favorite, yet they have been constantly linked to rumors of being open to dealing him, despite his huge rookie season.

This one, just doesn’t make much sense if the plan is to move Andujar to make room for the likes of Manny Machado.

According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray, the Yankees are “open to moving” Andjuar via trade, but there is no clear trade path to reference at this time.

This development clearly shows the Yankees desire to sign Machado to a free agent deal.

The Yankees and Mets have also been linked in a potential deal that could see Noah Syndergaard end up in New York, with Andujar on his way out.

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Rangers Sign Rafael Montero

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a minor-league deal with right handed pitcher Rafael Montero, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant.

Montero is still working back from Tommy John surgery, and was once a top prospect in the New York Mets organization , but struggled transitioning to the major league level, putting together a woeful 5.38 ERA over 192 1/3 innings pitched.

 

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