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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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Red Sox Designate Eduardo Nunez For Assignment

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The Boston Red Sox have designated infielder Eduardo Nunez for assignment, according to a team announcement on Monday.

Boston also optioned right hander Hector Velazquez to Triple A Pawtucket.

In corresponding moves, the Red Sox have called up right hander Ryan Weber and first basemen/outfielder Sam Travis from Triple A.

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Royals Considered Likely to be Moving Billy Hamilton, Terrance Gore

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As the trade deadline approaches, the Kansas City Royals may be ready to enter sale mode.

According to MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan, the Royals may be moving both Billy Hamilton and Terrance Gore, who has already been designated for assignment.

Hamilton has been dropped to a backup role following the Royals call up of top prospect Bubba Starling, and hasn’t started a game since July 3rd.

Hamilton has posted a .217/.284/.271 slash line this season.

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Orioles’ Mychal Givens Drawing Trade Interest

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The Baltimore Orioles are again going to be sellers at the trade deadline and it appears that closer Mychal Givens is available, and drawing interest, according to MASNSports’ Rock Kubatko.

Per the report, the Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies have expressed interest in the pitcher.

Givens has posted a 4.50 ERA this season for Baltimore.

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