OK, So Shohei Ohtani Is Already The Best Player In The Majors

Bryan Brandom
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Six games into his stateside career, 23-year-old Shohei Ohtani has already made the league his and proven the absurdity of his salary — because he’s two stars rolled into one.

In the early going, Ohtani the hitter has been his Los Angeles Angels‘ most potent offensive threat, leading the team in home runs (three through four games as a DH; tied with Mike Trout), batting average (.389), and OPS (1.310).

And he’s probably even better as a pitcher. On Sunday, he pushed his record to 2-0 by flirting with a perfect game against the Oakland A’s, finishing the day with 12 strikeouts and only one hit and one walk surrendered — lowering his WHIP to a majors-leading 0.462.

I know. 

This unheard of confluence of skills has yielded some remarkable stats.

Especially in the American League — with his ability to DH on off days — his starring on the mound and at the dish, should he keep this up, would easily make him the most valuable player in the big leagues.

Even more unfair than his skill package: that the Angels, due to MLB’s restrictions on international free agents, have both these studs locked up on a rookie deal for six freaking years.