The much-anticipated MLB debut as a pitcher of the Japanese wonder, Shohei Ohtani, didn't go as well as anticipated, but he showed some interesting skills on the mound.
The Angels were scheduled to face the Brewers this afternoon, with Ohtani as the starting pitcher for the game, as he faced his first test as a Major League pitcher. He threw 1.1 innings and gave up 2 hits, 2 runs, 1 ER, walked one batter, struck out other 2, gave up a home run and notched a 6.75 ERA, as he threw 31 pitches, which 17 of them were strikes.
According to some scouts and reporters, his fastball ranged between 93 and 97 mph and showed a good 69 mph curveball.
Some reports indicate that 23-year-old Japanese playing schedule marks that he will not play as a designated the days before, after and of course, the day when he pitches, making him eligible to play on Monday.
Shohei Ohtani allowed a run while recording two strikeouts and a foul popout in his first inning. His fastball ranged from 93-97 mph. He threw some nasty secondary pitches, including a particularly nice 69-mph curveball.— Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) 24 de febrero de 2018