Things now look much clearer for Shoehi Ohtani; with a few games this Spring Training both in the mound and in the batting cage, we now have a better look of what we could expect from the Japanese wonder.
Angels' manager, Mike Scioscia now has a better idea on how will he use Ohtani's two-way abilities, and how they will keep him away from injuries, as he told to MLB.com in an interview
As far as the starting pitching, he'll be one of our six in the rotation with us and if we can get out there and get him 23, 24, 25 starts or whatever it might be then we're going to be a better team
The Angels will one of two teams in the Majors this season that will be using a six-man rotation, the other being the Texas Rangers. Ohtani's hitting schedule will depend on when he pitches, as is reported that he will be designated hitter only on days other than when he pitches or the day before and after he takes the mound.
Scioscia also said:
Not so much to erode what he needs to do on the mound. I think that there's a balance there that we need to find. As much as possible when he's available we're going to look at lineup options. The biggest impact that Shohei is going to have for us right now is really going to be in the rotation and we'll get him as many at-bats as we can
Ohtani caused sensation amongst MLB teams with his impressive numbers in the Japanese League, where showed immense skills with his arm and with the bat. He has a record of 42-15 with an ERA of 2.52 and 624 strikeouts. In the other side, he batted a .282 AVG with 296 hits, 48 HR's and 166 RBI's.