After an unpleasant (to say the least) Spring Training for the Japanese wonder, Shohei Ohtani, a lot of fans started to doubt if the Nipponese really is that talented and if he was going to make it at a Major Leagues level. But Los Angeles Angels manager, Mike Scioscia, has faith in Ohtani and believes that he will be successful in the league.
According to MLB Pipeline, the Japanese will start the Opening Day as a designated hitter against the Oakland Athletics. Also, Fernando Alvarez from ESPN reports that Scioscia has designated Ohtani to start this Sunday as a starting pitcher.
The Nipponese phenom was very inconsistent with his pitches during this Spring Training games, as his totals are 8 1/3 innings, 18 hits, 15 earned runs, 19 strikeouts, 4 HRs, 16.20 ERA through the whole preseason.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia, on the potential longterm pitching success of Shohei Ohtani, who will start the series finale against the A's on Sunday: "With a six-man rotation, it gives it a chance to be very feasible." https://t.co/eAYP8Dv7fs pic.twitter.com/k1hZGgSMpO— Paul Gutierrez (@PGutierrezESPN) 29 de marzo de 2018
Despite his awful preseason, there's no doubt of the Japanese potential as he 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.