It’s time for the return! There’s so much hype in Los Angeles that perhaps one of the most fun players in the area may not get be getting enough attention. Mookie Betts is now in LA, and the Angels added Anthony Rendon in free agency. Jo Adell will make his highly anticipated debut in 2020, but don’t forget about Shohei Ohtani ’s return to the mound! We haven’t seen him on the mound since 2018 after going under the knife for Tommy John surgery, but his rehab is nearly complete and he is throwing bullpens. Ohtani is a solid hitter and has value as a hitter alone, given his ability to make hard contact and contribute across the board. However, if he’s ever going to peak and emerge in the top tier of guys at his position, I think it’s on the mound.

 

In 51.2 innings back in 2018, Ohtani was electric. He posted a 3.31 ERA with a whopping 29.9 percent strikeout rate. Furthermore, his 15.2 percent swinging strike rate in 2018 rivals the marks posted by Jacob deGrom (15.4%) and