2022 Player Outlook
Even if Ohtani didn't have his pitching statistics, his offensive numbers might have been even better. He hit .257 with 46 home runs, 100 RBI, 103 runs scored and stole 26 bases. Sure, he was caught stealing 10 times, but he's out there running like a mad man! He strikes out a bit more than one would like, but you can leave with a couple extra strikeouts in exchange for 97th percentile or better rankings last season in average exit velocity, max exit velocity, hard hit rate, and barrel rate. Ohtani was exceptional on the bump last year, posting a 9-2 record with a 3.18 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 156 strikeouts over 130 innings of work. The Angels will use a six-man rotation once again, largely to preserve Ohtani and his dreaded splitter. His splitter posted a 48.5 percent whiff rate last season and accounted for 49 percent of his strikeouts. Ohtani is a fantasy unicorn and he'll cost you significant draft capital, but he's worth it. Put the pitching numbers aside, and the guy hit 46 home runs and stole 26 bases last year. Guys that join the 45/25 club don't grow on trees, and are we assured that we saw last year is his absolute best? It might be, and injuries are always a risk, but I'm willing to take the risk for 40+ home runs, 20+ stolen bases, 10+ wins and an ERA in the low-3s. The two-way star will frontline the Los Angeles rotation and his slider and splitter will look to give opposing batters fits yet again in 2022. He may not log a large workload like other aces in the league, but on a per-inning basis, he should be one of the most effective pitchers in the game. He's a fantasy unicorn, and is priced as such.