In the last 10 seasons, only one pitcher (Alex Cobb) generated more misses in his first career start.
The Japanese two-way star gave up three runs in six innings in a win Sunday over the Athletics on the road, demonstrating that he may what it takes to be a solid Major League Baseball pitcher.
But, after making his regular season debut on the mound against the Oakland Athletics on Sunday, it seems quite clear that Ohtani has a promising, and potentially incredibly special, career ahead of him. The Babe was playing for the Yankees by that point, but Ohtani matched two other Boston accomplishments with his performance as designated hitter Tuesday. The Angels had $2.315 million in worldwide signing money to offer Ohtani. "He showed the ability to just square up a baseball, and he had a great night for us".
The Texas Rangers will not face Shohei Ohtani the pitcher during a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels that begins on Monday at Globe Life Park.
Ohtani became the first player to win as a starting pitcher, then start and hit a home run as a non-pitcher in his next game in the same season since Babe Ruth pulled off the feat in 1921, per the Washington Post.
The Los Angeles Angels beat the Cleveland Indians by 13-2.
On Sunday, Anaheim Angels rookie sensation Shohei Ohtani picked up a win in his major league pitching debut in Oakland.
There's no denying that Ohtani still has some work to do to reach his true potential at the plate. Every move he makes is sure to get dissected by the media.
Matt Citak is a contributor for CBS Local Sports and a proud Vanderbilt alum.