If first impressions are any indication, Shohei Ohtani will indeed be able to contribute to the Angels at the plate as well as on the mound — or better.
The two-way superstar from Japan reached base in all three plate appearances Monday in his spring training debut as a hitter.
Batting second for the Angels against the Padres, Ohtani drew a walk in the first inning after starting with a 0-2 count, then added another walk in the third. His biggest contribution came in the fifth, when Ohtani followed Eric Young Jr.'s one-out double with an RBI single to center, starting what became a four-run inning for the Angels.
Shohei Ohtani perfect at plate in first spring training game as Angels' DH
Sporting News | Feb 26