Shohei Ohtani smoked another big home run Thursday, a sizzling shot to straightaway center against the puny Oakland Athletics. It was his 10th dinger of the season, and his seventh in the month of June, a period during which he’s also hit for the cycle and driven his slugging percentage up from .345 to a healthy .519.
Did you know that Ohtani currently ranks seventh in all of baseball in average exit velocity? Despite working his way back into rhythm after having missed the first month of the season while recovering from Tommy John surgery? Ohtani is smashing the ball harder than Gary Sanchez and Bryce Harper and even Cody Bellinger. He ranked 15th in baseball last season, despite being a rookie and playing the last few months of the season all smashed up and mangled, nursing lingering injuries to various parts of his body. The UCL injury has robbed him of the opportunity to put up lunatic home run totals like those of Christian Yelich, Pete Alonso, and Edwin Encarnación, but power has absolutely nothing to do with it. Ohtani has awesome power.