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LA Angels: Shohei Ohtani continues to flex home-run power

Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
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Another game, another home run for Shohei Ohtani. Once again, the Angels two-way star launched a long ball over the center-field batter’s eye on Tuesday in the Angels 17-8 win over Cleveland.

Angels: Two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani has unlimited potential when healthy.

The home run was listed at 464 feet, compared to his previous moonshot estimated at 468 feet. This power-display from the 26-year-old comes one game after he hit two solo home runs in Monday’s 7-3 loss to the Reds.

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Ohtani is one of the hottest hitters in the Cactus League, slashing .579/.571/1.211 with four home runs and seven RBI in 19 at-bats.

It’s scary to think what Ohtani can do for a full-season if he can stay healthy. I’ve said it often, and I’ll say it again, having a player who can throw 100 MPH and hit 450-plus foot home runs should not be taken for granted.

On the mound, Ohtani has allowed six earned runs on four hits, while striking out nine and walking three through four innings pitched. It’s not exactly lights-out type of numbers, but it’s only been two starts, and he’s coming back from an injury. The important thing for Ohtani during camp is to get his feet wet and get back to feeling comfortable on the mound, so he’s ready to go in the regular season. Manager Joe Maddon has said Ohtani will be used as part of a six-man rotation and likes what he sees so far.

"“Bottle this and keep it for the next 10 years,” Maddon said after Tuesday’s win. “He’s feeling really good about himself.”"

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Sure it’s only spring training, but it’s better for a player to be performing well than struggling. There are no guarantees Ohtani can carry his hot bat into April, but one thing is certain. When he’s locked-in, there is unlimited potential.

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