He’s also one of the fastest players in baseball. It’s part of why he can play in the outfield, too.
He’s stolen 15 bags on the season, which is eight more than the next closest Angel on the list. His speed impacts the Angels in ways that seem to go over many heads.
Shohei Ohtani’s speed is one of his most vital attributes towards the LA Angels.
Yesterday, Jomboy Media broke down Shohei Ohtani’s speed in a hilarious video where he dives into a stolen base that Ohtani had in the LA Angels at the Colorado Rockies series.
German Marquez literally tried to pick him off five times. He knew he was going. Shohei still took the bag.
Imagine having so much energy that you can be the starting pitcher of a game, get a base hit in the next half inning, have the pitcher attempt to pick you off two times, steal a base but have to go back because the hitter flew out, have the pitcher attempt to pick you off another three times, and then actually steal the base.
His endurance is insane, as we already knew. He’s able to get everything out of every single tool that he has.
It’s why it’s absolutely ludacris that people have suggested that Ohtani pick one position. He clearly can handle the workload, and Joe Maddon deserves credit for how he’s handled the two-way superstar.
Ohtani is both the fastest designated hitter in the league, as well as the fastest pitcher in the league.