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New Ohtani Pr0n from Fangraphs


nate

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TL;DR:
"Not every single Ohtani slider was intended to be down and off the plate, but far too many Ohtani sliders were backing up on him. Ohtani had been leaving sliders up, often by mistake. Sunday, that problem almost disappeared."

"While his fastball is obviously fast, it doesn’t have that much of a swing-and-miss profile. Ohtani’s fastball doesn’t rise all that much, so it probably won’t pile up the whiffs. The splitter is very clearly fantastic, but hitters might also try to eliminate it, figuring it generally ends up below the zone. As a fastball/splitter pitcher, Ohtani could be very good, but he’d be in trouble in games where the splitter is getting away from him. If the slider is going to be there — and, for that matter, the curveball, too — that makes hitting all the more complicated. Ohtani would have more options, and hitters would be more on the defensive. Ohtani, in short, would have a full, complete repertoire."

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