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OC Register: Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani wins AL Rookie of the Year


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Despite showing only a partial season of his talent as a two-way player, Shohei Ohtani did enough to win the American League Rookie of the Year award.

Ohtani received 25 of 30 first-place votes to take the award, which was announced on Monday.

Ohtani is the first Angels’ player to win the award since Mike Trout won unanimously in 2012.

Ohtani, 24, hit .285 with 22 homers and a .925 OPS in 367 plate appearances. He pitched 51-2/3 innings, with an elbow injury costing him a chance to pitch the entire season. He posted a 3.31 ERA with 63 strikeouts.

No one else in major league history had ever hit 20 homers and recorded 50 strikeouts as a pitcher in the same season.

For the first two months of the season, Ohtani lived up to the hype as a two-way player. However, he was diagnosed with a damaged ulnar collateral ligament in June. He attempted to rehab it without surgery, and he made it back for one brief start in September, before Tommy John surgery was recommended.

Although Ohtani finished the season as a hitter, he underwent the surgery just after the season, so he won’t be able to pitch again until 2020.

Ohtani finished ahead of two New York Yankees infielders, Miguel Andújar and Gleyber Torres.

More to come on this story.

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