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Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani hits the hardest ball this year at 119 MPH

  • April 13, 2021

Shohei Ohtani did Monday night. 

The Los Angeles Angels two-way player — sporting a 1.109 OPS through his first 41 plate appearances this year — scalded a double off reliever Kansas City Royals reliever Scott Barlow to right field that one-hopped the wall and left the bat at 119 mph, according to MLB’s Statcast. 

Two runs scored to give the Angels a 6-3 lead in the seventh inning, and Ohtani joined an exclusive list of players who have hit a ball that hard since Statcast began tracking in 2015. The 2018 American League Rookie of the Year is the first left-handed hitter to join the 119-mph-plus club. The others are: 

  • Aaron Judge (New York Yankees)
  • Gary Sánchez (Yankees)
  • Giancarlo Stanton (Yankees) 
  • Nelson Cruz (Minnesota Twins)

“It’s impressive,” manager Joe Maddon said, via “He’s an impressive athlete. And right now, he can’t feel any better about himself or have any more self-confidence.”

Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) reacts after hitting a double against the Kansas City Royals during the ninth inning at Kauffman Stadium.

Angels skipped Ohtani in his rotation spot this past weekend as he deals with a blister that has nagged him since before the season began. 

Ohtani threw a light bullpen earlier Monday but will have another, higher-intensity side session in the coming days that should provide a clearer picture of whether he can pitch through the blister, he said. 

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