By Neil Paine
The derby for Japanese baseball superstar Shohei Ohtani has nearly reached its long-awaited conclusion, after the pitching-and-hitting phenom narrowed his list of preferred teams down to seven. (Notably, the list doesn’t include either the New York Yankees or Boston Red Sox — Ohtani is reportedly leaning toward smaller-market and/or West Coast clubs.) If MLB’s best two-way player since Babe Ruth<a target="_self" rel="nofollow" data-footnote-id="1" href="https://fivethirtyeight.com/#fn-1" data-footnote-content='
Or at least Wes Ferrell.
‘>1 is on his way, we’ll know soon which uniform he’ll wear while revolutionizing the game.
On the field, scouts are sold on Ohtani’s potential (if not his durability) as a top pitcher, as well as his speed and raw power as a hitter. And the statistical projections think he’ll be very good no matter what position he plays. According to the ZiPS system, developed by ESPN’s Dan Szymborski, both Ohtani’s ERA and his on-base-plus-slugging projections figure to be about 20 percent better than league average<a target="_self" rel="nofollow" data-footnote-id="2" href="https://fivethirtyeight.com/#fn-2" data-footnote-content='
Relative to park and league.
Via:: 538 Data Labs